Wilderness Education

"One day's exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books."     -John Muir


 

Wilderness Education ClimbersThe Wilderness Education program at Lake Tahoe Community College offers academic field courses across the Sierra Nevada. Our courses challenge students to learn not only from books but also from the natural landscape. Because learning and living are integrated in the field, our courses provide opportunity for both intellectual and personal growth. We seek students with a curiosity about the natural world, a willingness to work hard, and the ability to travel and study cooperatively in an outdoor setting.

The Wilderness Education degree or certificate is designed to prepare students to become theoretically and technically competent wilderness specialists who can apply their skills as outdoor leaders to diverse groups and environments in a world with a growing population and finite wilderness resources. The curriculum provides a balanced foundation of all aspects of wilderness education/outdoor recreation. Students will gain basic competencies in outdoor-based activities, wilderness first aid skills, experiential educational theory, group dynamics, leadership theory and skills, and environmental awareness. There is emphasis on the integration of academic work and technical field skills. The completion of the major is appropriate for students who are outdoor-oriented and who seek individual enrichment and growth.

Choose a degree or certificate in Wilderness Education in the following concentrations: Climbing, Snow Skills, Water Skills, Search and Rescue.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Identify the many influences that have shaped wilderness education.
  • Identify the management protocols for land use on the local, state, and national level.
  • Employ a variety of experiential leadership styles to specific settings.
  • Assess good judgment and safety in wilderness settings. 
  • Apply a working vocabulary and a skills-based knowledge in field-specific topics.
  • Acquire technical and leadership skills that will assist the student in obtaining employment in a wilderness-related career.
Degree

A. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
See current catalog for details.

B. REQUIRED COURSES

The following core courses are required of all Wilderness Education
degree students.

All courses from the following (26 units):
WLD 100 Foundations of Recreation Land Management (3)
WLD 101 Origins and Directions of Wilderness Education (2)
WLD 104 Fundamentals of Outdoor Leadership (2.75)
WLD 107B Wilderness First Responder (4.5)
WLD 112C Map, Compass, and GPS (1.75)
WLD 116 Mountain Weather (2)
WLD 117A Beginning Mountaineering (1.75)
WLD 120A Rock Climbing: Beginning (2.25)
WLD 128B AIARE 1 Avalanche (1.5)
WLD 133 Occupational Work Experience (min. 2 units) (1-6)
WLD 140A Whitewater Rafting: Beginning (1.5)
WLD 146A Sea Kayaking: Beginning (1)

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION: (Choose one option)
In addition to the required core courses listed above, students seeking an Wilderness Education degree must select a single area of concentration from the four listed. Students must complete all required courses within the single area of concentration selected.


1. WILDERNESS EDUCATION: CLIMBING

A minimum of 6 units selected from the following:
WLD 117B Intermediate Mountaineering (2.75)
WLD 119 Technical Rope Rescue (2.25)
WLD 120B Rock Climbing: Intermediate (2.25)
WLD 120C Rock Climbing: Advanced (2.25)
WLD 120D Rock Climbing Movement (2.25)

TOTAL UNITS IN MAJOR (INCLUDING CORE): 32


2. WILDERNESS EDUCATION: SNOW SKILLS

A minimum of 6 units selected from the following:
WLD 125A Backcountry Skiing (1.25)
WLD 125B Backcountry Skiing: Intermediate (1.25)
WLD 125C Backcountry Skiing: Advanced (1.25)
WLD 126A Backcountry Snowboarding (1.25)
WLD 126B Splitboarding: Beginning (1.25)
WLD 126C Multi-day Ski/Splitboard Touring (1.25)
WLD 127A Winter Survival (2.25)
WLD 128C AIARE 2 Avalanche (2.5)

TOTAL UNITS IN MAJOR (INCLUDING CORE): 32


3. WILDERNESS EDUCATION: WATER SKILLS

A minimum of 6 units selected from the following:
WLD 140C Whitewater Guide School (3)
WLD 141A Swiftwater Rescue (1.75)
WLD 146B Sea Kayaking: Camping (1)
WLD 146C Multi-Day Sea Kayaking (2.75)
WLD 146E Kayaking Lake Tahoe's Water Trail (.75)
WLD 147A Kayaking Lake Tahoe's Water Trail: South Shore (.75)
WLD 147B Kayaking Lake Tahoe's Water Trail: East Shore (.75)
WLD 147C Kayaking Lake Tahoe's Water Trail: West Shore (.75)

TOTAL UNITS IN MAJOR (INCLUDING CORE): 32


4. WILDERNESS EDUCATION: SEARCH AND RESCUE

A minimum of 6 units selected from the following:
WLD 102 Introduction to Search and Rescue (2)
WLD 112D Tracking (1.5)
WLD 112E Search Theory (1)
WLD 119 Technical Rope Rescue (1.5)
WLD 128E Avalanche Rescue (.5)
WLD 141A Swiftwater Rescue (1.75)

TOTAL UNITS IN MAJOR (INCLUDING CORE): 32

C. ELECTIVE UNITS to bring the total to 90

 

Certificates

A. REQUIRED COURSES

All courses from the following (26 units):
WLD 100 Foundations of Recreation Land Management (3)
WLD 101 Origins and Directions of Wilderness Education (2)
WLD 104 Fundamentals of Outdoor Leadership (2.75)
WLD 107B Wilderness First Responder (4.5)
WLD 112C Map, Compass, and GPS (2.25)
WLD 116 Mountain Weather (2)
WLD 117A Beginning Mountaineering (1.75)
WLD 120A Rock Climbing: Beginning (2.25)
WLD 128B AIARE 1 Avalanche (1.5)
WLD 133 Occupational Work Experience (min. 2 units) (1-6)
WLD 140A Whitewater Rafting: Beginning (1.5)
WLD 146A Sea Kayaking: Beginning (1)

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION (Choose one option)
In addition to the required core courses listed above, students seeking a Wilderness Education Certificate must select an area of concentration. Multiple areas of concentrations may be achieved by completing an additional six units in any of the following areas listed. Required core courses cannot be duplicated.

