Topic: Outdoor

Outdoor; Health/Wellbeing
Mindfulness Coaching on Outdoor Trips 1870
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Monday, April 4 • 8:00am – 9:00am
  • Miami 1/2/3
  • Jackie Matthews, University of Florida
The TRiP program, through RecSports, and the Counseling and Wellness Center of the University of Florida partnered to provide specific, outdoor trips to coach and encourage the practice of mindfulness among UF students. The pilot program took place during the 15-16 school year, and this presentation will showcase lessons learned, data collected, and shared stories. Presentation attendees will also participate in a mindfulness activity.
Core Competencies: Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify ways to offer mindfulness trips for students at their university.
  2. Participate in a mindfulness activity.
Outdoor Recreation Roundtable 1809
  • Monday, April 4 • 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Osceola 1/2/3
  • Bridget Nemeth, RCRSP, Old Dominion University
Join the outdoor recreation roundtable to discuss current trends, gather best practices, and contribute to the outdoor community. Specific discussion topics will be determined by attendees and small group discussions will report highlights.
AORE and NIRSA: Onsite Meeting of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education 1753
  • Tuesday, April 5 • 8:30am – 9:30am
  • Sun D/4/5/6
  • Jeannette Stawski
Attendees will have a conversation about the current state of the outdoor recreation and education industry. The session will include an exchange of information and insights, as well as discussion of future action from the AORE perspective.
Executive Leadership and Strategic Thinking; Outdoor
Leveraging Outdoor Recreation to Serve the Bigger Picture 1831
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Tuesday, April 5 • 2:45pm – 3:45pm
  • Osceola B
  • Bridget Nemeth, RCRSP, Old Dominion University; Lynn Zwaagstra, University of Arizona; Nathan McKinnis, Duke University; Tim Moore, Boston University; Tim Mertz, RCRSP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Todd Bauch, Portland State University
In this session, a panel of NIRSA campus recreation administrators will share insights into the value of outdoor recreation programs as well as strategies for how these programs can serve an institution’s agenda on topics like recruitment, retention, academic success, and student development. Panelists will detail their career paths from practitioner to administrator, explain their perspectives from each role, and briefly explain the impact of different program models, sizes, and spending on student success outcomes. Directors, administrators, practitioners, and students are invited to join the discussion and contribute to the conversation on leveraging outdoor recreation to serve the bigger picture.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Philosophy & Theory; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how to evaluate and apply strategies for using outdoor recreation programs and services to meet higher education goals.
  2. Learn how to compare and contrast the roles and perspectives of practitioners and administrators to enhance leadership and personnel management strategies.
Outdoor; Managing/Leading Student Staff
Herding Cats: the Art and Education of Training Your Trip Staff to Lead Others in the Outdoors 1783
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs,
  • Wednesday, April 6 • 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Sanibel 1/2/3
  • Mike McFall, Old Dominion University; Allison Hughes, The University of Tennessee At Chattanooga; Chris Hendricks, Duke University
As recreation programs are focusing more and more on student-led programs and initiatives, an effective training program is an essential key to the success and safety of these programs. In this session, we’ll discuss the elements needed to develop a strong training program, explore some hurdles linked with various training programs, and learn what is involved with training your staff to uphold university risk management practices. By examining several different training models, participants will gain a better understanding of the ways they can continue to prepare student leaders to plan and facilitate off-campus outings within their program area.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Legal Liability & Risk Management; Programming; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Gain insight regarding the elements needed to develop an effective leadership training program. Additionally, identify the necessary qualities and character traits needed to develop effective student leaders and outstanding adults.
  2. Gain an understanding of the three major hurdles associated with training staff members who lead trips: in-house training vs. certifications, paid vs. unpaid, and year-long mentorship-based training vs. extended week-long field training.
  3. Discover what is involved in training your trip staff to understand and uphold department and university risk management practices while leading other students in off-campus environments.