KIN W40 Grand Canyon Outdoor Educator

This program is not offered this academic year. See this year's interims.

Basic information

  • Location: Grand Canyon National Park, AZ | Map
  • Dates: January 5-23
  • Cost: $2,541 (estimate)

This wilderness based learning experience is designed for students interested in developing wilderness leadership skills and advanced skills in expeditionary leadership, backcountry medicine, and rock climbing instruction and site management.

The course begins at Calvin College with a 9 day Wilderness First Responder certification course sponsored by the Wilderness Medical Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).  Two groups of 10 students will then travel to Grand Canyon National Park for a 6 day winter backpacking trip deep into the heart of the Grand Canyon.  Here, students will gain skills in wilderness leadership, backcountry living and travel, risk management, outdoor education, and group development. Students will then travel to Joshua Tree National Park to complete 6 day rock climbing instructor and site management course.  During the 24 day interim, students will also be exposed to the following topics related to outdoor education and leadership; group dynamics, conflict management and resolution, expedition planning, models of facilitation, land management agencies, Leave No Trace ethics, regional natural history, and environmental ethics and stewardship. This course may fulfill a PER core requirement or an elective in the Recreation minor.


This course may fulfill an elective in the Recreation minor.


$2,541 (estimate)

Questions / contact

Kyle Heys

Kyle Heys

Director of Knight Scholars Program
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Ryan Rooks

Ryan Rooks

Campus Recreation Coordinator, Teaching Staff
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