Credit Classes

Outdoor Pursuits office and rental center hours

Mon.- Fri. 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Nov. 17-24.
Mon., Thurs. and Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1-12.
By appointment only during finals week, Dec. 15-19.

Most of our credit classes involve some weekend meeting times and/or overnight experiences. Our courses are designed to introduce the learner to new environments and adventure activities. Courses that require extended time in the field or that are designed for those with more skill or a higher level of physical conditioning are noted. All courses require instructor permission so that students have the best understanding of the time, personal commitment involved and fitness level needed. Weight and ability to keep pace is also a determining factor for participation and safety. Outdoor activities and the lifestyle that accompanies them are not for everyone.

NOTE: Fees and drop/add deadlines associated with mini courses are subjected to earlier deadlines than those of full semester courses. University fees cannot be refunded after the first day of classes.

Registration and Enrollment Policies

Spring 2015 CLASSES

OUT 122 Skiing/Snowboarding
OUT 130 English Horsemanship I
OUT 131 English Horsemanship II
OUT 174 Tree Climbing
OUT 176 Fly Fishing
OUT 177 Hiking / Snowshoeing
OUT 250 Bicycling
OUT 251 Canoeing
OUT 252 White Water Kayaking
OUT 255 Backcountry Medicine
OUT 260 Winter Camping and Travel Skills I
OUT 395-04 Independent Study Bicycle Maintenance
OUT 395-05 Independent Study Outdoor Adventure Education

  

SPRING 2014 CLASSES

OUT 122 Skiing/Snowboarding

Learn and develop sound skills of downhill skiing or snowboarding as a lifetime leisure activity. Skill levels taught include beginners, intermediates, advanced, and expert in skiing. Each participant will select the appropriate level of instruction and be evaluated accordingly. Each class will consist of a specific lesson in addition to required time in the activity-based training area. An ample amount of practice time to work on skills and explore the many runs will be available. Snow pants and helmets are very highly recommended.

A Greek Peak representative will be in the East Gym Recreation Center Lobby from noon- 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 to answer questions, collect registration forms and assist with payments if you have NOT already paid online.

Course description, syllabus and payment information can be found here

How to dress for a winter course

$362 with lift ticket & instruction
$438 with lift ticket, equipment rentals & instruction

Fridays, 2:20-10 p.m., January 30-March 6
Section 1: Downhill Skiing
Section 2: Snowboarding

Bus transportation is provided and will depart from the East Gym parking Lot E at 2:30 p.m. Students may elect to drive their personal car, but fees will not be prorated.

Sundays, 11:50 a.m.-7:30 p.m., February 1-March 8

Section 3: Downhill Skiing
Section 4: Snowboarding

Bus transportation is provided and will depart from the East Gym parking Lot E at 12:00 p.m. (NOON) for Sunday class sessions. Students may elect to drive their personal car, but fees will not be prorated.

 

 OUT 130 English Horsemanship I

Section 1: Mondays, 2:-4:30 p.m.
Section 2: Mondays, 4:30-7 p.m.
Section 3: Tuesdays, 12:10-2:40 p.m.
Section 4: Tuesdays, 2:50-5:20 p.m.
Section 5: Fridays, 10:50 a.m.-1:20 p.m.
Section 6: Fridays, 1:30-4 p.m.


Instructors: Cailin Elliott & Syd Davis
Call the South Wind Stables, (607) 724-1003 with any questions.

For students with no riding experience. Weight is determining factor for participation and safety. Please note that to ensure horse and rider safety, we enforce a rider weight limit of 200 pounds. You must be in good physical condition to participate in the riding portion of the Horsemanship I course. The staff at South Wind Stables teaches the basic aspects of horsemanship including the ability to catch, halter, lead, and move a horse around, as well as safely moving in close proximity, to a horse on the ground. Elementary control at the walk, trot and canter, proper grooming and tacking-up techniques, parts of the horse, and tack and basic feeding needs are also covered. Goal is to make riding a safe and enjoyable experience. Additional fee includes instruction, facility usage and equipment -- everything but personal attire. Riding helmets are also provided.

