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Wilderness Adventures


Syllabus

Wilderness Adventures Syllabus
Instructor:
Allan Garvin
allan.garvin@trsu.org
Room 205
875-2146 (x 212)


Course Description & Events:
Wilderness Adventures is a hands-on field based course that will cover a variety of topics related to adventure and exploration. The concept of “wilderness” will be traced through many subjects including: geography, ecology, literature, history, geology, poetry, creative writing, philosophy, problem solving, and outdoor skills. Emphasis will be placed on “experiencing” much of the material covered in class. Participants in the class will be expected to work cooperatively with other students and participate in the class activities, which will frequently include outdoor activities in the forest behind GMUHS. Additional activities such as backpacking and canoe trips may be offered. Be prepared to get dirty, have some fun, and experience what wilderness is all about.

NOTE: Successful completion of this class requires that you spend at least one night outdoors to meet the requirements of the Adventure Project. There will be a trip offered or you can do it on your own. See Adventure Project handout for more details.


Topics Covered:
We will experience the concept of “wilderness” by examining several different areas. The main units we will cover are:
Awareness
Survival and Primitive Skills
Adventure and Exploration
Wilderness Philosophy


Groups:
The structure of this class dictates that we will be doing lots of group activities. Sometimes you will choose your own groups, other times the instructor will do it for you. Work completed in teams will always be graded on an individual basis, so no slacking (even if you have a really smart partner).

Grading Policy:
We will be using a standard point system where your final grade will be determined by dividing your points earned by points possible.

Late work will be penalized 10% per day (no credit will be given after 2 weeks). The only exception is for excused absences. You will have 1 week to turn in work due to an excused absence and still receive full credit, after that time it is considered late and will be scored accordingly.

Field grades are an important component of this course. If you miss a field day you will need to make it up in order to receive credit. The field day make up procedure will be to find and read an article related to class content and write a one page response that summarizes the article and your thoughts about it.


Required Materials:
  • A journal (see example in class)
  • A pencil or pen – must be brought to class every day.
  • A three-ring binder or folder for handouts.
  • Access to old clothes – you will get muddy and wet from time to time.

Rules/ Behavior Expectations:
Due to the active nature of this course, it is important that you follow the behavior expectations. There are only 3 simple rules:
  1. Don’t do anything that interferes with the safety or learning of others.
  2. Do what is expected.
  3. Do the best you can.

Use some common sense and you won’t have any problems.



Adventure Project

Adventure Project Field Guide 

Wilderness Adventures has been about getting outside to experience nature. This project is a chance for you to use and demonstrate the skills and knowledge that you have learned in this class.

Your task is to create a portfolio of your experience in Wilderness Adventures class. Your portfolio should reflect on the skills and experiences that you have had. It can be a personalized field guide on the skills you have learned and must include the following sections:

FIELD GUIDE CHAPTERS
1. Awareness
2. Shelter
3. Fire
4. Traps
5. Weapons
6. Adventure/hiking trip (20 points)
· Logistics – where you went and what you did
· Pictures (2 pictures of your camp, 2 pictures of you are required)
· Summary – Journal entries of what you did on the trip

CRITERIA FOR EACH CHAPTER:
· An explanation of each of the skills you have learned (5 points per chapter)
· Pictures or diagrams of the skills (3 points per chapter)
· A reflection/narrative of your journey learning and using the skills (4 points per chapter) A million dollar bill (0 points)


Format:
All of the text in this project must be typed in 12 point font and double spaced. It is recommended that you use the above headings as “chapters” in your portfolio and create each one separately (don’t put different subjects on the same page). Be creative with the presentation of your portfolio. Make it look nice. Images really help, so d. Don’t be afraid to include several. Although they pictures do not count towards the page length, some say that they are worth “1000 words”. Your final portfolio should be put into a 3-ring binder (1 inch max) or other similar binder when it is turned in.


Grading:
This project is worth 100 points and IS REQUIRED TO PASS THIS CLASS. See the point values listed for each section.



Skills sections points per chapter – 12 points
· An explanation of each of the skills you have learned (5 points per chapter)
· Pictures or diagrams of the skills (3 points per chapter)
· A reflection/narrative of your journey learning and using the skills (4 points per chapter)


Hiking Trip section – 20 points
· Logistics – where you went and what you did: trip length, date, maps, etc. (4 points)
· Pictures (2 pictures of your camp, 2 pictures of you during activity) (6 points)
· Summary – Journal entries of what you did on the trip (10 points)


Creativity and Quality – 20 points
· Make your portfolio creative and neat
· Check spelling and grammar
· Organization


DUE DATE:________________


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