Outdoor Leadership


  • Learn a variety of technical outdoor skills
  • Earn multiple industry credentials
  • Develop leadership capabilities

The 2-year Outdoor Leadership program will provide the basic training and skills necessary to students that are interested in pursuing post-secondary education and/or employment in the many professions that relate to the outdoors.  Additionally, graduates will gain the skills and confidence they need to pursue leadership positions in any industry.  Students will be challenged physically, mentally, and academically while developing their potential for leadership, teamwork, and service using the outdoor world as their classroom.  Students are required to be physically fit and able to participate fully.  A sports physical is highly recommended.  Fit tests include the wildland firefighter medium duty test: a timed 30 minute 2 mile hike with a 25lb pack and various components from the Maine Game Warden fitness qualifications.

Examples of Career PossibilitiesAdventure Educator, Recreational or Wilderness Guide, Field Scientist, Park Ranger, Forester, Marine Patrol, Game Warden, Bush Pilot, Mariner, Military, Search & Rescue, Flight Medic, Trail Manager, Wilderness Guide, AmeriCorps Member, Teacher, and Camp Counselor, among many others.

Year 1 course topics will likely include: Basic Outdoor Skills, Canoe and SUP, Winter Camping, Snowshoeing/ X-Country Skiing, Trail Building, Basic Survival, Rock Climbing, Leave No Trace Ethics, Ice Fishing and Safety, Fly Fishing, Team Building and Leadership, Map and Compass, Boater’s Safety, Intro to Sea Kayak, Intro to Sailing, Outdoor Cooking, Intro to Search and Rescue, Mountain and Fat Biking, Basic Bicycle Maintenance and Repair, and Naturalist Studies.

Year 2 course topics will likely include Advanced/Solo Canoe, Advanced Sea Kayak, Ocean Navigation, Advanced Wilderness First Aid, Rock and Ice Climbing, Search and Rescue, Mapping/Surveying/GIS, Teaching and Service, Conflict Resolution, Expedition Planning, Sailing, Lifeguarding, Mountain and Fat Biking cont.