Outdoor Leadership Trainings

What are Outdoor Leadership Trainings? 

Our Outdoor Leadership Trainings are a collection of trips and workshops that develop leadership skills through outdoor experiences. Through these hands-on trainings you will learn valuable leadership skills such as group management, decision making, self-awareness, situational assessment, and technical skills in a variety of outdoor activities. All food, equipment, and transportation is included with registration for each training.

How do I register for Outdoor Leadership Trainings?

Outdoor Leadership Trainings are open to the Duke Community. A membership with Duke Recreation and Physical Education is not required to participate in our trainings. You can register for any of our Outdoor Leadership Trainings by visiting the Climbing Wall during open hours. Payment is required at time of registration.

Who are these trainings for?

These trainings are for anyone interested in further developing their leadership and technical skills. Some previous experience is required to participate in training trips and workshops. These trainings are also used to develop student trip leaders, although it is not required to work for Outdoor Adventures in order to participate in our Outdoor Leadership Trainings.

Spring 2019 Schedule

Trip Leader Seminar
In this seminar you will learn the skills needed to be a Trip Leader for Duke Outdoor Adventures. Topics will include group facilitation, risk management and assessment, in addition to a variety of technical skills
*This training is required to become a Trip Leader with Duke Outdoor Adventures

  • Date: Wednesday, January 8th
  • Location: Wilson Recreation Center
  • 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Carolina Outdoor Adventure Leadership Summit
This will be a weekend long joint-training with university outdoor recreation programs from across NC. We’ll be camping at UNC Greensboro’s Piney Lake Outdoor Center where we will be completing an Adventure Race and participating in a variety of skills workshops while connecting with other outdoor program leaders.

  • Date: January 25th – January 27th
  • Location: UNC Greensboro

Leave No Trace Trainer Certification Course
The two-day Leave No Trace Trainer Course is designed to teach individuals how to teach people and groups about minimum impact skills and ethics. The course covers the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace as well as techniques for disseminating these low impact skills. Participants will be awarded a lifetime Leave No Trace Trainer Certificate and a complementary Leave No Trace membership.

  • Date: February 16th – 17th  
  • Location: TBD

Spring Break Backpack and Climbing Training
We’ll be exploring the Southwest by spending 3 days backpacking in the Grand Canyon and then 3 days rock climbing. Participants will learn backcountry skills in the deserts of the west, while also learning leadership skills. Participants will have an opportunity to be the Leader of the Day where they determine the group’s plan and guide the group throughout the day. During the climbing portion participants will learn climbing site setup and management, as well as lead climbing, anchor setup and cleaning.

  • Date: March 9th – 16th
  • Location: Grand Canyon, AZ / Snow Canyon, UT

Whitewater Kayak Training
This training will teach you the basics needed to facilitate a whitewater kayaking experience. Skills will include boat outfitting, safety talks, river maneuvers and rescue skills.

  • Date: April 6th
  • Location: Haw River

Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop
The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be leading a fun and interactive workshop focused on how to interact and teach participants while traveling and camping in the outdoors. They will focus on techniques to approach someone doing something less than Leave No Trace and activities you can use to teach Leave No Trace. Registration is recommended but not required. To register visit LNT.org/DUKE2019.

  • Date: Tuesday, January 29th /
  • Location: Wilson Recreation Center
  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm