Daryl Teittinen wakes up in the morning on a gorgeous day and either throws on a pair of Garmont Radium ski boots, Chaco sandals, or La Sportiva TC Pro climbing shoes. Such choices are for a typical day out in the wilderness for Teittinen, adjunt professor of Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL). Teittinen started working at Sierra Nevada College in January 2012, helping out with the Outdoor Skills 101 class, and now works as the main instructor for the class.
EnvironmentalFrom camping and hiking, to learning about organic farming and observing elephant seals and the environment’s ecosystems, Assistant Professor Andy Rost and his Fundamentals of Environmental Interpretation class learned it all on March 7-9 at California’s Central Coast.
Snow flurries approached the Tahoe Basin, and the Fundamentals of Environmental Interpretations class, taught by Andy Rost, Adjunct Professor of Science and Technology, couldn’t wait to get out into the field.
Before spring semester began, students who enrolled in a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course spent 10 long days learning to recognize, prevent and treat wilderness medicine emergencies.
Eleven Outdoor Adventure Leadership students spent three days and two nights at the Ludlow Hut, living a simple but busy life in the backcountry over the weekend of Feb. 8-10. The students traveled to the Ludlow Hut to gain winter backcountry knowledge and leadership experience.
Spring weather provided a nice break from winter in the mountains April 6-7 when two classes at Sierra Nevada College came together for a weekend of camping, rafting and learning. Students from Environmental Interpretations (ODAL 301) and Interdisciplinary Studies (INTD 250) met in Coloma, Calif. where they learned about the area’s gold mining history, environment and current recreational economy.
I want to tell you about an extraordinary leadership course that Rosie Hackett, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Adventure Leadership, designed. Before I describe the course, stop and ponder how you would design a course to teach leadership. In fact, many people believe that leaders are born, not developed. I, along with highly acclaimed author Jim Collins, strongly disagree with that proposition. But one thing does seem clear: one learns to lead by leading. Reading, thinking, and studying about leadership are important, but leadership development must also incorporate hands-on experience guided by a mentor.
Pushing yourself to your physical limits, coming face-to-face with your personal weaknesses, and finding out what you are truly made of are just a few of the highlights students mentioned during the Extended Field Course presentation that took place at noon March 7 in Prim Library 302.
The classroom was transformed into a pseudo-campsite for the hour-long presentation, where 11 students shared their experiences last summer from the first Extended Field Course in the Canyonlands National Park of Utah. In one corner of the room were a tent and a backpack full of the typical gear one might bring on the trip. On the other side of the room a tarp, strewn across the floor, displayed the types of foods students ate during the trip, personal journals from the trip and some of the required reading materials including “Desert Solitaire” by Edward Abbey. The audience lounged on the floor in the middle of the campsite.