Outdoor Skills Courses and Certifications

A group rafts down a river with rocky hills along the shoreline

Classes

Spring 2020 - ENVS 591, Section 001- Topics: Swift Water Safety

Summer 2020 - Canyons of the Lower Salmon River Expedition Course

Fall 2020 ENVS 260, Section 001- Outdoor Leadership

Fall 2020 ENVS 361, Section 001- Outdoor Team Building and Group Facilitation


Spring 2020

ENVS 591, Section 001- Topics: Swift Water Safety

Outdoor Leadership Instructor: Joey Parent, parentaj@vcu.edu

Saturday and Sunday, April 25 - 26

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

Capacity: 12

The River Safety and Rescue class teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques and simple rescues of recreational paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Fundamental techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as entrapments and pins are also taught. This course is aimed at whitewater boaters interested in learning fundamental river rescue skills.

Please review our Trip Policies and Procedures.


Summer 2020

 

Canyons of the Lower Salmon River - Expedition Course

ENVS 491, Section 001- Expedition Planning & Management (2 Credits)

ENVS 591 - Filmmaking in the Field (2 Credits)

BIOL 391 - Natural History of the Lower Salmon River (2 Credits)

Instructors: Karl Schmidt [kmschmidt@vcu.edu], Ron Lopez [lopezr5@vcu.edu], Dan Carr [carrdf@vcu.edu], Dr.James Vonesh [jrvonesh@vcu.edu]

July 9 - August 7

Enrollment: Must apply and be accepted.  Apply here

For more information visit the Course Website and read Course Info

Credits: 6

Capacity: 16

This interdisciplinary expedition is a collaboration between VCU's Center for Environmental Studies, the Outdoor Adventure Program, and the Department of Biology.  Students will live and learn in the field as they travel down the canyons of Idaho's Lower Salmon River, investigating the intersections of human and natural history in a rugged western landscape.  This immersive learning experience will offer students 6 credits in three courses. 


Fall 2020
ENVS 260, Section 001- Outdoor Leadership

Instructor: Joey Parent, parentaj@vcu.edu

Tuesday/Thursday 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Capacity: 40

This course is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts of outdoor leadership and how to apply those theories to both short- term and extended field-based experiences. Students will examine the broad scope of the outdoor profession while exploring its value to environmental professionals. Topics include historical and philosophical foundations of outdoor leaders, researchers and philosophers, theories of leadership, judgment & decision-making, values and ethics, teaching and facilitation, safety and risk management, and environmental stewardship. 


ENVS 361, Section 001- Outdoor Team Building and Group Facilitation

Instructor: Sam Albert, scalbert@vcu.edu

Tuesday/Thursday 5:00 - 6:15 p.m.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Capacity: 20

Adventure experiences can comprise a wide variety of functions for any particular individual or group. Some of those functions are purely recreational, in which the focus of the experience is primarily on the activity itself. In other instances, the focus of the adventure experience may resonate more strongly with certain educational or interpretive goals.  That is, the aim of the process concerns not only the immediate activity (experience) but also on how that experience can stand for something else in a person’s life. The purpose of ENVS 361 is to provide students with an understanding of both the theory and techniques used to facilitate an adventure experience directed at maximizing the potential for benefits.