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Outdoor Recreation Leadership Course - Spring '19

EL 200 is designed to teach fundamental outdoor leadership techniques, history, and ethics via discussions and experiential learning.

If you love the great outdoors, and seek to strengthen your leadership skills, then EL 200 (Teaching Techniques for Land-Based Adventures) is the course for you!  This course is only offered in the spring and is taught through the Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Administration.  Scroll down to view the course overview and objectives.The course is 2 credit hours, and meets Tuesdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  If you are interested in registering for this course, please email Dr. Shannon Richardson at  Students must have instructor approval to add this course. 

Course Description

This course is designed to teach fundamental outdoor leadership techniques, history, and ethics through discussions and experiential learning. The major emphasis will be on understanding small group dynamics, expedition behavior, intra- and inter- personal skills and risk management throughout an outdoor experience. The course is intended to prepare and provide a foundation for participation in a leadership capacity within an outdoor education or adventure recreation program. Additionally, students will learn basic backcountry technical skills through an introduction to a variety of skill demonstrations.

Course Objectives

“The student will…”

  • Become familiar with historical foundations of outdoor leadership
  • Understand fundamental skills and styles of outdoor leadership
  • Apply leadership concepts and demonstrate competence
  • Develop solid leadership qualities in a multiple settings
  • Assist peers in identifying and establishing leadership potential