RCPT 230 Introduction to Outdoor Recreation
The principles of deep ecology (e.g., The impact of humans in the world is excessive and rapidly getting worse; The diversity of life, including cultures, can flourish only with reduced human impact) are discussed as part of a lecture on the state of the world. We spend approximately half a class period (about 30 minutes) discussing the principles as well as comparing dominate worldviews and deep ecology (e.g., dominance over nature vs. harmony with nature; belief in ample resource reserves vs. earth supplies are limited; consumerism vs. doing with enough/recycling; national/centralized communities vs. minority traditions/bioregions).
RCPT 317 Adventure Programming
This course covers the leadership of adventure-based sports. Students are required to teach environmental ethics and practices associated with rock climbing, various paddle sports, and caving. Lessons occur each 3-hour class period for approximately 20 minutes. Students are also required to research and write a paper on a natural resource management topics related to adventure sports.
RCPT 331 Outdoor Living Skills
This class covers the leadership of outdoor living skills in the context of backpacking. Students learn and practice Leave No Trace Ethics on two different weekend backpacking trips. Leave No Trace is a national program to educate recreational users of our public lands. Each student also conducts a 50-minute class presentation on one the Leave No Trace principles. Students receive the national Leave No Trace Trainer certification at course completion.
RCPT 431 Managing Travel Resources
The theme of sustainability is woven throughout this class on tourism. Students are introduced to sustainable tourism, including (1) cultural, (2) economic, and (3) environmental impacts. Sustainability is explained through lecture, readings and field trips. Each of the three topics has a 3-hour focus, with the concepts being re-iterated throughout the semester.
RCPT 476 Wilderness Institute
This is a 28-day wilderness leadership expedition taught during summer session one. Students are taught and practice Leave No Trace Ethics throughout the 28-day field experience. Formal classes are taught in the areas of environmental ethics and land management issues. Approximately sixteen hours are formally spent on these topics. Students receive the national Leave No Trace certification at course completion and the Wilderness Education Association Leadership certificate.