|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||Jan. 13, 2012|
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
ER-T2-7: Outdoors Program
|0.25 / 0.25||
Health & Human Performance
Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that organizes hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students and follows Leave No Trace principles?:
A brief description of the program:
The University is an Educational Partner with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. UWRF Outdoor Education students enrolled in PED301 - Foudations of Outdoor Leadership will become Certified Leave No Trace Trainers.
The University has outlets to connect students with nature, thereby heightening their appreciation for the natural world, including the services and spiritual connections it can provide. Kinni Outdoor Adventures provides rental items such as camping gear, cross country skis, rock climbing gear, snow shoes, golf clubs, and fishing poles and leads trips and excursions that range from afternoon and day-long kayaking, hiking, and skiing outings to a 10 day backpacking excursion to Isle Royale National Park. The Outdoor Education Minor provides a series of outdoor experiences to develop personal skills to prepare students to teach outdoor activities. Leave No Trace principles are emphasized in this training.
A new student organization called the UWRF Outdoor Adventure Collective was formed in Fall 2011 focusing on student-led wilderness trips that use LNT principles and have a focus on sustainable use of the outdoors. The faculty advisor is advised by Paul Shirilla. Student leaders are Outdoor Education minors and Kinni Outdoor Adventures employees.
The website URL where information about the program is available: