Outdoor Leadership and Group Dynamics

Spring 2020
Class Size: 30
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Cynthia Kennedy
Paul Przybylowicz
ecology, biology, mycology

Do you think about leading groups in the outdoors? Do you love to share particular outdoor experiences, skills and knowledge with others?  Do you want to know how to become a more effective leader?  

In this program, we will draw upon the disciplines of outdoor leadership, wilderness medicine, organizational learning, participatory management, systems thinking, and contemplative practice to provide the knowledge and skill for individuals interested in leading groups, particularly in the outdoors. You will gain skills in group process, inter- and intra-personal communication, conflict resolution, trip planning, back country medical protocols, group facilitation, along with the moral and ethical responsibilities of leadership.

We will complete a Wilderness First Responder training and receive a nationally recognized certification. This advanced medical training is the outdoor industry standard for guides that take people into remote areas for recreational and/or educational activities. This intensive 80-hour training will run for a 9-day block. During this time, class will start at 8 AM and go until 5-6 PM each day.

There will be a significant field component to this class, regardless of weather. We will spend a significant amount of time outdoors at a variety of elevations.  There will be a number of day field trips and one multi-day field trip. Students will need sufficient and appropriate gear to be comfortable outdoors in the highly variable Pacific Northwest Spring conditions.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Outdoor leadership, business, guiding, group facilitation


Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.

$250 for specialized training

Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 30

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 9:00 am
SEM 2 D1107 - Workshop

Located in: Olympia