OPP Leadership Training Program


OPP - Credit for Adventure

The Outdoor Pursuits Leadership Training Program is designed to provide training and experience in safe and responsible leadership of outdoor pursuits activities. The Program includes skills courses in a variety of land-based outdoor activities, professional development courses, and field leadership (practicum) experiences.

Participation in the Program is exciting and challenging, providing opportunities to enhance skills, experience personal growth, develop leadership abilities, and explore the region's exceptionally beautiful and diverse outdoor areas.

PEL 409 - Practicum Experiences

Outdoor Pursuit practicum experiences are designed to meet the needs of students working towards completing the Outdoor Pursuits Leadership Training Program.

Practicum experience provides students with an opportunity to develop their teaching and leadership skills by assisting with OPP on-campus and field leadership ouutings.

Please review the following information related to practicum experiences:

     Students assisting with any course must be enrolled for practicum.

     Practicum assignments MUST be approved by the course instructor.

     Enrollment may be for credit, or non-credit (ncs).

     All assignments are 1-credit transactions.

     If you are enrolling online for more than one practicum, you need to use a different CRN each time.

Enrolling For A Practicum Experience

Practicum CRN's




Fall Term 2019




Winter Term 2020




Spring Term 2020




Spring Term 2020

Searching For An Outdoor Job

Searching for a 'perfect' outdoor job? We recommend that you plan well ahead and work towards developing a diverse skill set. Most entry positions are seasonal, don't pay that well, but can be highly enjoyable and open doors to future opportunities. Plan on 'paying your dues' on your way to finding one that meets your personal or professional aspirations. Consider internships, volunteer opportunites and other positons in your community that build upon your skills and experience.

Looking for a place to start? Review the following outdoor job sites:

Requesting A Letter Of Recommendation

University policy REQUIRES that you consent (in writing) to the release of information of an evaluative nature regarding your performance in our program.  We WILL NOT submit a letter of recommendation until you provide a signed and dated copy of the Student Consent To Release Records and Information form.

When requesting a reference or recommendation be sure to provide:

1.  The job or position title,

2.  As much information as possible about the job or position you are seeking, so we can focus on the appropriate elements of your experience with us,

3.  For a written letter, the name and title of the person to whom we should address the letter.

4.  For an online reference, paste the link to the online site into an e-mail message and make the process as user friendly as possible.

5.  The consent to release records form.

We strongly urge you to waive your right of access to your letters of recommendation.  Unless this is done, the reference is much less credible, to the extent that it is usually not worth the effort for you, or for us.  For this reason, we usually do not agree to complete ‘open’ letters of recommendation.

Please do all of this well in advance of the date when the reference must be submitted.  It’s often impossible for us to respond quickly to requests for letters of recommendation, as it takes a good deal of time to complete a formal letter or fill out an online evaluation.  Please allow several weeks for us to respond, especially during winter and spring terms, when we often have many reference requests on our desks.

It is important to understand that we write “ruthlessly honest” letters of recommendation.  Prospective employers often ask questions about both “hard” and “soft” leadership skills, punctuality, reliability, trustworthiness, maturity, judgment, common sense, performance under stressful conditions, and professionalism.  Feel free to ask us if you are unsure how we feel about your performance in any of the above areas. 

From a professional perspective, we hope to observe a pattern of consistent improvement in knowledge, skill, decision making, and maturity.  From a personal perspective, we hope that your involvement in the OPP leaves you with great memories, enough skills and knowledge to safely enjoy many years of outdoor activity, and a lifelong appreciation of and commitment to the natural environment.

Enrolling For Academic Credit

Practica are listed in the online class schedule under PEL 409 - Leadership.  Credit enrollments are done via    Duckweb. There is no registration block on practium courses.  Practicum CRN's are also posted below on a term by term basis.

Enrolling  Non-Credit

Obtain a "permission to add" form from the course instructor.

Take the form to the main desk area of the Student Recreation Center to enroll. Payment is required at the time of registration, in the form of cash or check. You may also bill your student account.

After Registering

If possible, meet with the course instructor prior to the first class session. If this is not possible, attend the first class to learn about your specific responsibilities, or contact the instructor to find out the date and time of scheduled leader meetings.