Programs and Events

Professional Training

The Outdoor Center has many different training and education opportunities. From adventure-based to leadership training activities, there are an array of experiences for all. We strive to accommodate the most experienced outdoor enthusiast to the beginner. To book your training or experience today contact us at outdoor@gcsu.edu

Most people would agree that a group that plays together, stays together! As well, a group that works together is more effective when its members communicate and problem solve well, respect and utilize diversity in the group, cooperate and constructively deal with controversy, and use leadership within the group to transform itself into a highly functioning team. The Outdoor Center at Georgia College offers a broad range of custom designed group development experiences that are focused on team building and team effectiveness. If you are looking for a unique and exciting option to produce positive results within your group, a program with us may be right for you. Our mission for group development experiences is to create programs with lasting impact for profit and not-for-profit organizations, community groups, athletic teams, churches, youth groups, and school groups. In consultation with you, we design and deliver experiences that are conducive to helping groups and group members achieve their goals. We challenge, we motivate, we connect, and we accomplish results. Give us a call and tell us what you and your group need. We offer a range of options: 

Half day, full day, multi-day, and repeat (weekly, monthly, etc.) programs 
High static and dynamic challenge course elements
Tango Tower group event
Low challenge course elements
Initiative tasks
Canoeing, geo-teaming, climbing, orienteering, and kayaking
Residential experiences

Adventure-based outdoor activities are the tools we use to create experiential learning - learning about self, learning about others, learning subjects, learning how to accomplish important goals in our lives. Adventure-based outdoor activities, by their nature, require training about how, when, where, and why. Our technical training programs are for teachers, trainers, leaders, and professional outdoor educators who are interested in using adventure-based outdoor activities to work with others - or just because!   

The Outdoor Center at Georgia College is linked to our nationally recognized graduate and undergraduate outdoor education academic programs. We do technical training for a wide range of activities and leadership competencies for our students almost every day of the week. We extend these services to others because we know how important it is for the well-being of our profession and the public.  

Pursuing technical training with us means that you are being taught by our leaders or highly recognized vendors in the southeast region. It means we take care of our equipment, know our training sites, and have access to resources and people who will create a learning environment that will help you advance your skills, explore possibilities, and be prepared. Our training programs are competitively priced. We are educators, so we can help you learn to apply your skills to a range of contexts, groups, and locations. Our faculty and staff are practicing outdoor educators and professionals with decades of accumulated experience and qualifications.  

Examples of technical training we offer are: 

  • Leave No Trace Trainer Course
  • NOLS Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder
  • American Canoe Association flat water, white water, coastal kayaking, and swift water rescue
  • Landmark Learning Cave Leadership
  • Beginner and intermediate climbing
  • Challenge Course Management and Facilitation

Our leadership training programs are a blend of traditional and experiential education strategies that are taught by experienced facilitators. We teach, model, and discuss topics such as instructional techniques, facilitation strategies, program design, industry standards, and explore leadership models for a variety of contexts, clients, and environments.  Self-awareness is central to learning how to effectively lead others with confidence and enthusiasm. Our leadership training programs are designed to promote personal growth and professional development and we believe that the goal of leadership is to have a positive impact on others. You can come to us or we can come to your site.

Let us customize a leadership development program for your organization or watch for leadership training opportunities on our web site!


Outdoor Trips and Workshops for Students

The Outdoor Center, is committed to providing the Georgia College student body with fun opportunities to get connected to nature through adventure trips and outdoor activity-based workshops. Whether you're a nature novice, or an outdoor enthusiast, Student Adventures is an exciting way to get outdoors.

 


Contact Information:
​The Outdoor Center at Georgia College
Campus Box 125
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone 478-445-5186
outdoor@gcsu.edu