1. WILDERNESS EDUCATION: CLIMBING

A minimum of 6 units selected from the following:
WLD 117B Intermediate Mountaineering (2.75)
WLD 119 Technical Rope Rescue (1.5)
WLD 120B Rock Climbing: Intermediate (2.25)
WLD 120C Rock Climbing: Advanced (2.25)
WLD 120D Rock Climbing Movement (2.25)

TOTAL UNITS (including required courses): 32 units


2. WILDERNESS EDUCATION: snow skills

A minimum of 6 units selected from the following:
WLD 125A Backcountry Skiing (1.25)
WLD 125B Backcountry Skiing: Intermediate (1.25)
WLD 125C Backcountry Skiing: Advanced (1.25)
WLD 126A Backcountry Snowboarding (1.25)
WLD 126B Splitboarding: Beginning (1.25)
WLD 126C Multi-day Ski/Splitboard Touring (2.75)
WLD 127A Winter Survival (2.25)
WLD 128C AIARE 2 Avalanche (2.5)

TOTAL UNITS (including required courses): 32 units


3. WILDERNESS EDUCATION: water skills

A minimum of 6 units selected from the following:
WLD 140C Whitewater Guide School (3)
WLD 141A Swiftwater Rescue (1.75)
WLD 146B Sea Kayaking: Camping (1)
WLD 146C Multi-day Sea Kayaking (2.75)
WLD 146E Kayaking Lake Tahoe's Water Trail (.75)
WLD 147A Kayaking Lake Tahoe's Water Trail: South Shore (.75)
WLD 147B Kayaking Lake Tahoe's Water Trail: East Shore (.75)
WLD 147C Kayaking Lake Tahoe's Water Trail: West Shore (.75)

TOTAL UNITS (including required courses): 32 units


4. WILDERNESS EDUCATION: search and rescue

A minimum of 6 units selected from the following:
WLD 102 Introduction to Search and Rescue (2)
WLD 112D Tracking (1.5)
WLD 112E Search Theory (1)
WLD 119 Technical Rope Rescue (1.5)
WLD 128E Avalanche Rescue (.5)
WLD 141A Swiftwater Rescue (1.75)

TOTAL UNITS (including required courses): 32 units

The Search and Rescue employable skills certificate provides students with necessary skills and knowledge for participating in Search and Rescue efforts. The certificate mixes hands-on practice with theory and data supported instruction. 

SEARCH AND RESCUE (10 units):
WLD 102 Introduction to Search and Rescue (2)
WLD 112C Map, Compass, and GPS (1.75)
WLD 112D Tracking (1.5)
WLD 112E Search Theory (1)
WLD 119 Technical Rope Rescue (1.5)
WLD 128E Avalanche Rescue (.5)
WLD 141A Swiftwater Rescue (1.75)

 

Wilderness Medicine training provides students with high level instruction necessary to render medical care for outdoor and wilderness medical emergencies. The Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) bridges wilderness and urban settings. The WEMT certificate is awarded to students successfully completing both HEA 140C Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and WLD 107B Wilderness First Responder (WFR). In order to maintain the WEMT students must keep their EMT and WFR certificates current. The WFR is a commonly required certificate for outdoor recreation professionals.
Emphasis is placed on emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments and improvised equipment. 

WILDERNESS EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (15.25 units):
HEA 140C Emergency Medical Technician (10.75)
WLD 107B Wilderness First Responder (4.5)

WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER (4.5 units):
WLD 107B Wilderness First Responder (4.5)

View Pathway to Completion - Search and Rescue

View Pathway to Completion - Wilderness Medicine

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Related Occupations

• Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

 

Financing


Cost of On Campus Living

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Costs Tuition and Fees

$1,560

Books and Supplies

$4,635

Financing Options

• Federal Student Loans = N/A

• Private Loans = N/A

• Institutional Loans = N/A

 

Credential Code: 1, TOP Code: 083600, CIP Code: 31.0101, Standard Occupational Classification(SOC): 25-1193.00


Equipment List

AIARE Avalanche Equipment List

Multi-day Field Course Clothing and Equipment List

Whitewater Rafting - Guide School Equipment List

Backcountry Equipment List 


Top 10 Reasons to Join Wilderness Education Program

1. You'll have FUN! (We promise)

2. You'll earn college credit and certificates of completion... impress friends, family and most importantly employers.

3. Dedicated faculty committed to excellence in teaching

4. Small classes (12:1)

5. Field based learning: from sunset sea kayaking to ski mountaineering to whitewater river descents, classes at LTCC often meet beyond the classroom.

6. It's affordable! Theses classes represent the most affordable, high quality training you will ever find!

7. Community: You just never know whom you may meet in one of our courses. Imagine the stories...

8. Experiential education: Our educational philosophy emphasizes self-direction and learning by doing. We believe that education is a journey, not a destination.

9. Environmental ethic: Our curriculum fosters critical thinking and encourages an ethic of personal responsibility and environmental stewardship.

10. Ideal location: The Sierra Nevada is our classroom (Need we say more?)

"Promoting the Recreational Community to Recreate Communally"