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Course Description

The focus of this course is to provide an introduction for using the outdoors or nature as a classroom to enhance leadership skills used in schools today.  Students will be immersed in outdoor experiences and exposed to how these natural settings can effectively change leadership roles in a milieu of settings.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Apply experiential learning concepts to each new outdoor adventure.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with each team member.
  • Utilize reflection in journal writings to enhance problem-solving and inquiry.
  • Develop a constructivist method to problem solving in 'new' learning situations.
  • Apply information from readings to the existing curriculum.
  • Synthesize learning 'adventures' in order to apply to everyday situations.
  • Apply journal writings as a part of the assessment for the course.
  • Discuss the importance of outdoor education and the relationship to leadership.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills with the students participating in XLRN 101.


Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv; Algonquin Books, 2008

Teaching in the Outdoors, by Donald Hammerman, William Hammerman, and Elizabeth Hammerman; Pearson, 2005.




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