An Outdoor State of Mind | St. Lawrence University First-Year Program

An Outdoor State of Mind

*All FYP members of this college will attend a St. Lawrence University pre-orientation trip in August; two full weekend wilderness trips over the semester. No outdoor experience is necessary, but a desire to be active in the outdoors for extended periods of time, to go camping, and to challenge one's self is required.*

Why do many of us seek out the natural world as a place to play, experience adventure, relieve stress, and rest our minds?  What is it about spending time and engaging in physical activity in the outdoors that seems to attract and heal many of us? In this course, we will explore different ways to experience the outdoors, through hands-on experience, reading, and reflection. 

As part of our inquiry, we will critically examine our own experiences in nature, and practice basic skills needed for safe and responsible recreation in nature. Prior experience with outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, and paddling are not required; anyone with an interest in the outdoors, and a willingness to safely step outside their comfort zone, will do well in this college. Students will spend time in outdoor activities on a regular basis while the weather permits. This course fulfills the FYP general education requirement.

All FYP members of this FYP course will attend a St. Lawrence University pre-orientation trip (Wed., 8/22/18 arrival on campus; trip 8/23-8/26); a spot is automatically held for students enrolled in this FYP.  A surcharge of $375 applies to all students enrolled in this FYP.  When enrolled, a detailed letter outlining requirements of the trip (equipment needs; clothing; schedule, etc.) will be sent to you via your SLU email.  Please contact the Student Activities office at 315.229.5757 with any questions regarding pre-Orientation trips.  Additionally, two overnight weekend trips (no extra cost) are also scheduled; students should plan on attending both of the weekend trips. If you will be playing in a sport [such as football], practices and games conflict with this FYP course.

If you are seriously interested in this course please complete the North Country pre-trip application form for the Adirondack Adventure pre-trip, and select this course (An Outdoor State of Mind) as one of your course choices on the First Year Program College Preference Form. Both forms are on the New Laurentian Guide Forms webpage.

NOTE: Schedules for Fall sports and International Student Orientation conflict with pre-orientation trips. Otherwise, any incoming student, of any skill level, is eligible to participate.

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