Field Courses

Teaching Outside

Part of the philosophy of Western's Recreation & Outdoor Education department is for students to learn while 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.

ROE 320   Leave No Trace Master Educator (3 credits)

A comprehensive overview of Leave No Trace skills and ethics. Time in the classroom, as well as in a backcountry setting, allows students to gain understanding of LNT history, theory, wilderness ethics and practical application of the seven principles and teaching techniques. Students may be provided the opportunity to design and teach an awareness workshop. Prerequisites: ROE 189; ROE 283; and instructor permission; corequisite: ROE 296.