Wilderness Education & Outdoor Leadership

WLD 140C Crew
Lake Tahoe Community College’s Wilderness Education and Outdoor Leadership Program challenges the status quo by thinking and educating differently. We do this so you can develop your leadership, technical, and teaching skills to become an impactful leader. Your classroom is Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada, a premier wilderness environment. Come and join us - the mountains are calling! 
 
The purpose of the Wilderness Education and Outdoor Leadership (WEOL) program is to provide opportunities to cultivate premier leaders who primarily operate in a wilderness environment. In addition, the WEOL program fosters lifelong learning, develops responsible stewardship of wilderness resources, and encourages civic engagement. Both nationally and internationally recognized industry certifications are embedded within the elective WEOL Employable Certificates you can earn. These include the National Association for Search and Rescue, the American Avalanche Association and American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, the American Mountain Guides Association, the International Rafting Federation, and the American Canoe Association, just to name a few.
 
The WEOL program uses a holistic and experiential approach to all aspects of education within the curriculum. Our emphasis is on helping every student achieve their full potential while maintaining the highest technical standards.

 
 
What you gain:
·      Leadership & Management Skills
·      Judgment and Decision-Making Experience
·      Risk Management Skills
·      Technical Skills
·      Teaching & Guiding Skills
·      Environmental Stewardship & Civic Engagement Principles
·      Program Planning & Implementation Skills
·      Organizational Leader Skills
 
What you can do with this degree:
·      Wilderness Trip Leader
·      Professional Guide
·      Search and Rescue (SAR) Professional
·      Ski Patroller
·      Ranger / Wilderness Interpreter
·      Wilderness Educator / Coach
·      Forest Service / Natural Resources Manager
·      Wilderness Naturalist
·      Transfer to four-year university and continue your education
 
Challenge yourself to achieve your full leadership potential while serving others.
 
  • Degree Requirements
 A. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
See pages 62-64 in the catalog for details. See your academic advisor or the Director/Coordinator of Wilderness Education and Outdoor Leadership for recommended general education courses.
       
B. REQUIRED COURSES
The following core courses are required of all Wilderness Education and Outdoor Leadership degree students:
All courses from the following (36.5 units):
BSN 100           Introduction to Business (4)
WLD 100          Foundations of Recreation Land Management (1.5)
WLD 103          Fundamentals of Wilderness Education and Outdoor Leadership (4.5)
WLD 105A        Summer Field Experience (4.5)
WLD 105B        Winter Field Experience (3)
WLD 105C        Wilderness Navigation (1.5)
WLD 107B        Wilderness First Responder (4.5)
WLD 110B        Leave No Trace Trainer (1.5)
WLD 116          Mountain Weather (2)
WLD 133          Occupational Work Experience (min. 2 units) (1-6)
WLD 200          Techniques of Instructing, Facilitating, Guiding and Coaching (1.5)
WLD 201          Expedition Planning (1.5)
WLD 240          WEOL Capstone (4.5)
 
C. ELECTIVE UNITS to bring the total to 90
It is highly recommended that students use their elective units to complete a Wilderness Education and Outdoor Leadership Employable Skills Certificate.
 
 
  • Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop, evaluate and apply appropriate leadership and communication styles, experiential learning, leading, guiding and coaching, and mental performance methods.
  • Differentiate between various land management organizations, protocols for use, and implement appropriate sustainability principles.
  • Identify and engage with the various historical and contemporary organizations that have influenced wilderness education and the outdoor adventure industry.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of skills to include efficient movement skills, effective application of technical equipment, and safe implementation of systems.
  • Apply critical thinking, good judgment, and sound decision-making when managing risk and assessing legal implications of wilderness activities.
  • Understand and apply operational management and entrepreneurial methods as they apply to the wilderness education and outdoor adventure industry.
The purpose of the Wilderness Education and Outdoor Leadership (WEOL) Certificate is to provide opportunities to cultivate premier leaders who primarily operate in a wilderness environment. In addition, the WEOL program fosters lifelong learning, develops responsible stewardship of wilderness resources, and encourages civic engagement. Both nationally and internationally recognized industry certifications are embedded within the elective WEOL Employable Certificates you can earn. These include the National Association for Search and Rescue, the American Avalanche Association and American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, the American Mountain Guides Association, the International Rafting Federation, and the American Canoe Association, just to name a few.
 
The program accomplishes this by taking a holistic and experiential approach to all aspects of education within the curriculum. Our emphasis is on helping every student achieve their full potential while maintaining the highest technical standards.
 
What you gain:
·      Leadership & Management Skills
·      Judgment and Decision-Making Experience
·      Risk Management Skills
·      Technical Skills
·      Teaching & Guiding Skills
·      Environmental Stewardship & Civic Engagement Principles
·      Program Planning & Implementation Skills
·      Organizational Leader
 
What you can do with this certificate:
·      Wilderness Trip Leader
·      Professional Guide
·      Search and Rescue (SAR) Professional
·      Ski Patroller
·      Ranger / Wilderness Interpreter
·      Wilderness Educator / Coach
·      Forest Service / Natural Resources Manager
·      Wilderness Naturalist
 
Challenge yourself to achieve your full leadership potential while serving others.
 
 
Certificate Requirements
A. REQUIRED COURSES 
All courses from the following (36.5 units):
BSN 100           Introduction to Business (4)
WLD 100          Foundations of Recreation Land Management (1.5)
WLD 103          Fundamentals of Wilderness Education and Outdoor Leadership (4.5)
WLD 105A        Summer Field Experience (4.5)
WLD 105B        Winter Field Experience (3)
WLD 105C        Wilderness Navigation (1.5)
WLD 107B        Wilderness First Responder (4.5)
WLD 110B        Leave No Trace Trainer (1.5)
WLD 116          Mountain Weather (2)
WLD 133          Occupational Work Experience (min. 2 units) (1-6)
WLD 200          Techniques of Instructing, Facilitating, Guiding and Coaching (1.5)
WLD 201          Expedition Planning (1.5)
WLD 240          WEOL Capstone (4.5)
 
 
Program Learning Outcomes
  • Develop, evaluate and apply appropriate leadership and communication styles, experiential learning, leading, guiding and coaching, and mental performance.
  • Differentiate between various land management organizations, protocols for use, and implement appropriate sustainability principles.
  • Identify and engage with the various historical and contemporary organizations that have influenced wilderness education and the outdoor adventure industry.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of skills to include efficient movement skills, effective application of technical equipment, and safe implementation of systems.
  • Apply critical thinking, good judgment, and sound decision-making when managing risk and assessing legal implications of wilderness activities.
  • Understand and apply operational management and entrepreneurial methods as they apply to the wilderness education and outdoor adventure industry.

These Employable Skills Certificates offer students the opportunity to gain fundamental skills in a career field by completing a series of courses. Upon successful completion of one of these programs, the student will receive a department-issued certificate. These programs differ from the college's official certificates of achievement in that they are short-term, cover a narrow area of study, and are not recorded on the student's transcript. However, they directly enhance a Certificate of Achievement or AA degree in Wilderness Education and Outdoor Leadership. Employable Skills Certificates within the WEOL Program include nationally and internationally recognized industry certifications, such as those from the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR), the American Avalanche Association (A3) and American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), the American Climbing Guides Association (AMGA), the International Rafting Federation (IFR), and the American Canoe Association (ACA).

Many people are introduced to the sport of rock climbing in a climbing gym or at a single pitch climbing area. As a result, most climbing gyms, commercial guide services, and educational organizations require climbing instructors to have and maintain the appropriate level of experience and certification. This Employable Skills Certificate provides the opportunity to receive the following industry recognized certificates: Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Trainer, American Mountain Guides Association’s (AMGA) Climbing Wall Instructor and Single Pitch Instructor, and will prepare the student for the AMGA Rock Guides course.
 
Certificate Requirements: Climbing Instructor (16.5 units)

WLD 107B        Wilderness First Responder (4.5)
WLD 110B        Leave No Trace Trainer (1.5)
WLD 120A        Rock Climbing: Beginning (1.5)
WLD 120C        Rock Climbing: Advanced (3)
WLD 123A        Climbing Wall Instructor (1.5)
WLD 123B        Single Pitch Instructor Course (3)
WLD 123C        Single Pitch Instructor Assessment (1.5)
WLD 141A        Swiftwater Rescue (1.75)

Many people are introduced to mountain climbing as an extension of their rock climbing experience. Most commercial guide services and educational organizations require mountaineering guides to have and maintain the appropriate level of experience and certification. This Employable Skills Certificate provides the opportunity to receive the following industry recognized certificates and courses: Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Leave No Trace Trainer, and American Avalanche Association (A3) recognized Recreation Level 1 and Rescue courses through the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). Additionally, courses within this Employable Skills Certificate also prepare the student for the AMGA Alpine Skills Course and Alpine Guides Course.

Certificate Requirements: Basic Mountain Guide (16.5 units)

WLD 107B        Wilderness First Responder (4.5)
WLD 110B        Leave No Trace Trainer (1.5)
WLD 117A        Beginning Mountaineering (3)
WLD 117B        Intermediate Mountaineering (3)
WLD 120A        Rock Climbing: Beginning (1.5)
WLD 128A        Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain (3)

Backcountry skiing and splitboarding has grown significantly in popularity in recent years. Most commercial guide services and educational organizations require backcountry ski/splitboard guides to have and maintain the appropriate level of experience and certification. This Employable Skills Certificate provides the opportunity to receive the following industry recognized certificates and courses: Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Leave No Trace Trainer, and American Avalanche Association (A3) recognized Recreation Level 1, Rescue, and Level 2 courses through the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). Additionally, courses within this Employable Skills Certificate will prepare the student for the AMGA Ski/Splitboard Guides Course and an A3-recognized Professional 1 course.

Certificate Requirements: Basic Ski Guide (15 units)

WLD 107B        Wilderness First Responder (4.5)
WLD 110B        Leave No Trace Trainer (1.5)
WLD 125A        Backcountry Skiing/Splitboarding: Beginning (1.5)
WLD 125B        Backcountry Skiing/Splitboarding: Intermediate (1.5)
WLD 126C        Multi-Day Backcountry Skiing/Splitboarding Touring (3)
WLD 128A        Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain (3)

Resort skiing (on piste) is a large industry employer in the Tahoe region. This Employable Skills Certificate is designed to advance your love of skiing into a full-fledged career with Level 1 Professional Ski Instructor Association/Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA/AASI) certification. In addition, it provides the opportunity to receive the following industry recognized certificates and courses: Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Leave No Trace Trainer, and American Avalanche Association (A3) recognized Avalanche Rescue course through the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). Students must complete all courses in the Ski or Snowboard Core and all courses within at least one track (alpine, snowboard, telemark, or cross country).

Certificate Requirements: Ski or Snowboard Instructor (13-14 units)

Ski or Snowboard Instructor Core (5 units)
WLD 107A        Wilderness First Aid (1.5)
WLD 110B        Leave No Trace Trainer (1.5)
WLD 128E        AIARE Avalanche Rescue (.5)
WLD 200          Techniques of Instructing, Facilitating, Guiding and Coaching (1.5)

 

Alpine 
WLD 129A        Alpine Skiing: Beginning (1.5)
WLD 129B        Alpine Skiing: Intermediate (1.5)
WLD 129C        Alpine Skiing: Advanced (3)
WLD 129D        Alpine PSIA Level 1 Exam Prep (1.5)
WLD 129E        Alpine PSIA Level 1 Exam (1.5)
 
Snowboard
WLD 130A        Snowboarding: Beginning (1.5)
WLD 130B        Snowboarding: Intermediate (1.5)
WLD 130C        Snowboarding: Advanced (3)
WLD 130D        Snowboard AASI Level 1 Exam Prep (1.5)
WLD 130E        Snowboard AASI Level 1 Exam (1.5)

 

Telemark
WLD 124A        Telemark: Beginning (1.5)
WLD 124AA      Telemark: Intermediate (1.5)
WLD 124D        Telemark: Advanced (3)
WLD 124E        Telemark PSIA Level I Exam Prep (1.5)
WLD 124F        Telemark PSIA Level 1 Exam (1.5)

 

Cross Country
WLD 122C        Cross Country: Beginning (1.5)
WLD 122D        Cross Country: Intermediate (1.5)
WLD 122F        Cross Country: Advanced (2)
WLD 122G        Cross Country PSIA Level I Exam Prep (1.5)
WLD 122H        Cross Country PSIA Level 1 Exam (1.5)

Whitewater river rafting can be an exciting and challenging wilderness adventure. With over 50 whitewater rafting outfitters based in California, Oregon, and the mountain west, you can jump-start your career as a rafting guide with this Employable Skills Certificate. It provides the opportunity to receive International Rafting Federation (IRF) guiding certifications, which will allow you to operate internationally within IRF member countries. Additionally, you have the opportunity to receive your Swift Water Rescue certification through Rescue 3 International or the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, Leave No Trace Trainer, and California Food Handlers credentials.

