This course offers an introduction to the manifold facets of the Adventure Education program. Students will have opportunity for personal and professional growth by way of planning, and implementing several adventure pursuits (i.e. rock climbing, river running, navigation, expeditionary backpacking) in outdoor settings. Students will take part in, and practice, group development, communication, feedback and self-directed learning skills and techniques setting themselves up for success in future field based courses. Complimentary topics including a history of adventure and exploration, landscape and place based studies, and the origins of outdoor education will enrich students' perspective on adventure education and serve as a means of assessing and determining their own commitment and suitability for outdoor leadership and recreational pursuits.