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We are bringing back UMass Lowell (UML)'s popular Outdoor Leadership Class! This is your chance to join UML professional outdoor staff Kate Ford and Kevin Soleil to get outside, learn new skills, and grow your leadership ability!

This class is targeted at students who wish to gain more outdoor skills with an eye towards potentially leading trips in the future. If you've been interested in being an Outdoor Adventure Program trip leader for UML, or have dreams of working in other outdoor recreation jobs elsewhere in Massachusetts or beyond, this is a great resume-builder and a great way to build your skills! It is a great way to get to know new friends who share your interests, as well!

The cost of the course is $50. This covers all 7 Tuesday evenings plus a weekend camping trip! All food, equipment, and transportation is covered.

Nervous you don't know enough?? Don't worry - this class is geared towards people with an interest in the outdoors but who haven't necessarily done a lot of outdoor sports. We created this course in order to give students a solid amount of experience practicing skills, learning about educational frameworks, and honing leadership skills while doing different outdoor activities. You don't need to come with a ton of experience - only a willing attitude to learn!

Register online - Fall 2022 Outdoor Leadership Class

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The class will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. during October and November, culminating in a cool-weather camping trip!

Each student should be prepared to attend every session of the class. If you are aware of prior conflicts but still wish to join, please email: to inquire.

Every class will cover general safety practices, excellent outdoor habits, Leave No Trace ethics, leadership skills, etc. Each night will focus on one activity while building your all-around knowledge base and skills around leadership and trip leading.

  • October 4: Introduction, Lowell exploration & group dynamics/team building
  • October 11: Night paddling on the Merrimack River *6-10 p.m.
  • October 18: Night hiking in Lowell-Dracut Forest
  • October 25*: Climbing night at Central Rock Gym in Stoneham, Mass. *6-10 p.m.
  • October 29-30: Wilderness First Aid course taught by SOLO Schools. Strongly recommend each student joins. *Separate registration with extra cost, more information at our Workshops & Certifications page.
  • November 1: Camp cooking & menu planning with guest speakers!
  • November 8*: Preparation for camping trip, including buying groceries, packing food and equipment *may go late
  • November 12-13: One-night (Saturday to Sunday) camping & hiking trip to a New England location determined by the group. (Note: Friday, Nov. 11 is a holiday.)
  • November 15: Final celebration!

Check out all the other great events over the course of the semester at our OAP Trips and Events Calendar. Students who are part of the Outdoor Leadership Class are encouraged to participate in as many OAP trips as they are able to!