Outdoor Experience Training

    • Fri, November 15, 2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • Sun, November 17, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Whitewater Preserve Palm Springs


    Hike Leader - Morning 4 hrs
    Trip LeaderAfternoon 4 hrs

      You may attend either one or both.

      Full Weekend Schedule:

      Friday Nov 14 2 pm - Optional - Fun hike at Whitewater Preserve.  This is a welcome hike for attendees at the hike/trip leader training this weekend. We will discuss and demonstrate The Ten Essentials and safety on the trail.  

      Saturday Nov 16  8-5 - Training class at the Preserve Administrative Building.

      • 8 am - 12 pm  Hike Leader Training
      • 1 pm - 5 pm Trip Leader Training

      Sunday Nov 17  8:30 am - 11 am - Training hike at the Preserve where participants will be confronted with a variety of situations that one may encounter on the trail.

      Registration: You may request printed manual(s) be mailed to your during registration process, ($25 each). You will be refunded upon check in at the training.


      8am - 12 pm

      Be a Hike Leader!  Not just someone who knows the way, but someone who applies safety, best practices, fun, and local knowledge to make a successful outing. In addition to the course outline we will discuss any issues with past hikes and plan for future hikes. We will review basic hike leader procedures and techniques and latest technology and information.  Completing this course will provide participants with Day Hike Leader Certification. Also a good refresher for hike leaders.

      Hike Leader Syllabus

      Prerequisites: Great Outdoors member (click here to join). The course is  for anyone interested in becoming a hiker leader, learning more about leading effective hikes, or becoming a more confident and capable hiker.

      This Hike Leader Certification course is for hikers who are interested in learning new skills as well as experienced hike leaders  who are looking to update or refresh their outdoor leadership skills. It is suitable for all ranges of hiker abilities, from novice up to very experienced hikers.

      Objectives: Introduce participants to the skills, knowledge and attitudes of a trained hike leader, including appropriate risk management for day hikes. Present skills for leading a safe, environmentally responsible and enjoyable hike.

      Content/Topics Covered:  Hike planning, description, screening participants, trail group management, emergency management, medical issues on the trail, map reading and navigation, outdoor techniques, environmental protection, and problem solving techniques and scenarios.

      Course Format: The training includes in person instruction with group discussion and problem solving  applications and trail-based scenarios.

      Pre-Course Assignment:  Review training manuals and video:

      Link to Training Resources: Click Here

      How to Lead a Hike: Video: Click Here

      Printed manuals will be available at the training location. 

      Option have manual(s) mailed to you upon registration. Registration fee is fully refundable upon check in.

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       1pm - 5 pm

      One of the premier features of Great Outdoors is overnight trips. As a leader you will propose, research and design overnight trips. You will manage and administer the trip using leadership and group management skills. Completing this course will provide participants with Trip Leadership Certification.

      Course Outline:

      • Create a new trip or update a former trip.

      • Planning, scouting, securing reservations.

      • Finances and budget.

      • Create a trip description and promotion.

      • Secure all logistics including any permits, and support staff as necessary.

      • Communicate with participants to provide information and answer questions.

      • Conducting your trip, safety issues, group management issues - preventing and solving.

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      Location: Whitewater Preserve

      Course Length/Hours: 4 hours.

      Schedule: Start at 8:00 am and go to 5 pm with a lunch break.  Coffee, tea, water provided. Bring a mug for hot drinks.

      What to bring:  Lunch, water bottle, mug for hot drinks. If you are taking the Hike Leader course bring day pack with your 10 essentials. If you are tent camping, bring food, camp gear, warm clothing, etc.

      Weather: Average High 78, Low 54   NOAA spot forecast: click here

      Facilities:  Whitewater Preserve located in a beautiful canyon along the Whitewater river and part of the Sand to Snow National Monument. We will be in the visitor center back room with tables, chairs, TV monitor and restrooms. Trailheads located onsite. No cell service or Wi-Fi. No cell service or internet. Guests can receive cell service 3.5 miles south of the preserve on Whitewater Canyon Road.

      Carpooling Encouraged: Limited parking spaces available. 

      Overnight Accommodations:

      Camping (free) available on site at Whitewater Preserve: Click Here for details and to reserve a spot.  You can let us know you are camping when you register here for the training. Tent camping and small RV or  trailer allowed if they will fit in the 20' parking spaces in the parking lot (you may take 2 spaces, one for your vehicle and one for you trailer) Restrooms, water, tables available. No fires of any kind. Only gas or propane for cooking. There are no trash containers -pack it out, no hookups and generators are prohibited. Arrive before 4:30 pm since the gates lock at 5 pm.  Overnight campers will be provided the combination to the gate lock for after hours access. No alcohol or smoking. Photos of the camp area click here. 

      Hotel/motel/RV accommodations located in the Palm Springs area which is approximately 30-40 minute drive to Whitewater Preserve training site.

      Nearby KOA Desert Hot Springs has both tent and RV sites with hot water springs and nice facilities.

      Address: Whitewater Preserve lies at the end of Whitewater Canyon Road, northwest of Palm Springs, off Interstate 10.

      9160 Whitewater Canyon Road
      Whitewater, California
      GPS: 33.989075, -116.655673 (N33° 59.367' W116° 39.416')
      Elevation: 2200'       Get Directions


      Course Preparation: We will send you a link to the Outdoor Experience Training Manuals. You are encouraged to review the material ahead of time. 

      Link to Training Resources: Click Here

      Suggested Reading:
      1. Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter, & GPS. Bob Burns, Mike Burns
      2. The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide Mark Harvey
      3. How to Lead a Hike by the Sierra Club  15 min. video click here

    Past Trainings

    Wed, April 03, 2024 SD - Presentation - Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Topics
    Tue, March 05, 2024 PS - Hiking 101
    Fri, February 23, 2024 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Hike Leader - Trip Leader - Event Mgmt. Training
    Sat, January 27, 2024 PS -Training: First Aid/CPR/AED
    Sun, December 31, 2023 GOCORP- Hike Leader Manual
    Wed, December 13, 2023 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting 12/13
    Fri, October 20, 2023 PS/CORP - 45th All Chapter Campout and Conference - Lake Perris
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    Sun, February 26, 2023 CORP - Website Event Creating and Posting 12/22
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    Tue, April 13, 2021 PS - Hike Leader Update meeting
    Wed, April 07, 2021 CORP - Reopening Plan Review
    Sat, March 27, 2021 CORP - Training - Trip Leader - Outdoors Experience
    Wed, March 10, 2021 CORP - Training - Covid Protocols Event Leader
    Tue, March 09, 2021 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Sat, January 30, 2021 CORP - Online Training - Outdoor Experiences
    Tue, January 19, 2021 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
    Thu, November 19, 2020 CORP - Outdoors Experience - Committee Meeting
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