You will spend 50 days expanding your mastery of wilderness techniques across multiple environments, emphasizing the skills needed to work in the field of outdoor and adventure education. You will be immersed in the history, tradition and teaching methods of Outward Bound, an organization that has long been a pioneer of wilderness and experiential education throughout the world. Designed specifically for individuals interested in pursuing instructional, guiding or teaching positions, this multi-layered course offers 50 days of in-depth learning in mountaineering, snow camping, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and first aid, while simultaneously exploring group dynamics, experiential education theory and methods and wilderness activity management. This course will provide you with opportunities to act as a student as well as an educator within a community of peers. Previous students are working in all facets of the outdoor industry as guides, Instructors and classroom teachers, and those who have taken this course feel that it gave them valuable relevant skills and knowledge to be better educators.
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Are you motivated by the never-ending discovery in the adventure of the outdoors? Are you passionate about sharing knowledge and helping future generations become comfortable and confident appreciators of the natural world and skilled wilderness wanderers? Working as an outdoor educator requires deep technical expertise in outdoor skills alongside hands-on training in the science behind experiential learning and how to create lasting impact for students. Outward Bound leads the outdoor education industry in both areas, providing a coveted foundation to jump-start an outdoor-involved career.
The Outdoor Educator course is the most comprehensive Outward Bound course available, allowing you to work in and through the widest variety of wilderness environments and develop high level skills in each. Beyond preparing you for career opportunities in the outdoor industry, you may also earn academic credit in the field of Recreation and Outdoor Education.
Students will travel on the river, for four to seven days in four to six person paddle rafts, and learn to “captain” (maneuver) their paddle raft team through Class II to Class IV rapids. After lessons in basic river travel and safety, students will progress into learning to read currents, anticipate obstacles, scout rapids and negotiate technical portions of the river. Students will also learn river hydrology, swimming in currents, paddle techniques and expeditionary travel. While on the rafting expedition, there may also be an opportunity for short day hikes.
Students will receive individual instruction and test their skills against vertical cracks, steep faces and boulders. Camping will be in a front country site at Smith Rock State Park among the multicolored cliffs and spires. Students will learn about basic climbing equipment, rope management, wearing harnesses, tying knots, belaying and rappelling techniques and movement on rock.
The mountaineering section of this course moves through high mountain terrain and focuses on preparation for a peak attempt that may require the use of ropes, technical equipment and possibly rock climbing. Each day presents a different focus, with ample time for experiential learning. The Instructor-to-student ratio is never more than 1:5 during this section, allowing for personal coaching on the physical techniques of mountaineering, as well as catering the curriculum to the specific interests and aptitudes of individual course participants.
In progression, students will learn basic mountaineering skills like route finding, snow travel, ice axe use and potentially rope team travel. Please note that peak attempts are dependent upon variables such as weather, group dynamic, and course length.
Nine days of this course will be spent fulfilling the 72 hours of classroom and hands on learning required to obtain a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification. During this portion of the expedition, students will learn advanced backcountry first aid and evacuation techniques. Each day, time will be devoted to lectures and exams as well as practical hands-on sessions and rescue simulations. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments. Full participation is required. Upon successfully completing and passing the course, students will receive WFR, Anaphylaxis, and Basic Life Support-CPR certification cards from Wilderness Medical Training Center. These are the industry-standard medical certifications that are required for professionals working in the outdoors.
Near the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to synthesize their learning into a two day teaching practicum. Through a partnership with a local middle school, Instructor students will spend two days with a group of middle school students, teaching them the basics of camping, group cohesion and rock climbing.
Service to others and to the environment are core values of Outward Bound and they are integrated into each course. Participants follow Leave No Trace ethics as part of their service to the environment. Students develop an ingrained appreciation of service, seeing the impact of their actions firsthand, by multiple small acts of service with and for their crewmates while leading and supporting each other throughout the journey
In order for profound learning to take place, there must be time to reflect on the experience. Solo is that opportunity. The Solo experience provides an important break from the rigors of the expedition and gives students the opportunity to reflect on their Outward Bound experience. With sufficient food and equipment, students will set up camp at sites of their own, using the wilderness skills learned during the first portions of the course. The time students spend on Solo depends on limitation of the itinerary and Instructor preference. On this course Solo experiences can last up to 72 hours. Solo campsites are chosen to offer as much solitude as possible (yet be within emergency whistle-signaling distance of other group members). Most students spend their Solo time journaling, drawing, reflecting, thinking and resting as they process lessons of the course to focus on their goals for the future. Instructors check on each participant at regular intervals, as safety is always the top priority.
Outdoor Educator Course students will receive in-depth training in technical, interpersonal and educational skills that apply to being an outdoor educator. With a progression of teaching and leadership skills where Instructors and peers will provide feedback in an organized setting, students will be prepared to step into the roll of an Instructor for a short outdoor education experience. Much like other courses, students will be challenged to try new things, step outside their comfort zones, and do things they never before thought they could do. As a team, each group will work together to complete difficult tasks necessary for backcountry travel, expedition living and outdoor leadership.
Deschutes River, Oregon
The Deschutes River is part of the national Wild & Scenic Rivers system. The river flows north from the Oregon Cascades to the Columbia River and then on to the Pacific Ocean. The Lower Deschutes is a popular river for both whitewater rafting and fly fishing. The river is spring-fed, which results in an unusually constant water flow and consistently cold water. Excellent geologic evidence is present all around this area. Courses generally travel anywhere from 50 to 100 miles along the Lower Deschutes. The rapids on the Deschutes, rated up to Class IV, are mostly Class II-III, and are excellent for learning paddle skills and teamwork. The group camps each night along the banks of the river. The Deschutes region has a colorful human history with a railroad bordering much of the length of the Lower Deschutes.
Smith Rock State Park, Oregon
Smith Rock is widely considered to be one of the best sport climbing areas in the country and the variety of climbing offered attracts climbers of every ability level. It is a uniquely beautiful area that commonly graces postcards and calendars. The Crooked River lazily winds its way through the canyon, cutting a path through the cliffs and spires. To the west, the snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascade Range rise on the horizon above the flat checkerboard of irrigated plains. One of the most striking features is a prominent spire called the Monkey Face. Given the dry and temperate climate, rock climbing is feasible most of the year.
Central Cascades, Oregon
Volcanoes dot the spine of the Cascade Mountains, rising over 10,000 feet above the forests, lakes and rivers of the surrounding region. These glaciated peaks run north and south and create perfect mountaineering objectives for this course. The Central Cascade range is home to the Three Sisters, Broken Top, Mt. Washington, Three Fingered Jack and Mt. Jefferson. Four 10,000 foot glaciated volcanoes are present in this course area, with a total of nine major volcanoes in the nearby region. One can find a unique blend of dry east side and wet west side weather conditions which allow diverse types of vegetation to flourish. The area has a complex geologic history that continues today. Active glaciers methodically carve away the mountains and the dramatic traces of avalanches that altered the landscape can be found throughout.
Odin Falls Basecamp, Redmond, Oregon
This facility is our office and support site for all wilderness courses conducted in Oregon. The 48-acre property is located on the Deschutes River in the high desert, north of Bend, Oregon. From the basecamp, Smith Rock State Park is visible to the east and the Central Cascades rise in the distance to the west. Students will spend time at this location in order to utilize the lodge classroom setting for the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) portion of the course. Students will either stay in our campground or a rustic bunkhouse on the property.
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