PE 239 Outdoor Leadership • 4 Cr.


Leadership styles and techniques in outdoor education will be explored. Students develop conflict resolution, emotional management and task balancing skills while developing a greater understanding of group dynamics. Risk management issues including recognizing hazards, decision making, site evaluation, accessibility and back country first aid requirements will also be discussed. Recommended: HLTH 260.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify real and perceived risks associated with select adventure activities
  • Develop a risk management plan proposal with supporting research
  • Develop contingency plans when risks exceed benefits
  • Manage groups traveling in the outdoors safely
  • Understand group dynamics and identify a personal leadership style
  • Develop ice breaker activities designed to improve group collaborations
  • Plan an outdoor adventure trip and identify safety, costs, equipment and potential risks