EnEd 3309/3310 - Outdoor Leadership
May Term, 2016
Preparation for the Field-Based Trip: (Due before pack-out)
Refer to any field guide and be familiar with the following:
- Visual identification of the following families:
Read basic information (such as from a Peterson Field Guide):
- Umbellifera (Apiaceae)
Listen to the following bird-songs (use internet source for calls):
- Prairie Dog
- Spotted Towhee
- Yellow Warbler
- You will need to be in moderate physical condition
for this trip. The ND Badlands are exciting because you can travel anywhere
you want. Still, the terrain poses many ups and downs and the climate can
be very arid and hot. In addition, weather can be so fickle as to being in
the high 80's one day and snowing the next. So, this will be a physically
- You should prepare by hiking in
your hiking boots 4-5 miles/week, preferrably in hilly terrain
(such as Chester Park or on the Lester River Ski Trails).
- You can rent gear at very low
prices from the RSOP Outdoor Equipment Rental Center. Be sure to reserve
your equipment at least 2 weeks in advance.
- In addition, there are some hazards:
Heat, cacti, Ticks, Bison, and Prairie Rattle Snakes. While we
have never had any problems from any of these, the potential
for injury from any of them is real. THERE WILL BE NO TOLERANCE
FOR ANY BEHAVIOR THAT IS UNSAFE TOWARD THESE ITEMS.
- Each day we will hold debriefing
sessions where we discuss plans for the day, how the day has
gone, what dynamics occurred, problem solving skills, and interpersonal
strengths & limitations. You should expect to share in group
discussions. As such, the intent of this trip is leadership education.
While it is a fun and enjoyable trip, it is a learning experience
- Finally, in order to make this trip run as smoothly
as possible so that we can cover course material in an optimal manner (having
minimal "lecture" time), it is imperative that you prepare for the
trip both physically AND cognitively. That is,please do the assigned readings
before we leave so that we can simply refer to them along the trail.
This course will conclude with a written final examination, which you will
take on the trail.
- There are additional costs in this
course, beyond your tuition.You should expect to pay $286.00, which covers all
costs of travel, food, group equipment.
- Part of leadership training is administrative
preparation and follow-through. As such, you will be directly involved in
planning the trip. By the end of the course, you will be able to explain and
demonstrate good administrative components for this trip.