Frequently Asked Questions
The Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program at Feather River College is a 2-year Associate's degree path in the heart of Plumas National Forest. We are the only Outdoor Recreation program in the California community college system and located in the small, rural town of Quincy.
Classes in the Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program are designed to balance theory with hands-on practice and experience. Areas of focus include:
- Leading Outdoor Adventure Activities
- Teaching Outdoor Adventure Skills
- Theories of Recreation and Leisure
- Leadership Theory and Practice
- Public Land Management Philosophies
- Principles of Leave No Trace
- Safety and Rescue
- Management of Group Dynamics
- Risk Management in Outdoor Adventure Programming
- Natural History Interpretation
- Group Facilitation
- Outdoor Recreation
- Program & Event Planning and Implementation
In addition to field and classroom-based learning, Outdoor Recreation Leadership students also act as trip leaders and teacher's assistants through their participation in Directed Field Experience.
The major skills ORL students will achieve while in the program are:
- Leadership: Assess a group & situation to determine what is needed to reach goals while maintaining emotional & physical safety.
- Communication: Demonstrate competence in speaking, writing, and use of technology that will lead to succesful employment in an entry-level position.
- Application: Actively apply knowledge & practiced skills in a variety of settings.
- Knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge of concepts and theories in recreation.
- Involvement: Demonstrate knowledge of issues related to the recreation field, develop opinions about them, and advocate for that position.
- Environment: Develop a philosophy & life style that reflects an understanding of the effect humans have on the environment, trying to mediate the harmful consequences of human behavior.
Graduates of the Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program find themselves well prepared to transfer to a 4-year Univerity and/ or enter the work force.
The ORL Program has alumni employed in many different positions across the outdoor recreation industry, including:
- Expedition River Guides
- Climbing Rangers
- Swiftwater Rescue Instructors
- Ski Patrollers
- Kayak Instructors
- Ski Instructors
- Climbing Guides
- Backcountry Rangers
- Trail Crew Supervisors
- Mountaineering Guides
See what alumni are up to here!
- Lead Avalanche Forecasters
- College Outings Program Coordinators
- Wilderness Medicine Educators
- Forest Service Recreation Planners
- Environmental Conservationists
- City Parks & Recreation Planners
- Expedition Tour Guides
- NOLS Instructors
- Aquatic Center Directors
- Recreation Business Entrepreneurs
The small town of Quincy is located in the most Northern part of the Sierra Nevada's and is nestled in the heart of Plumas National Forest. Comprised of more than a million acres of land, Plumas National Forest provides the ideal laboratory for courses in Outdoor Recreation Leadership. These local public lands allow for numerous recreation opportunities, including single-track trails to hike and bike, rocks to climb, peaks to ski, and rivers to raft and kayak.
Check out some of our local landscapes below!
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