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Recreation & Outdoor Education

Field Courses

Teaching Outside

Part of the philosophy of Western’s Recreation & Outdoor Education department is for students to learn by doing. Because of this, we feel it is invaluable for students to gain experience learning and teaching in the natural environment. Several courses offered require multiple days spent outdoors as part of the class. All of these courses are required for students graduating with an emphasis in Outdoor Leadership.

ROE 189 Principles of Outdoor Recreation (3 credits)

An exploration of the characteristics of wilderness and back-country environments in terms of potential hazards and human capability for adverse impact on resource lands. The course is designed to create an outdoor education foundation and to enhance the knowledge of and appreciation for the natural environment so that safe, responsible and enjoyable outdoor adventures are possible. Leave No Trace Trainer curriculum will be covered and students will be provided the opportunity to earn a certificate. Prerequisite Permission.

ROE 293 Outdoor Pursuits Education—Water Based (3 credits)

Water-based outdoor leadership, skill development in areas such as rescue techniques, rafting, and kayaking. Field trips required. Summer offering only. Consult with instructor prior to registration week. Prerequisites: ROE 189; ROE 283; and instructor permission.

ROE 295 Outdoor Pursuits Education—Snow Based (3 credits)

Snow-based outdoor leadership, skill development in areas such as rescue techniques, mountaineering, back-country skiing and winter camping. Field trips required. Spring offering only. Consult with instructor prior to registration week. Prerequisites: ROE 189; ROE 283; and instructor permission.

ROE 296 Outdoor Pursuits Education—Land Based (3 credits)

Land-based outdoor leadership and skill development in areas such as rescue techniques, mountaineering, rock climbing, backpacking and caving. Field trips required. Fall and summer offering only. Consult with instructor prior to registration week. Prerequisites: ROE 189; ROE 283; and instructor permission; co-requisite: ROE 320.

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