Outdoor Leadership Experience

Outdoor Leadership Experience

Outdoor Leadership Field School

Expeditionary, adventure-based leadership training

The Outdoor Leadership Field School is a for-credit course held over the May term. It is an expeditionary, adventure-based experience that gives students the opportunity to develop and practice leadership skills through immersion in the wilderness.

Over the duration of the course, students will gain confidence and learn skills to travel (hike, backpack, climb, and paddle) in the outdoors and work effectively as a team. Participants have the chance to earn certificates from the Wilderness Education Association in outdoor leadership and from Leave no Trace in environmental ethics.

Outdoor adventure in a wilderness setting over multiple days is an unique opportunity for fun, escape, interaction with the natural environment, self-reflection, a shared experience, as well as a transformative educational experience.

Upcoming Information Sessions:
  • Tuesday, February 21 | MMGYM Room 230 or Zoom | 5:00-6:00pm

  • Monday, February 27 | SUB Room TBD or Zoom | 5:00-6:00pm

"One of the best ways to learn is experientially, that’s where you fully understand what you’re learning." —Daniel Ezell

Outdoor Adventure Group Picture

When and where?

The 2023 experience will take place in the Boundary Waters Wilderness from May 13 to June 1. The Boundary Waters is a glacially-carved landscape and a designated wilderness area that straddles the United States-Canada border and is part of the Superior National Forest.

Who can attend?

This course is available for any student, regardless of major, who desires to develop leadership skills.

How to apply?

Space is extremely limited for this transformative experience. Click here to begin your application.


Contact Dr. Kelli McMahan, Associate Clinical Professor and Coordinator of Outdoor Education & Leadership, at Kelli_McMahan@baylor.edu or 254-710-3712 with questions.

Download the full Outdoor Leadership Field School information packet here for complete details about the experience.