A $385 fee includes instruction, use of the horses, equipment and facility -- everything but personal attire. Fee is payable to South Wind Stables and is due the first day of class by check, cash or money order. Transportation to and from the stable is available. A navy blue Chevy Traverse will be in front of Fine Arts building at the entrance nearest Couper Admin. Bldg. at the time course is scheduled to begin. Students may also elect to drive their personal car, but fees will not be prorated. Appropriate attire is expected for the first day of class: long pants, shirt with sleeves, and boots -- or shoes that tie and have heels. No hiking shoes or oversized shoes.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is held in a barn. You will get dirty. If you are at all squeamish about or allergic to animal smells, hair, manure, or dust or have any adverse fears, asthma or issues with cats, dogs or horses then this is not a course for you.

Call South Wind Stable  at (607) 724-1003 with any questions.

 

 OUT 131 English Horsemanship II

Wednesdays or Thursdays, 5:30- 8 p.m.
Instructor: Cailin Elliott
Call South Wind Stables, (607) 724-1003 for permission to register.

For students who have passed English Horsemanship I or who have had prior riding experience. Weight is determining factor for participation and safety. Please note that to ensure horse and rider safety, we enforce a rider weight limit of 200 pounds. You must be in good physical condition. Horsemanship II is a continuation of Course I and emphasizes more advanced control of the horse.

A $385 fee includes instruction, use of the horses, equipment and facility -- everything but personal attire. Riding helmets are also provided. Fee is payable to South Wind Stables and is due the first day of class by check, cash or money order. Transportation to and from the stable is available. A navy blue Chevy Traverse will be in front of Fine Arts building at the entrance nearest Couper Admin. Bldg. at the time course is scheduled to begin. Students may also elect to drive their personal car, but fees will not be prorated. Appropriate attire is expected for the first day of class: long pants and boots or shoes that tie and have small heels. No hiking shoes or oversized shoes.

 

OUT 174 Tree Climbing

Sundays, noon-6:00 p.m., March 15-May 3
Instructor(s): TBA

Rope and harness tree climbing is our substitute for the lack of rock climbing in this area! Learn the arborist techniques to ascend into the trees. The skill sets taught in this course are the same used in canopy research. Working as a team with your classmates, students will learn basic climbing techniques, how to throw and set ropes, and how to tie proper knots. Students should be prepared to learn rope skills, canopy movement, tree identification and appreciation. Team building concepts, an emphasis on positive group dynamics, and safety will be central wellness dimensions.

Participants should be in good physical condition, willing to challenge themselves and have minimal apprehension about heights. Sincere desire to learn about trees and to become proficient in climbing skills is a must.

Must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10. Registration Fee: $225

 

 OUT 176 Fly Fishing

Thursdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m., March 19-May 7
Fishing Trips: Sundays, April 19, 26 and May 3
Instructor: Gary Romanic
Explore the exciting lifelong pursuit of fly fishing. Learn proper casting technique, field and stream safety, basic fly tying and entomology as it relates to fishing. Students will acquire an understanding of fly fishing equipment, be able to tie key knots and fly patterns, as well as effectively present flies when fishing on flat and moving water. A local expert shares his years of experience to make this one of the richest classes ever. Fee includes the use of rods, reels, and waders. Fly tying materials and transportation are also provided. Students are responsible for obtaining a New York state fishing license. This course includes three mandatory weekend day trips to put skills to practical use.

Must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, East Gym-10.

Regional waters: $200

 

 OUT 177 Hiking

Section 3: Mondays, 1:10-4:10 p.m., March 16-May 4
Day Trips: Saturday, April 18 & May 2, Sunday, April 26, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Instructor: John Greene

Section 4: Thursdays, 4:25-7:15 p.m., March 19-May 7
Day Trips: Sundays, April 19 & May 3, Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Instructor: Natalie Hughes

Hiking and snowshoeing are great ways to stay fit, reduce stress and experience the natural environment in all seasons. This course uses an integrated presentation of wellness topics and physical activity to introduce the learner to the basic skills and techniques of day hiking. Class sessions are utilized to hike the trails of our campus and local county parks. Lecture topics will include backcountry nutrition, basic survival techniques and preparedness, wilderness ethic, wellness and environmental awareness. Expect to be outside every class session while changing the way you perceive exercise. Sturdy hiking boots or shoes are highly recommended. A synthetic underwear top and rain jacket are required.

