Outdoor Recreation Leadership
The ORL Program
Classes in the Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program are designed to balance theory with 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
- Permitting Processes
- Natural History Interpretation
- Group Facilitation
- Outdoor Recreation
- Program and Event Planning and Implementation
In addition to classroom-based learning, most Outdoor Recreation Leadership students also act as trip leaders and teacher’s assistants as a result of their participation in Directed Field Experience.
Formal articulation agreements have been developed with a variety of institutions including Southern Oregon University, CSU Chico, Cal Poly Humboldt, San Jose State University, and Western Colorado University.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- 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 computers that will lead to successful 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 & lifestyle that reflect an understanding of the effect humans have on the environment, trying to mediate the harmful consequences of human behavior.
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