Adventure Leadership & Programming at Adams State University

Enjoy recreating in nature? Want to make a positive impact in your workplace and community? Complementing any major with a minor in Adventure Leadership and Programming will prepare you with the skills and experience to confidently care for, collaborate with, and lead others within the natural environment.

While students learn a variety of skills such as constructing rock climbing anchors, avalanche terrain assessment, risk management, or how to teach experientially, the core of an ALP course focuses on developing the person to be a better version of themself.

The ALP prepares graduates for leadership roles primarily through field based courses such as a 17-day backpacking and leadership course. In this course, students learn many skills such as navigation, minimum impact principles and techniques, and how to cook nutritious and delicious meals in the middle of nowhere. Additionally, students practice leading and teaching to develop skills that are useful in any future role and responsibility they may have.

Many Grizzlies majoring in the  Earth Sciences or Wildlife Biology, for example, add the ALP minor to give them more experience and confidence in the outdoors. Students interested in a major in ALP can work with the program coordinator to create an Interdisciplinary degree plan that combines the ALP with one or two other relevant areas of interest.

 

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Adventure Leadership & Programming Highlights

“Trail Restoration and Wilderness Conservation wasn’t on my list of possible jobs when I first started at Adams State but after joining the ALP program I learned to really appreciate the wilderness surrounding the San Luis Valley. Through my involvement with the ALP I became aware of the opportunity to work for the Colorado Mountain Club. I wanted to give back to the wilderness areas I loved, so I couldn’t pass it up. Spending the work season in the Rio Grande National Forest I’ve helped in the restoration of dozens of trails, and aided in the conservation of hundreds of miles of Colorado wilderness. Not only has the ALP program granted me the experience and necessary skills to enjoy the backcountry while I work, it has also taught me to see what being in the wilderness can do for the quality of life I choose to live.”

Logan Hjelmstad, ALP Class of 2018
Colorado Mountain Club Stewardship Crew Leader

 

Adventure Leadership & Programming Outcomes

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Adventure Leadership graduates are currently employed
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Adventure Leadership graduates currently work in outdoor related fields

ALP Mission
Adventure Leadership and Programming (ALP) exists to develop leaders who value the humanity of others, are willing to risk failure, and seek continual improvement so that they are capable of making a positive impact within their communities. Our graduates demonstrate and inspire responsible stewardship for the natural environment, teamwork, and a mindset of continual improvement.

Environmental Stewardship
ALP students learn and practice minimum impact environmental ethics. Students also participate in a variety of local stewardship projects in partnership with Volunteers Outdoors Colorado, The Colorado Mountain Club, San Luis Valley Great Outdoors, and our local federal natural resource agencies.

Technical Skills

Backpacking
Rock and Ice Climbing
Avalanche Terrain Assessment
Alpine Climbing
Paddle Sports
Wilderness Medicine
Mountain Biking
Challenge Course Facilitation

Career Options

Wilderness Therapy
Guide Services and Tourism
Public Education
Conservation Education
Natural Resource Management
Outdoor Education

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Adventure Leadership & Programming Faculty

Curt-Howell
Curt Howell, M.Ed
Program Coordinator | Instructor
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Brian Puccerella, M.A.
Instructor
Mat-Erpelding
Mat Erpelding M.A.
Instructor

Adventure Leadership & Programming Features

Explore Some of Our Courses

KIN 261: Adventure Leadership/Program Expanded (6 hours)
The Adventure Leadership and Programming Expedition (ALP) is a 14-day expeditionary learning experience that takes place in the backcountry of the Southern San Juan Mountains or the Sangre De Cristo Wilderness. This is the first and introductory course in the Adventure Leadership and Programming Minor. The course seeks to teach the basic principles of outdoor leadership, wilderness expeditioning, and site management. This is one of eight courses that build to the Adventure Leadership and Programming Minor.

KIN 266: Wilderness First Aid (WFA) (1 hours)
The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is designed to introduce you to the concepts of medical care in a wilderness setting. The course focuses on Basic Life Support skills, minor trauma, selected environmental topics, spine assessment and the ruling out process, allergic and toxic reactions, and common” medical emergencies.”

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