In March of every year, students are encouraged to apply for the position of Wilderness Orientation (WO, pronounced:Whoa) leader. While many applicants are Interdisciplinary Studies majors with either a concentration or minor in Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL), openings are not limited to this degree. Wilderness Orientation is a hands-on opportunity for students to showcase their competency as outdoor leaders while fostering relationships with incoming students.
WO leaders offer a great experience to new students every fall before school officially begins. While the new students undergo an exciting adventure, student leaders grow and learn as well. Not only do the leaders mature into their own style, but they also have the opportunity to create intentional communities within Sierra Nevada College.
I’ve always been passionate about nature: how it works and how to be a part of it. Brought up by outdoor enthusiasts, I innately knew nature’s rhythms from the beginning. My parents, who owned a popular rafting company in Mount Shasta, Calif. bestowed me with an everlasting appreciation for the one thing that always brings me joy and has taught me how to live simply – the wilderness.
Sierra Nevada College student Aaron Vanderpool and Andy Rost, associate professor at SNC, began using software such as Google Earth to learn how to model watersheds.The team got a grant for $9,000 from NASA to carry out the project. The faculty was given $5,000 in grant money, and the student was given $4,000.
Have you ever caught yourself glaring with envy at paddle boarders who seem to glide effortlessly across the lake? Thanks to a joint collaboration between Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL) Instructor Daryl Teittinen and Dean of Students Will Hoida, students can now rent paddle boards, financed by the student activities fund, to use for fun in their spare time from the gear room free of charge.
Sierra Nevada College Alumni Brad Flora and Senior Lloyd Garden have begun an entrepreneurial adventure centering on their love of the ski industry and their Ski Business and Resort Management Majors.
You wouldn’t think getting outside for 30 minutes a day would be so difficult, especially living with wilderness just a step outside the front door, but the challenge is real for college student’s with busy schedules. For every hour I sit in the library, instead of satisfying my instinctual drive to be outside, my nerves madden and my young butt aches in discomfort, literally. Time to make the time, get off the struggle bus, and get outside.
All too often incoming students preparing for their Wilderness Orientation trip or for their first Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL) trip assume backcountry cooking means yucky and simple food. Through years of experience, ODAL Program Director Rosie Hackett explains that you do not have to sacrifice quality or style in backcountry cooking.