Programming and Partipication

Outdoor Adventure Learning Community programs include …

  • social gatherings to hang out and unwind.
  • informal gatherings to discuss and practice outdoor leadership and adventure skills and issues;
  • on-campus trips to do outdoor activities, planned by OALC community members, that may include hiking, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, star gazing, and practice of outdoor adventure skills for use on longer trips.
  • off-campus day trips to do outdoor activities, planned by OALC community members, that may include kayaking/canoeing, longer hikes, whitewater rafting, skiing (snow board, alpine, and/or cross-county), rock climbing, or biking.
  • occasional off-campus multi-day trips, planned by OALC community members, like the off-campus day trips, but further afield and often involving camping.

Outdoor Adventure Learning Community gatherings include subjects chosen and planned by community members with the faculty advisor and staff. Past programs have included:

  • practicing skills enhancing the experience of activities like camping, kayaking, rafting, climbing, spelunking, biking, and hiking.
  • discussions of how to have a balanced diet for maximum performance and finding balance in the sometimes stressful student life.
  • learning and practicing outdoor survival skills.
  • reading groups and movie nights.
  • making music.
  • planning and participating in community service projects.
  • discussions of sustainability on the trail and applying it to everyday life, e.g. "Leave No Trace Theory".
  • discussions of outdoor adventure leadership and safely.

Outdoor Adventure Learning Community trips have included:

  • on-campus: cross-country skiing, hiking, rocking climbing (indoor wall).
  • off-campus: backpacking, camping, white water rafting, downhill skiing and snowboarding, lake kayaking, hiking.