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Outdoor Leadership

Outdoor Leadership

Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS, Certificate, CER

Pathway: Science, Engineering and Math

More Options: Classroom Based

Program Length: 4 Semesters

Location: Centennial, Rampart Range, Other Off-Campus Location

Transferability: Transferable

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Fall 2023 Update: 
The Outdoor Leadership Program (Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS, Certificate, CER)
will be discontinued and is no longer admitting new students.  Pikes Peak State College is committed
to supporting current Outdoor Leadership students through their graduation .  For current students
completing the Outdoor Leadership AAS, Certificate, CER, please contact

Bill Landis at bill.landis@pikespeak.edu or 719-502-2562.


The scuba courses will not be effected by this change. 
Please contact Terri Aguero at terri.aguero@pikespeak.edu or 719-502-3400.



This video was edited by PPSC MGD Student, Fatima Bahena Solorio. 

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By pursuing an Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Technology degree at PPSC, you will explore your passion, develop your outdoor skills, gain leadership experience, and find employment doing what you love. The variety of careers open to graduates include Environmental Educator/Interpreter, Camp Director, Outdoor Adventure Guide and Forest Recreation Worker.

Our required internship experience will provide you with direct experience in the field of work, which is highly sought after by employers. Every graduate of the program will also attain a minimum of 3 relevant certifications including CPR/First Aid, Leave No Trace Trainer, & Wilderness First Responder.  


220 Acre Mountain Field Location

Most classes are held at Aspen Valley Ranch, our 220-acre mountain field location in Woodland Park – a community partnership with the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.


Partner With Leaders in the Industry

We partner with leaders in the outdoor industry to provide the most accurate, up-to-date information and equipment. Expect excellent instruction from highly experienced and professional faculty.


What do PPSC Outdoor Leadership students study?

Your education will prepare you for employment in the Outdoor Recreation field by teaching you how to become an engaging and responsible leader and a steward of the environment and how to communicate environmental values.

Once you gain your degree you will be a competent, educated and marketable outdoor leader.




Outdoor Leadership Classes You Might Take

Here are some classes you could take at PPSC
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This course emphasizes the physiological, psychological and practical principles of survival. Survival equipment, wilderness improvising techniques, and wilderness dangers are included.

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Emphasizes the motivation, aesthetics, and ethics of wilderness. Examines viewpoints from Native American, Western, historic, and modern environmental writers.

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Introduces the development, acquisition, and application of outdoor leadership skills and knowledge. Focuses on the latest information philosophy, and techniques necessary to safely conduct outdoor programs and expeditions as an outdoor leader. Skills are applied under actual field conditions. Emphasizes minimal impact camping, wilderness ecology, judgment and decision making, group dynamics and trip logistics. These skills enhance effectiveness as an outdoor leader.

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Examination of a variety of naturalist topics and identification of multiple plant and animal species including ecosystems, ecology, geology, nature journaling, interpretive guide techniques, and identification of plants, insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals.

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Meets the standards for recertification of a Wilderness First Responder certification.

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Covers material designed for career and technical students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, statistics, and graphs. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications.

Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government.

This course focuses on the role of communication theory and skills as they apply to business and organizational settings. Topics include organizational and leadership models, effective communication skills with peers, superiors, and subordinates, environmental factors impacting communication, and interviewing skills.

Provides training in lifesaving skills for responding to first aid and cardiopulmonary emergencies. This course provides the skills and knowledge for the 2-year certification from the American Heart Association (AHA) Heartsaver First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Introduces the basic components of multimedia: text, graphics, animation, sound, and video. Students gain an introductory knowledge of various multimedia and design software programs. Students gain hands-on, technical, conceptual and aesthetic experience pertaining to the creation of multi-dimensional design and time-based media via an array of projects and demonstrations. Students will be introduced to career opportunities within multimedia fields.

Please contact Outdoor Leadership Chair for more information about this class

Studies the history, principles, philosophy, and contemporary problems and trends of recreation and their influence upon today’s American society.

Student should place into MAT 1140

Student should place into ENG 1020
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  • Exhibit mastery of outdoor leadership and recreational technical skills
  • Exhibit competent and ethical leadership in an outdoor environment
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with clients and other community members
  • Assess potential environmental impacts of recreation activity
  • Discuss, explain, and implement relevant environmental conservation practices
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Every year the PPSC Foundation offers hundreds of thousands of dollar's worth of scholarship money for eligible and in need students. To learn more about scholarship availability, please visit: pikespeak.edu/scholarships


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