The Outdoor Education program is designed to train students in the educational, management and/or therapeutic uses of physical activity in natural and challenging environments. This goal is achieved by students completing coursework in experiential methods, wilderness emergency medicine, leadership development and outdoor education theories, as well as developing a specialized area focused on a current professional application in outdoor education (most often in education, business, therapy, or management). Students are required to document a minimum of 100 days of "face-to-face" outdoor leadership experience before qualifying for their final internship. The option consists of approximately 70 credits of Outdoor Education coursework within the required 128 credits to graduate.
One major component of the curriculum is the focus on student directed learning. The program provides a variety of experiential activities for learning, focusing on the practical application of outdoor skills with a variety of populations. Students are also expected to supplement coursework and experiences at UNH with direct learning opportunities in the field. Faculty are available to help students arrange these experiences so they can match professional objectives with appropriate vocational opportunities.
Article in Paddler Ezine featuring Laurie Gullion and her canoe journey
Challenge Course Management
The following is footage from the Spring 2012 UNH Course KIN 541- Challenge Course Management with instructor Jeff Frigon.
This course provides students with an introduction to the basic facilitation and technical skills to manage a challenge course program. Specific topics include: group process, framing, and sequencing, belay methods, participant and instructor equipment, operating procedures for low and high challenge course elements, and industry standards.
In this short clip students are learning about a popular low element called The Trust Fall.
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