IDP Foundations Workshops

Foundations = Where It All Begins

1185572 654869914532449 778361006 nAll outdoor leaders need a foundation of knowledge, skill and attitude that informs their practice and Foundations serves as the bricks and mortar. Emphasis is placed on the history and key philosophies of outdoor education, exploring how people learn and how to foster positive group experiences, understanding the role or risk and responding to emergencies, and experiencing first-hand OP trips. The skills you learn and ideas you explore will be recurrent themes throughout the Discipline Modules.

Sign up for Foundations Workshops in the Outing Center in the Student Recreation Center.

Recreation Management Majors:  If you have already taken Principles of Outdoor Experiential Education, you may fast track through the IDP Foundations and may immediately sign up for your participation trips and begin working on your IDP Essentials workshops.  This must be approved by your RM Professor and an OP Coordinator.

Foundations Workshops

Introduction to IDP and History, Philosophy and Roles in Outdoor Education

This workshop will tell you all you need to know about the IDP process.  You'll know what to except throughout the IDP process and will have all your questions answered.  You'll discuss the rich history of outdoor education from it's beginning through the development of ASU's very own Outdoor Program, which begin in 1973. 

Risk Management in the Wilderness Setting

Managing risk in the wilderness setting is one of the most important skills you can develop as an outdoor leader.   This workshop will teach you the importance of how a leader can manage risk properly in the field, discuss the various types of risk, and finally cover assessing risk and potential hazards.

Group Dynamics

Participants on an outdoor trip generally form a group for the period of time that they are together and these groups can pass through several stages of development.  The ability to identify the stages of our group will enable you to understand and predict the behavior of the group and even better will allow you to subtly intervene and guide the group towards the height of their development—a community.


Fall 2017 Foundation Workshops Schedule 

Intro to IDP and Outdoor Ed History
-Wednesday, September 13th From 3:00 – 4:30 pm 
-Thursday, September 21st From 3:00 – 4:30 pm 

Risk Management in the Wilderness Setting
-Wednesday,  September 27th From 3:00 – 4:30 pm 
-Thursday, September 14th From 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Group Dynamics
-Wednesday, September 20th From 3:00 – 4:30 pm 
-Thursday, September 28th  From 3:00 – 4:30 pm 


To see a current schedule of Foundations workshops please check the OP Calendar.

Sign up for all of these FREE workshops in the Outing Center at the Student Recration Center.

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Student Recreation Center
150 Bodenheimer Drive
Boone, North Carolina 28608

Phone: (828) 262-4077
Fax: (828) 262-3033

A department of UREC in the division of Student Affairs.