This course includes three mandatory weekend day trips to put skills to practical use.

Must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, East Gym-10.

Regional trails: $175

 

 OUT 177 Hiking / Snowshoeing

Section 1: Mondays, 1:10-4:10 p.m., February 2- March 9
Day Trips: Sunday, February 15 & Saturdays, February 28 & March 7, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Instructor: John Greene

Section 2: Thursdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m., February 5-March 12
Day Trips: Sundays, February 15 & March 8, Saturday, February 28, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Instructor: Kishan Zuber

Hiking and snowshoeing is a great way to stay fit, reduce stress and experience the natural environment. This course uses an integrated presentation of wellness topics and physical activity to introduce the learner to the basic skills and techniques of snowshoeing and day hiking. Class sessions are utilized to hike or snowshoe the trails of our campus and local county parks. Lecture topics will include backcountry nutrition, basic survival techniques and preparedness, wilderness ethic, wellness and environmental awareness. Expect to be outside every class session while changing the way you perceive exercise. There is a strict attendance policy. Synthetic long underwear and sturdy hiking boots needed for each outing.

How to dress for an experiential winter course

This course includes three mandatory weekend day trips to put skills to practical use.

Must register and make payment in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center - Room 10.
Registration fee: $175

  

 OUT 250 Bicycling

Mondays, 3:30-6:30 p.m., March 23-May 4
Weekend Rides: Saturdays, April 18, 25 & May 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Instructor: Michael Zuber

This course is designed to introduce the rider to a diversity of recreational riding opportunities with special emphasis on mountain biking. Students will learn the basics of bicycle repair and maintenance. Riding techniques and skills (e.g. braking, signaling, gearing, weight transfer, single track riding) will start on campus and progress to trips throughout the area. This course uses an integrated presentation of wellness topics and physical activity to introduce the rider to the topics of conditioning, nutrition, training, safety and environmental impact. This course includes three mandatory mountain bike day rides. Bicycles are provided by Outdoor Pursuits for a fee.

Must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, East Gym-10

$125 with your bike; $195 with bike provided; or $450 with a BOP bike purchase

 

 OUT 251 Canoeing

Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m., March 25-April 29
Pool Time: March 25
Day Trips: Sundays, April 19 & May 3, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Instructor: Steve Busch

Learn to paddle the most versatile of watercraft, the open canoe. The canoe is rich in history and tradition. Successful handling of the craft requires a delicate balance of coordination and communication with a partner. American Canoe Association curriculum will be followed. Development of intellectual and physical skills is enhanced through the use of both flat water and moving water settings providing participants with realistic and consequential outcomes. Instruction begins with basic strokes, leans and rescues then progresses to moving water for performance of river maneuvers. After starting out in the East Gym pool, the class is a trip to appropriate rivers that will test new skills on class I-II moving water. Strong swimming ability is essential. There is a strict attendance policy. Come to all class sessions prepared to get wet! Bring a bathing suit and towel. Two mandatory weekend river trips are required to complete this course. Students must have a synthetic underwear top. Boats, paddles, PFD's, wet suits (if necessary) and transportation is included in the $225 fee.

Must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, East Gym-10.

 

 OUT 252 White Water Kayaking

Thurdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m., March 26-April 30
Pool Time: 3:30 p.m., March 26 & April 2
Day Trip: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, May 2
Instructor: Steve Busch

This course is an introduction to white water kayaking. Instruction focuses on paddling techniques and practices that enable an individual to successfully negotiate a class II & III white water river. A theme of water safety is central in assisting student development of critical thinking skills (river sense). Equipment selection and use, river reading, route finding, river etiquette, and river rescue are all topics designed to assist student decision making. Development of intellectual and physical skills is enhanced through the use of both flat water and moving water settings, providing participants with realistic and consequential outcomes. Strong swimming ability is a must.

Come to all class sessions prepared to get wet! Bring a bathing suit and towel. A mandatory weekend river trip is required to complete this course. Students must have a synthetic underwear top. Wet suits, boats, paddles, helmets, PFD's and transportation are provided.

Must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, East Gym-10.

Price is $225.

