Outdoor Education Courses

The purpose of these courses is to develop visionary outdoor educational leaders who are prepared to be agents of change in the world, whether in a wilderness context or a context where these transferable skills are implemented. Courses completed in this prefix could lead to a national Certificate in Outdoor Education.


Registration for Outdoor Education classes begins on Tuesday January 7th in the Outdoor Center

Winter 2020 Courses

OUTDOOR 14: Rock Climbing: Gym to CRAG

1 unit. Thurs  3:00-4:20pm. Field Weekend:  2/21-2/23.   Enroll at Outdoor Center

Skills to transition from indoor climbing facilities to outdoor rock climbing venues. Emphasis will be placed on evaluating risk, along with constructing and assessing safe anchoring systems using natural and bolted anchors.

Course Fee:  $150.00

OUTDOOR 15: Rock Climbing: Intermediate Anchors

1 unit.   Field Intensive 3/20-3/26.    Enroll at Outdoor Center

Explore climbing safety systems as they apply to anchor building, self-rescue, impact forces, and belaying. Emphasis will be placed on constructing and evaluating safe traditional anchor systems as well as learning techniques for self-rescue in the single pitch outdoor rock climbing environment.

Course fee: $250.00

OUTDOOR 25: Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking

1  unit. Wed. 6:30-8:30 pm  Field Weekend 11/8-11/10.  Enroll at Outdoor Center

Instructs paddlers in whitewater kayaking techniques. Emphasizes basic skills needed for paddling class II, II whitewater rivers including paddle strokes, boat control, and essential whitewater safety information. 

Course Fee $150.00

OUTDOOR 5: Winter Camping and Travel

1 unit   W 7:00-7:50. Field Weekend 2/15-2/17.     Enroll at Outdoor Center

Learn basic skills for winter camping and travel including thermoregulation, avalanche awareness, proper winter weather clothing and equipment, common cold weather medical issues, and LNT for camping and travel. Field experience includes practicing travel techniques, snow shelter construction, snow slope evaluation, use of avalanche beacons, and winter route finding.

Course Fee $150

OUTDOOR 9: Travel as a Sacred Journey Towards Presence, Practice, Purpose

1-2 units  Field intensive course 3/22-3/27.    Enroll at Outdoor Center

Engage travel and pilgrimage as intentional contemplative practice for exploring one's life purpose. Experientially investigate, both individually and collectively, outer journeying as a support for inner reflection on meaning making and values creation. While immersed in environments ranging from nature settings to retreat communities learn about, contemplate, and practice a range of methods, informed by multiple spiritual and philosophical traditions, meant to enhance insight and human flourishing. All backgrounds and identities welcome.

Course Fee $275

OUTDOOR 10: Rock Climbing I: Beginning

1 unit   T/Th. Section one 1:30-2:50. Section two 3:00-4:20.     Enroll on Axess

This course is an introductory course. Students will learn skills necessary to get started exploring the world of indoor climbing. These skills include technical safety skills for bouldering and top-roped climbing, essential physical and mental skills, and strategies for training.

Course Fee $125

OUTDOOR 11: Rock Climbing II: Intermediate

1 unit T/Th 1:30-2:50.     Enroll on Axess

In this course students will have the opportunity to build upon basic principles associated with rock climbing. Student will further explore variations in climbing efficiency techniques, crack climbing techniques, and training methodologies to enhance their climbing experience and help prevent injuries.  Enroll on Axess

Course Fee $125

OUTDOOR 103: Foundations of Outdoor Education. 2 units

T-Th. 4:30-5:50pm Chose 1 field weekend 2/15-2/17 or 2/28-3/1.     Enroll at Outdoor Center

Explore topics about adventure activity risk assessment, leadership style and values, industry standards, and wilderness equity and inclusion through class activities, discussions, and reflections. Develop essential skills for individual and group sustainability in a backcountry setting including shelter in outdoor environments, equipment selection and use, travel techniques, water and nutrition needs, planning and preparation, and risk management.

Course Fee $50


OUTDOOR 106: Outdoor Leadership Practicum

1-2 units  Field Intensive in Joshua tree National Park 3/20-3/26.    Enroll at Outdoor Center

Outdoor education and leadership theory integration through intensive field-based experiences. During these field-based experiences, students will engage with critical self-assessment process to better understand their own levels of competence leading others. Must have already completed Outdoor 101 and Outdoor 105  or currently be enrolled  in Outdoor 103

Course Fee $75


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  • Outdoor 103: Foundations of Outdoor Education
  • Outdoor 106: Outdoor Leadership Practicum
  • EMED 124 or 126 Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder
  • EMED 110 CPR

For more information please contact Emily at emccune@stanford.edu