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Our courses are designed to introduce the learner to new environments and adventure activities. This means most of our credit classes involve some weekend meeting times and/or overnight experiences. 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 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.


OUT 121 Disc Golf

  • Thursdays, 4:25 – 7:25 p.m., March 28 – May 9
  • Day trips
    • Sunday, April 14; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, April 28; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Instructor: Tucker Middleton

Disc golf is an inclusive physical activity that challenges the mind as well as the body. This class is presented out of doors as a sustainable and healthy alternative exercise routine. Instruction covers both the physical and mental aspects of the sport while emphasizing stress release, connection with others and the natural environment. The topics of technique, strategies, rules, and etiquette lay a foundation. The benefits of walking, positive social interactions, and environmental consciousness are central themes. Weekend workshops and a trip to another disc golf course present students with opportunities to test skills in varying settings and broaden the depth of the experience for continued participation. Come to class prepared to be outside for the entire class session: rain coat, warm layers, shoes that can get muddy, and gloves. 

REGISTRATION

You must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10.

FEE

$125

Fee includes discs, carrying bag and transportation for weekend trips.

OUT 122 Skiing/Snowboarding

  • Fridays, 2:30 – 9:45 p.m., Jan. 25 – March 1
    • Section 1: Downhill Skiing
    • Section 2: Snowboarding
  • Sundays, 9:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Jan. 27 – March 3
    • Section 3: Downhill Skiing
    • Section 4: Snowboarding

Learn and develop sound skills in downhill skiing or snowboarding as a lifetime leisure activity. Skill levels taught include beginners, intermediates and advanced in skiing. Each participant will select the appropriate level of instruction and be evaluated accordingly.

Each class will consist of a specific two-hour 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.

Visit the Greek Peak website for the full course description, syllabus and online payment information. Visit REI online to learn about how to dress for a winter course.

Bus transportation is provided and will depart from the East Gym parking Lot E at the designated class start time. Students may elect to drive their personal car, but fees will not be prorated. Please be on time!

FEE

  • $382 with lift ticket & instruction
  • $469 with lift ticket, equipment rentals & instruction
  • $511 with lift ticket, equipment rentals, instruction & helmet

OUT 130 English Horsemanship I

  • Section 1: Mondays, 10:50 a.m. –1:20 p.m.
  • Section 2: Mondays, 1:40 – 4 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.
  • Section 7: Wednesdays, 9:40 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Section 8: Wednesdays, 1:10 – 3:40 p.m.

Instructor: Cailin Elliott

Please call Unity Stables at (607) 724-1003 with any questions.

This course is for students with no riding experience. The staff at Unity 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 and trot, proper grooming and tacking-up techniques, parts of the horse, and tack and basic feeding needs are also covered.

The goal is to practice safe and sure horsemanship for intellectual, physical, social and emotional wellness awareness. Additional fee includes instruction, facility usage and equipment — everything but personal attire. Appropriate attire is expected for the first day of class: long pants, shirt with sleeves, and boots -- or shoes that tie and have heels.

FEE

$410

The fee is payable to Unity Stables and is due the first day of class by check, cash or credit card. Transportation to and from the stable is available. Meet 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. 

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.

Weight is a determining factor for participation and safety. Please note that to ensure horse and rider safety, we enforce a rider weight limit of 220 pounds. You must be in good physical condition to participate in the riding portion of the Horsemanship I course.

OUT 131 English Horsemanship II

  • Section 1: Monday, 4:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Section 2: Thursday, 2:20 – 4:50 p.m.
  • Section 3: Sundays, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Instructor: Cailin Elliott

Please call the Unity Stables at (607) 724-1003 for permission to register.

This course is for students who have passed English Horsemanship I or who have had prior riding experience. Horsemanship II emphasizes more advanced control of the horse.

The goal is to practice safe and sure horsemanship for intellectual, physical, social and emotional wellness awareness. Additional fee includes instruction, facility usage and equipment — everything but personal attire. Appropriate attire is expected for the first day of class: long pants, shirt with sleeves, and boots -- or shoes that tie and have heels.

FEE

$410

The fee is payable to Unity Stables and is due the first day of class by check, cash or credit card. Transportation to and from the stable is available. Meet 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.

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.

Weight is a determining factor for participation and safety. Please note that to ensure horse and rider safety, we enforce a rider weight limit of 220 pounds. You must be in good physical condition to participate in the riding portion of the Horsemanship I course.

OUT 176 Fly Fishing

  • Thursdays, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., March 14 – May 9
  • Fishing trips
    • Sundays, April 14, 28 and Saturday, May 4
  • 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. 

REGISTRATION

You must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10.

FEE

$250

Fee includes the use of rods, reels, and waders. Fly tying materials and transportation are also provided. 

PLEASE NOTE

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.

OUT 177 Hiking/Snowshoeing

  • Section 1: Tuesdays, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    • January 29 – March 5
    • Day Trips
      • Saturday, Feb. 9; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Sunday, Feb. 24; 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
      • Saturday, March 2; 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • Instructor: John Greene
  • Section 2: Wednesdays, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    • March 27 – May 8
    • Day trips
      • Saturday, April 13; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Saturday, April 27; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Saturday, May 4; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Instructor: Kylie Murray
  • Section 3: Fridays, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    • March 8 – May 10
    • Day trips
      • Sunday, March 31; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Saturday, April 13; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Saturday, May 4; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Instructor: Erika Kalgren
  • Section 4: Wednesdays, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    • March 27 – May 8
    • Day trips
      • Saturday, April 6; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Sunday, April 14; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Saturday, May 4; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Instructor: Elias Miller

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 ethics, wellness and environmental awareness.

REGISTRATION

You must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10.

FEE

$175

PLEASE NOTE

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.

OUT 245 Introduction to Outdoor Pursuits

  • Fridays, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    • Jan. 25 – March 1
  • Day trips
    • Saturday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 9
  • Overnight
    • Friday, Feb. 22 – Sunday, Feb. 24
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification
    • Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

An introduction to outdoor pursuits will provide students with the fundamentals of land-based winter adventure activities. This is a weekend intensive class. Activities include snowshoeing or hiking, cross-country skiing, navigation, winter camping and wilderness first aid. Primary objective of the course is provide students with the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to conduct physically and environmentally sound outings in addition to developing or increasing their outdoor activity skill level. Topics include group development and leadership, expedition planning, emergency procedures, and wilderness travel technique. 

REGISTRATION

You must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10.

FEE

$325

PLEASE NOTE

Students must have synthetic long underwear tops and bottoms, sturdy hiking boots and synthetic socks. 

OUT 250 Bicycling

  • Wednesdays, 2:20 – 5:20 p.m.
    • March 27 – May 8
  • Weekend rides
    • Sunday, April 14; 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 28; 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, May 5; 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Instructors: Michael Zuber and Erika Kalgren

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.

REGISTRATION

You must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10.

FEE

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

 

OUT 255 Backcountry Medicine

  • Section 1: Fridays, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    • March 8 – May 3
    • Certification weekend
      • Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Weekend field sessions:
      • Two mandatory weekend 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.

REGISTRATION

You must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10.

FEE

$325

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 troubleshooting 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 through an overhaul, particularly with threaded and threadless headsets, hubs (involved in wheels), and installation of chainrings 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.

REGISTRATION

You can get more information and/or register in the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10. For more information, please contact Michael Zuber at 777-6318 or mzuber@binghamton.edu.

 

Last Updated: 11/19/18