Leadership Development Courses
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Attendance our the first class sessions is REQUIRED. Please read our enrollment and first day attendance policies.

PEO 451 - Adventure Education - fall term



This course examines factors and variables that help students become more effective leadeimage of facesrsand team members.Students learn how to lead and debrief adventure activities, and discoverhow group dynamics, communication, and other factors play an integral role in shaping the personality and character of teams.

The course involves lectures, discussions, group activities, and a Saturday on-campus outing. Students gain hands-on experience leading experiential activities.

Content includes: semantics and definitions, communication and feedback, leadership theory, group dynamics, history and philosophy, ethical issues, and leading and debriefing experiential activities.

PEO 453 - Environmental Education- spring term

oregon white oakThis course introduces students to the natural history of the region and develops environmental interpretation skills. The focus is on thenatural history of Oregon (with an emphasis on oak/savanna, coastal old growth and western Cascades old growth ecosystems). Review the course syllabus.

Course topics include: semantics and definitions, ecological concepts, teaching strategies for outdoor settings, natural history, and environmental interpretation.Emphasis is placed on using a taxanomic key to identify native trees, shrubs and flowers.

Readings, lecture notes and resources are posted to the course Blackboard site.

PEO 455 - Principles of Outdoor Leadership - winter term


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This course examines the roles and responsibilities of outdoor leaders, field leadership tactics and methods, risk management concerns, and emergency procedures.

The three-day outing includes a driver training component, a night hike to a campsite on the Oregon coast, and scenario-based learning modules emphasizing the development of field leadership skills. 

PEOL 285 - Wilderness Survival is a prerequisite to participation in this course. PEOL 351 - Backpacking (or equivalent experience) is also required. No exceptions!

OPP - credit for adventure