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"Let your walks now be a little more adventurous."
- Henry David Thoreau
Adventures in education:
Outdoor education courses at Salisbury University take
learning beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom to
help students develop a broad variety of practical skills in an
atmosphere that combines discovery and adventure. Core
components of the program include stewardship of the environment
and the development of adventure-based leadership skills.
Experiential learning techniques are used and key
- Equipping - students with essential skills for safely
planning and leading outdoor excursions.
Courses are available in Wilderness First Aid, Navigation,
Canoeing and Kayaking, Camping & Backpacking, Scuba Diving,
Outdoor Leadership Techniques, Camp Management & Leadership,
and Adventure Based Leadership.
- Engaging – the natural world in classes that facilitate
a better understanding of and appreciation for the
environment. Leave-no-trace ethics are
taught and carefully observed as students learn simple and
memorable techniques for stewardship.
- Expanding – student aptitudes for self-reflection,
interpersonal communication, peer-leadership and crisis
decision making. These courses are
specifically designed to push individual comfort zones.
Participants should expect rigorous challenges,
ranging from full-length research papers on leadership
disasters to winter hiking and backpacking on the
Expand your horizons:
Education classes offer practical preparation for a growing job
market. Graduates of the program will acquire
skills that can be used in Camp leadership, National Park
Services, and a variety of wilderness adventure and interpretive
programs. Job-ready certifications
include Canoeing & Kayaking, Wilderness First Aid, and SCUBA
Diving. Internships are available upon request and
can provide ideal preparation for prospective employers.
An Outdoor Education minor is also an excellent
complement for any major, as it offers an alternative approach
for developing valuable skills such as teamwork, communication,
risk management, and responsible decision making.
One important and unique feature of Salisbury University’s
Outdoor Education program is its focus on Camp leadership.
Few Outdoor Education programs really focus on this
subject area, which includes strategies for designing programs,
understanding and responding appropriately to the various
developmental stages of children, and training and hiring camp
dinner by fire while watching the sun set over an
- Learning new techniques for scrambling up a rock wall.
- Navigating with a compass and a topographical map.
- Exploring the Eastern Shore’s scenic waterways from the
seat of a kayak.
- Developing real-world survival skills, including
first-aid and emergency shelter-building.
- Leading a large group of your peers in a dynamic and
engaging adventure program of your own design.