The Outdoor Leadership Program

Do you love the time you spend in the outdoors? Do you thrill in the challenge of trekking through the mountains or paddling through deserted canyons? If so, you may be interested in the CSUN Outdoor Leadership Program.

We are looking for CSUN Students who have a desire to learn more about the outdoor recreation experience, and who would enjoy sharing their love of the outdoors with others.

*This program is separate from the Trip Leader Program, which is paused indefinitely due to COVID 19

SYNCHRONOUS OLP will be comprised of weekly zoom meetings where we teach outdoor skills and knowledge through engaging activities, despite not going camping together. We hope to create and share skills and knowledge that you can use in your personal recreation endeavors, or with CSUN Outdoor Adventures when we return to travel based programs. This program is restricted to current CSUN students.

ASYNCHRONOUS OLP is a flexible, self paced, set of training activities to be competed independently on CANVAS. There are no required Zoom meetings, no in-person meetings, and no synchronous elements. This program is restricted to current CSUN Students Faculty, and Staff

*Current CSUN students are encouraged to participate in both offerings for the complete experience.

What is the Outdoor Leadership Program?

The Outdoor Leadership Program is designed to provide the knowledge and necessary skills for individuals who love the outdoors and what to continue to develop outdoor skills, leadership skills, and other transferable skills that not only apply to outdoor hobbies, but to school and work. Program participants and guides are exposed to many aspects of outdoor and personal leadership opportunities including:

  • Group Management
  • Outdoor Living
  • Leadership skills and attributes
  • Wilderness Medicine
  • Trip Planning
  • Safety, Injury and Rescue Practices Group Management
  • Teaching Philosophy and Techniques
  • Decision Making
  • Skill Acquisition in Outdoor Activities: Backpacking, Hiking, Kayaking, Canoeing, Rock Climbing

Program Goal

The goal of the O.L.P. is to develop knowledgeable, highly skilled and trained outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Our overall mission is to provide the CSUN community an avenue to foster an appreciation for the outdoors, while emphasizing safety, environmental awareness, minimum impact, personal exploration, group bonding, experiential education, positive interaction, and good times. Additionally, we are committed to providing quality leadership and teaching development opportunities for students and others within the CSUN Campus Community.

All participation is voluntary and at will

We would like to thank you for your interest. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to Zoom with us at ID 8186774453, or email