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Outdoor Leadership

Undergraduate Minor

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Courses you’ll
get to take:

Outdoor Leadership minor:
18 credits
Foundations of environmental science, introduction to outdoor leadership, field ecology, advanced leadership, ethics, an applied field experience, and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification*.

WFR certification can be earned through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) or the Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC)

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Student Spotlight

Student spotlight: portrait of Michaela Castillon.

“The Haub School and UW have provided me with an abundance of real-world experiences and opportunities that will be invaluable for my future.”

Degree BS Environmental Systems Science ’20

Concurrent Major Environment and Natural Resources

Minor Outdoor Leadership

Hometown Cheyenne, WY

Co-Curriculars UW Outdoor Program Trip Leader, UW Half Acre Climbing Wall staff, Outdoor Leadership Development Series (OLDS) participant, Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary Outdoor Guide, Wilderness First Responder certification

Add this minor to any undergraduate degree program at UW to develop skills and experiences that will position you as someone your peers and colleagues look to for guidance, especially in challenging situations. You’ll work with other students in the field and the classroom to problem solve, discuss ethics, develop outdoor skills, and practice decision making. The minor is offered in partnership with the University of Wyoming's amazing Outdoor Program, which provides dozens of trips, clinics, talks, trainings, and certifications each year, as well as equipment rentals and an indoor climbing wall.

The Outdoor Leadership minor from the Haub School emphasizes development of essential skills:

  • Leadership strategies
  • Environmental science and field ecology
  • Ethics
  • Outdoor skills 

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Our economy and our world are changing rapidly. Many of the jobs, career paths, and professional opportunities you could take after you graduate might not even exist yet! The Haub School will prepare you to be a nimble, creative, and critical thinker, building the skills, knowledge, and tools you can apply to wherever you want to forge a path in the future.

Outdoor Leadership

Career opportunities exist in private companies like outfitting and guiding, outdoor adventure, and nature-tourism based organizations, non-profits that specialize in environmental education, wilderness therapy, and outdoor-based experiences, and government agencies that manage recreation and open space planning.

 You could:

  • guide outdoor adventure experiences
  • develop or participate in outdoor business enterprises
  • lead outdoor and adventure programs
  • manage tourism-based services at guest ranches, outfitter and guide operations, and ski resorts

Jobs: Snowboard Guide, Field Supervisor, Environmental Educator, Climbing Guide, Conservation Corps Crew Member/Leader, Ranch Hand, Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park Ranger, Ski Patroller, Rock Climbing Guide, Trails Coordinator, Interpretive Park Ranger, Recreation Manager

Employers: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, NOLS, Outward Bound, Exum Guides, Teton Science Schools, Wyoming State Parks, Boy Scouts of America, Wyoming Conservation Corps, Tiger Tree Inc., Whale Camp, Timberwolf Tours, USDA Forest Service

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804 E Fremont St

Laramie, WY 82072

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