Michigan Outdoor Leadership Education Series (MOLES)

Have you found yourself wishing to explore Michigan’s beautiful landscapes, but find the idea of “outdoorsiness” to be a little daunting? Let Adventure Leadership show you the way!

The Michigan Outdoor Leadership Education Series (MOLES) will empower you with the skills and confidence needed to take the next step in your outdoors journey. Our workshop leaders will be your guides, facilitating experiences that will feed your enthusiasm for exploration, while also sharing a more authentic story of the public lands upon which we recreate.

We will take care of the gear — all you have to do is show up, ready to engage. No prior experience is needed. You can start as a complete beginner, or build on the skills you already have. Each workshop will focus on key outdoor competencies, such as navigation, how to pack a backpack, campsite cooking, and Leave No Trace principles.

If you have dreams of backpacking over the summer, or simply sleeping outdoors successfully for the first time, this is the opportunity for you to prepare for whatever adventure you seek next.

Workshop sessions will take place on Fridays from 4 – 7pm following Spring Break. Please bring a water bottle and wear shoes and clothes you are comfortable with walking in and getting a little dirty. Feel free to bring along something with which to take notes (notebook, laptop, phone).







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Adventure Leadership Rental Center, 613 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

This lesson will give participants an overview of the structure of MOLES. Participants will explore various ways of interacting with land, be introduced to different land perspectives, and identify their own connections to nature. Additionally, this session will cover the necessities for planning a day outdoors, including finding local nature spaces and Leave No Trace principles. Participants will learn about different types of Public Lands in the US and some diverse voices that have contributed to their history.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the structure and goals of MOLES.
  2. Participants will be able to explain various land perspectives and ways of interacting with land, and begin to develop their own.
  3. Participants will be able to explain the various types of public lands as well as the history of the land Ann Arbor is on.
  4. Participants will be able to list the 7 principles of Leave No Trace and explain its purpose and importance.
  5. Participants will feel confident planning a day spent outdoors in the Ann Arbor area.
  6. Participants will feel confident explaining the diverse voices that contributed to the existence of public lands today, as well as those that interact with public lands today.

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Adventure Education Center, 1120 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

This lesson covers the items needed for an overnight outdoors and how to use them. Participants will gain practical experience using camping equipment and setting up camp. Discussion will include creating a safe and comfortable environment while spending a night outside.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to list items needed for an overnight in the outdoors.
  2. Participants will feel confident in setting up camp as safely as possible and in an informed way.
  3. Participants will feel confident in their safety and comfortability camping outdoors.

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Adventure Education Center, 1120 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

This lesson contains everything needed to cook a meal outdoors. Participants will learn to operate camp stoves, cook a meal outdoors, and clean up after eating outdoors. Participants will explore the importance of nutrient dense food while engaging in outdoor physical activities.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will feel confident operating at least one type of camp stove.
  2. Participants will be able to explain the items needed to cook outdoors (food, utensils, stove).
  3. Participants will cook a meal outdoors as a group.
  4. Participants will understand the importance of nutrient-dense food and constant re-fueling while engaging in outdoor physical activity.

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Adventure Leadership Rental Center, 613 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

This lesson covers the importance and process of risk prevention strategies, as well as treatment for common ailments when spending time outdoors, from blisters to insect bites. Participants will gain experience evaluating situations for possible risks, their likelihood, and their severity. Discussion will include strategies for physical and mental well-being in the outdoors.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to explain the value and process of various risk prevention techniques.
  2. Participants will feel prepared to treat common trail-ments in the outdoors.
  3. Participants will feel confident evaluating situations for possible risks, while considering their likelihood and severity.

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Adventure Leadership Rental Center, 613 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

This lesson will cover everything participants need to know to embark on a multi-day trip. Participants will gain experience using various methods of navigation in the outdoors, as well as understand what gear is needed for a longer trip and where to get it. Participants will practice fitting and packing a backpacking backpack with everything needed for a multi-day trip. Participants will learn the components of planning a trip, and practice planning their own multi-day trip.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will feel confident using several methods of navigation in the outdoors.
  2. Participants will be able to explain the necessary steps of planning various types of multi-day trips.
  3. Participants will feel confident planning their own multi-day trip.
  4. Participants will be able to identify the gear needed for a multi-day trip and how to acquire it.
  5. Participants will be able to explain how to fit and pack a backpacking backpack.

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Adventure Education Center, 1120 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

For our final MOLES meeting we will head to our Adventure Education Center for "night" hiking and ziplining! This session will give participants an opportunity to demonstrate leadership and outdoors skills developed over the semester, as well as introduce strategies for creating a safe, inclusive, and fun group environment when spending time outdoors.

Objectives:

  1. Apply the skills learned over the workshop series.
  2. Understand Adventure Leadership's application of the Challenge By Choice philosophy.
  3. Try an activity that is new to the individual participant.

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Michigan Outdoor Leadership Education Series (MOLES)
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