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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 122 Skiing/Snowboarding             OUT 180 Outdoor Living Skills
OUT 130 English Horsemanship I             OUT 250 Bicycling
OUT 131 English Horsemanship II             OUT 251 Canoeing
OUT 176 Fly Fishing             OUT 252 White Water Kayaking
OUT 177 Hiking/Snowshoeing             OUT 255 Backcountry Medicine
OUT 177 Hiking             OUT 395-04 Independent Study Bicycle Maintenance

 


 

OUT 122 Skiing/Snowboarding

  • Fridays, 2:30 – 9:45 p.m., Jan. 19 – Feb. 23
    • Section 1: Downhill Skiing
    • Section 2: Snowboarding
  • Sundays, 9:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Jan. 21 – Feb. 25
    • 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 15 – May 3
  • Fishing Trips
    • Sundays, April 15, 22 & 29
  • 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

$200

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: Mondays, 1:10 – 4:10 p.m.
    • January 22 – March 12
    • Day Trips
      • Sunday, Feb. 4; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Saturday, Feb. 24; 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
      • Saturday, March 10; 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • Instructor: Erika Kalgren
  • Section 2: Wednesdays, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
    • January 24 – March 14
    • Day Trips
      • Sunday, February 4; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Sunday, Feb. 25; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Sunday, March 11; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Instructor: Kylie Murray

OUT 177 Hiking

  • Section 3: Mondays, 8:30-11:30 p.m.
  • March 19 – May 7
  • Day Trips
    • Sunday, March 25; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Sunday, April 15; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Sunday, April 29; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Instructor: Kylie Murray

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 180 Outdoor Living Skills

  • Fridays, 1:10-4:10 p.m.
    • March 9 – May 4
  • Day Trips
    • Sunday, March 11 and Sunday, April 15
  • Overnight
    • Friday, March 16 – Saturday, March 17
    • Rain Date: Friday, April 27 – Saturday, April 28
  • Instructors: Suzy Lee & Will Warner

Join us for hands-on learning and camaraderie in a supportive, experiential atmosphere. Learn the necessary skills to actively pursue many outdoor leisure-time activities with confidence. Designed for students with little or no camping experience, this course will emphasize decision-making, basic survival techniques, development of the survival mindset and teaches such introductory skills as fire building, stove operation, tarp/shelter set-ups, nutrition, knots, map and compass use as well as environmental awareness.

REGISTRATION

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

FEE

$200

PLEASE NOTE

Students must have synthetic long underwear tops and bottoms, sturdy hiking boots and synthetic socks. Additional course fee includes transportation, camping equipment and permits.

OUT 250 Bicycling

  • Mondays, 2:20-5:20 p.m.
    • March 19 – May 7
  • Weekend Rides
    • Saturday, April 14; 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, April 29; 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, May 6; 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Instructors: Michael Zuber & 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 251 Canoeing

  • Wednesdays, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • March 21 – May 2
  • Pool Time
    • March 21 & 28
  • Day Trips
    • Sunday, April 29 & Saturday, May 5; 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 the 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.

REGISTRATION

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

FEE

$225

PLEASE NOTE

Two mandatory weekend river trips are required to complete this course. Students must have a synthetic underwear top. Boats, paddles, PFDs, wetsuits (if necessary) and transportation are provided.

OUT 252 White Water Kayaking

  • Thursdays, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • March 22 – May 3
  • Pool Time
    • 3:30 p.m., March 22 & 29
  • Day Trips
    • Saturday, April 28; 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Sunday, May 6; 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Instructor: Steve Busch

This course is an introduction to whitewater kayaking. Instruction focuses on paddling techniques and practices that enable an individual to successfully negotiate a class II & III whitewater 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.

REGISTRATION

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

FEE

$225

PLEASE NOTE

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. Wetsuits, boats, paddles, helmets, PFDs and transportation are provided.

OUT 255 Backcountry Medicine

  • Section 1: Fridays, 1:10-4:10 p.m.
    • January 19 – March 2
    • Certification Weekend
      • Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Weekend Field Sessions:
      • Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 25
  • Section 2: Fridays, 1:10-4:10 p.m.
    • March 9 – May 4
    • Certification Weekend
      • Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Weekend Field Sessions
      • Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 29
  • 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: 6/22/18