Ideal for students pursuing environmental careers and service credits, this expedition is built around Outward Bound's renowned leadership training, with a dedicated focus on environmental and social stewardship. Get to know the places and people that need your help; discuss the role of service; learn about and see the people and places that are impacted by your efforts; and reflect upon the impact of your work. Along the way, receive 20 documented service hours and earn Wilderness First Aid and Leave No Trace certifications - all while exploring the Appalachian Mountains, state and county parks and forests and the vibrant city of Philadelphia.
This course is closed for the season. 2018 courses coming soon.
No two Outward Bound expeditions are ever quite the same. Every crew is unique; every route is distinct; and every adventure is dynamic. But one thing remains the same. On each course, students rise to meet exhilarating natural challenges in some of the country’s wildest places – and find strength and determination along the way.
Previous backpacking experience is not necessary to successfully complete this course. Students will jump in the moment they arrive at base camp to begin learning the basics from expert instructors. Throughout the trek, participants will explore beautiful Pennsylvania forests thick with mountain laurel and rhododendron, cool mountain streams, and unique rock formations. As the group develops comfort and eventually mastery of wilderness travel skills like packing a pack, backcountry campcraft, and navigation, they simultaneously hone non-technical skills like communication, leadership, problem-solving, and self-reliance that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
This course is designed to build the next generation of leaders with a concern for the environment. Students may work side by side with staff from Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, State Parks and Forests Rangers, farmers, environmentalists from the Audubon Society or local non-profit leaders during service projects with the intent to educate about the natural environment and exposing students to “green careers” in the natural world. Service opportunities may include remote trail maintenance, invasive species removal, native plantings, forestry, community gardens and food banks. Students will also gain skills and knowledge in Leave No Trace ethics and Wilderness First Aid while accruing 20 service hours on course.
This service-intensive course utilizes the course area’s state parks, wilderness, and urban environments to empower participants into becoming environmental stewards. Throughout course, participants will gain experience, knowledge, and practice in the areas of Leave No Trace and Wilderness First Aid. Overall, students will leave with a better understanding of themselves, their impact on the environment and a sense of teamwork as they reflect on their newfound tools, skills and resources to make an impact on the world and their communities.
Pennsylvania remains one of the most forested states in the nation. It includes some of the most intact and bountiful hardwood forest lands in the temperate world and is second only to Alaska in navigable water ways in the US. The Appalachiansare some of the oldest mountains in the world and include the Alleghany, Blue, Blue Ridge and Pocono Mountains. The range is mostly located in the Unites States but extends into southeastern Canada as well. This course will take place in the south central region of Pennsylvania, passing through multiple state forest and park lands including Michaux State forest and Pine Grove State Park.
The city of Philadelphia is rich in history, culture and green space and boasts the largest maintained city park in the country (over 10,000 acres). The crew will have a chance to experience some of Philadelphia’s most beautiful places and meet some of its wonderful people.
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