Outdoor Education and Stewardship
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
The San Luis Valley is home to the headwaters of the Rio Grande which is the lifeline of our rich cultural and agricultural heritage. This remarkable region of Colorado includes the Great Sand Dunes National Park, 2 million acres of public lands including wetlands, wilderness areas, and 14ers, and people who are invested in the life and well-being of their communities. Here you will explore, learn, grow, and share your passion for the outdoors. Here you will shape your future.
Your interest in outdoor recreation can evolve into an exciting career through a degree in Outdoor Education and Stewardship (OES). Whether you want to guide adventure trips, teach environmental education, work for a camp, be a park ranger, or an outfitter this program will prepare you to be an outdoor professional.
This course is an overview of the history, theories, concepts, and practices that constitute outdoor leadership professional practice. Students learn a competency based approach to the development of an outdoor leader. Topics include historical and philosophical foundations of outdoor recreation and education, theories of leadership, judgment and decision making, teaching and facilitation, safety and risk management, and environmental stewardship.
This is a field immersion experience to develop and practice outdoor leadership. Students participate in a two week backpacking expedition to learn and apply principles and strategies for minimum impact environmental ethics, risk management, teaching, and leadership.
This course immerses students into conservation practices and stewardship. Hands-on experience participating in local stewardship projects with nonprofit, federal, and state agencies will be a primary component of the course. Students will learn professional approaches and strategies for recreational trail design, maintenance and habitat restoration. Students participate in a variety of learning experiences in various locations throughout the San Luis Valley.Academic Catalog
Outdoor Education and Stewardship and Adventure Programs operate with permits on public lands in coordination with the National Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.