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The foremost task of education is to insure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial, and above all, compassion.
— Kurt Hahn,
co-founder, Outward Bound
OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP STUDIES (OLST) Minor uses outdoor experiential and adventure-based opportunities to develop environmental literacy and self-leadership. This interdisciplinary minor draws heavily on the natural sciences and uses WNMU's proximity to the world's first Wilderness area, the Gila (pronounced "hee-la"), to introduce students to the importance of place.

Environmental studies foster an understanding of the earth's natural systems and the human role within those systems, while adventure education places strong emphasis on outdoor skills and group dynamics. The OLST Minor bridges environmental studies and adventure education, exploring the rapidly developing interface between these two fields. Students develop strong leadership skills for successful pursuit of post-graduate studies or immediate entry into a growing "green" workforce.
CLASSES. Classes for the OLST Minor are offered through the Department of Natural Sciences. Class Information & Instructions.
TRIPS. Trip destinations offer outdoor adventures for students over 18, faculty, staff and WILL members. Outdoor Program Trip info.
RESOURCES. Resource Information and Equipment Rental help in preparation for Outdoor Program Trips, or for your personal excursions into the wilderness.