 

 OUT 255 Backcountry Medicine

Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., March 18-May 6
Certification Wkd: Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wkd Field Sessions: Two Saturday or Sunday Dates TBA
Instructor: Kevin Hastings

This wilderness first aid course combines the theoretical with the experiential. The course is designed to teach skills and knowledge for safe and successful emergency care and rescue when definitive medical care is more than an hour away. Students will receive a 16-hour certification in wilderness first aid from a professional wilderness medicine association upon successful completion of the course. Special emphasis will be placed on leadership issues, accident prevention, group awareness and the dynamics of the environment. This course includes several mandatory weekend meeting times.

Must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, East Gym-10.
Price: $325

 

 OUT 260 Winter Camping and Travel Skills

Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m., February 4-March 11
Day Trip: Saturday, February 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Overnights: Saturday, February 21-Sunday, February 22
Friday, March 6-Sunday, March 8
Instructors: Michael Zuber & Andrea Smith

This course will introduce the participant to the special low-impact camping and travel techniques, equipment and clothing requirements for the winter environment. Activities will include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snow shelter building. The topics of equipment selection and use, proper route and menu planning, and snow safety will be covered. Classroom sessions and outings prepare the student for two weekend overnight camping experiences. This activity can be physically demanding, but is designed to be within the capability of people in reasonably good condition and health. Students will learn to live in the out of doors in winter weather conditions, be required to carry a pack and snowshoe approximately 3-7 miles.

How to dress for a cold weather course

Fee includes equipment, transportation, permits or trail fees. Students are responsible for purchasing their snacks, trail food and synthetic long underwear. Previous camping experience is beneficial, but not necessary. There is a strict attendance policy. Note three mandatory weekend class sessions.

Must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10
Regional trails

Registration is $225.

 

OUT 395-04 Independent Study Bicycle Maintenance

This internship is designed for students in a working/learning situation with the Department of Campus Recreational Services-Outdoor Pursuits. This course is not applicable toward the General Education requirement. Throughout the semester, we will learn the maintenance techniques necessary for trouble-shooting and repair of bicycles. Lessons will include units on derailleurs, brakes, headsets, wheels, cranks, and pedals. We will start off by learning to adjust a drivetrain, which involves knowledge of cable tension, limit screws, derailleur position, and different types of shifters. We will continue with the ins and outs of brakes: adjusting calipers and disk brakes (among other types), and re-cabling brakes and shifters. The course will involve experiential learning by overhaul, particularly with threaded and threadless headsets, hubs (involved in wheels), and installation of chain rings and pedals. This internship is designed to immerse students in the anatomy of a cycle in order to promote a strong foundation in repair. This course is assessed a $30 non-refundable fee through Student Accounts upon registration.

Sign-up: Information sheets and sign-up are available in the Outdoor Pursuits office, 10-East Gym. There is a mandatory meeting scheduled for Monday, December, 8, 2014, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in EG-10.

For more information please contact Michael Zuber at 777-6318 or mzuber@binghamton.edu.

 

OUT 395-05 Independent Study Outdoor Adventure Education

Tuesdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m., March 17-May 5
Spring Break: Wednesday, April 8-Sunday, April 12
Additional weekend meeting times will be assigned.

This experiential internship is designed for students in a working/learning situation with the Department of Campus Recreational Services-Outdoor Pursuits. This course is not applicable toward the General Education requirement.

This internship will prepare students for testing at Level I Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) standard of performance and may lead to employment within CRS Outdoor Pursuits Challenge Program as an Activities Assistant on the High and Low Ropes Course. The learning outcome of this independent study is to provide students with an understanding of adventure leadership techniques, activities, and methods. Topics will include: adventure leadership principles and skills, basic risk and safety issues in adventure education, awareness of risk management planning and technical skills in belaying, course set-up and take-down and high angle rescue. Foundations in facilitation methods and techniques as well as elements of reflection, conceptualization and experimentation will be discussed and put into practice.

This course is assessed a $30 non-refundable fee through Student Accounts upon registration.

Application and Sign-up: Application, information sheets and sign-up are available in the Outdoor Pursuits office, 10-East Gym. There is a mandatory meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December, 9, 2014, 4:15-5:30 p.m. in EG-14.

For more information please contact Birdie high at 777-4982 or birdie@binghamton.edu.

Last Updated: 12/4/14