Whitewater Rafting Guide (17.5 units)
CUL 103           Food Sanitation and Safety (2)
WLD 107B        Wilderness First Responder (4.5)
WLD 110B        Leave No Trace Trainer (1.5)
WLD 140A        Whitewater Rafting: Beginning (1.5)
WLD 140B        Whitewater Rafting: Intermediate (1.5)
WLD 140C        Whitewater Guide School (3)
WLD 140D        Whitewater Guide Assessment (1.5)
WLD 141A        Swiftwater Rescue, Cert (2)
 

The Sea Kayaking Guide is an entry level Employable Skills Certificate that will enable you to enter the sea kayaking profession. Most commercial guide services and educational organizations require their sea kayak guides to have and maintain the appropriate level of experience and certification. This Employable Skills Certificate provides the opportunity to receive the following industry recognized certificates and courses: American Canoe Association (ACA) Touring Leader/Guide, NFPA Flatwater Rescue, Wilderness First Responder (WFR), and Leave No Trace Trainer.

Sea Kayaking Guide (15.5 units)
WLD 107B        Wilderness First Responder (4.5)
WLD 110B        Leave No Trace Trainer (1.5)
WLD 141B        Flatwater Rescue (2)
WLD 146A        Sea Kayaking: Beginning (1.5)
WLD 146B        Sea Kayaking: Lake Tahoe’s Water Trail (1.5)
WLD 146C        Multi-Day Trip Leader Sea Kayaking (3)
WLD 146D        Sea Kayaking Touring Trip Leader/Guide Assessment (1.5)

The Search and Rescue Employable Skills Certificate provides students with necessary skills and knowledge to actively participate in Search and Rescue efforts. The certificate mixes hands-on practice with theory and data-supported instruction. Upon successful completion, you will earn a National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) Search and Rescue Tech 2 certificate. In addition, you have the opportunity to receive the following certificates: Wilderness First Responder (WFR), NASAR SAR Tech 3, NASAR Managing Lost Person Incidents, Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic Tracker, A3/AIARE Rescue, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Rope Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue, Flatwater Rescue, and Ice Rescue.

SEARCH AND RESCUE (16 to 17.5 units):
WLD 102          Introduction to Search and Rescue (2)
WLD 105C        Wilderness Navigation (1.5)
WLD 107B        Wilderness First Responder (4.5)
WLD 112E        Search Theory (1.5)
WLD 112D        Tracking (1.5)
WLD 113A        Search and Rescue Assessment (1.5)
WLD 119A        Technical Rope Rescue (3)
and
Take one (1) of the following:
WLD 128E        AIARE Avalanche Rescue (0.5)
WLD 141A        Swiftwater Rescue (2)
WLD 141B        Flatwater Rescue (2)
WLD 141C        Ice Rescue (2)

This interdisciplinary Employable Skills Certificate combines the natural sciences with Wilderness Education and Outdoor Leadership. In addition to gaining certification as a California Naturalist (offered through UC Davis' Cooperative Extension), you will receive industry recognized certificates in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Leave No Trace Trainer. After receiving this Employable Skills Certificate, you will have the education and necessary skills to begin or advance your career with local, state, and national government land management organizations or with non-government land advocacy organizations.

Wilderness Naturalist (15.5 units)
EVS 110           California Naturalist Certificate (4.5)
WLD 100          Foundations of Recreation Land Management (1.5)
WLD 105C        Wilderness Navigation (1.5)
WLD 107A        Wilderness First Aid, Industry Cert WFA (1.5)
WLD 110B        Leave No Trace Trainer (1.5)
and 
Choose 1 (with lab)      
GEL 102            Physical Geology (5)
BIO 149             Ecology (5)
BIO 201             Botany (5)
BIO 212             Zoology (5)

Wilderness Medicine training provides students with the high level of 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). The EMT certification is commonly required for Ski Patrollers while the WFR is a commonly required certificate for wilderness and 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)
 
 

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Faculty
  • Clinton Culp
    Dr. Clinton Culp
    WEOL Program Director