Outdoor Leadership Field School
Expeditionary, adventure-based leadership training
The Outdoor Leadership Field School is a for-credit course held over the May term. It is an expeditionary, adventure-based experience that gives students the opportunity to develop and practice leadership skills through immersion in the wilderness.
Over the duration of the course, students will gain confidence and learn skills to travel (hike, backpack, climb, and paddle) in the outdoors and work effectively as a team. Participants have the chance to earn certificates from the in outdoor leadership, from Wilderness Education Association, and in environmental ethics, from Leave no Trace.
Outdoor adventure in a wilderness setting over multiple days is an unique opportunity for fun, escape, interaction with the natural environment, self-reflection, a shared experience, as well as a transformative educational experience.
Upcoming Information Sessions (Pizza Provided)
Tuesday, February 21 | MMGYM Room 230 or Zoom | 5:00-6:00pm
Monday, February 27 | SUB Room TBD or Zoom | 5:00-6:00pm
"One of the best ways to learn is experientially, that’s where you fully understand what you’re learning." —Daniel Ezell
"While on the field course in outdoor leadership, I was able to grow both physically and mentally. The experience will challenge you and push you to new limits. These limits definitely improve your leadership capabilities for future endeavors. I recommend taking this course to any major if you want to truly challenge yourself and grow." —Bowen Jackson
When and where?
The 2023 experience will take place in the Boundary Waters Wilderness from May 13 to June 1. The Boundary Waters is a glacially-carved landscape and a designated wilderness area that straddles the United States-Canada border and is part of the Superior National Forest.
Who can attend?
This course is available for any student, regardless of major, who desires to develop leadership skills.
How to apply?
Space is extremely limited for this transformative experience. Click here to begin your application.
Contact Dr. Kelli McMahan, Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Outdoor Education and Leadership.
Download the full Outdoor Leadership Field School information packet here for complete details about the experience.
"The Outdoor Leadership Field Course was an incredible opportunity where I was able to grow in confidence, outdoor skills, and see some of the most amazing views across the country. It was challenging yet refreshing at the same time and enabled me to grow a passion for the outdoors." —Derrick Charo