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Adventure Leadership

Recreational Sports facilities will reopen starting Monday, September 28, 2020.
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Our trips can take you anywhere: dogsledding in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, spelunking in North Carolina, backpacking the Grand Canyon, paddling the Huron River, and more. Whether you want to take off for a couple of hours, a day or a week, let us handle the details—like food, transportation, logistics, trip leaders, and outdoor equipment—while you take in the great outdoors.

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Interpretive Hike in the Arboretum
Aug 25, 2020

Date

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

About

Explore the beautiful Nichols Arboretum on a walk led by Recreational Sports Adventure Leadership Staff. Participants will learn more about local flora and fauna while engaging in fun and intentional activities to help foster community. Meet us at the Peony Garden entrance (1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) and please wear a mask.

Cost

Free

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Adaptive Slacklining
Sept 1, 2020

Date

Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 10:30am – 12:30pm

About

Is it a sport? An art? A balancing act? Let Adventure Leadership staff introduce you to slacklining –  a fun and safely socially distant outdoor activity – while learning more about the program’s offerings and connecting with other outdoor enthusiasts. Adaptive slacklining location TBD. Stay tuned.

Cost

Free

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Interpretive Hike in the Arboretum
Sept 2, 2020

Date

Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

About

Explore the beautiful Nichols Arboretum on a walk led by Recreational Sports Adventure Leadership Staff. Participants will learn more about local flora and fauna while engaging in fun and intentional activities to help foster community. Meet us at the Peony Garden entrance (1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) and please wear a mask.

Cost

Free

Register here!

New Moon Night Hike
Sept 16, 2020

Date

Wednesday, September 16, 8:30pm – 10:30pm

About

The best times to take a night hike are during a FULL MOON, when the night world is bathed in ethereal, faint white and grey, or the NEW MOON, when stars are most visible. Join us for a unique walk in the woods and fields of the Adventure Education Center. Face coverings are required.

Cost

$10

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Campus Bike Tour
Sept 19, 2020

Date

Saturday, September 19, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

About

See the sights of campus on two wheels! We’ll start and end at Adventure Leadership Rental Center located at 336 Hill St. Bring your own bike or use one of ours! Face coverings are required.

Cost

Free!

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Wild-Fi Connections

Join a virtually-guided adventure program, organized exclusively for your affinity group. Explore new outdoor pursuits, connect with fellow nature lovers, and commit to regularly getting outside (as safely as possible) wherever you are!

Groups will meet twice monthly over Zoom for an hour at a time throughout the semester, with asynchronous activity challenges between meetings.

Affinity Groups:

  •  First-Year Student Group
  • Graduate Student Group
  • LGBTQ+ Group
  • POC Group
  • Women’s Group

Interested in a group not listed here? Email us at advleadtrips@umich.edu

Cost: $25 per person; includes facilitation, instruction, and resources for public health-informed recreation opportunities

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First Ascent

First-year students are invited to register for these weekend, day trip adventures! Make friends with other first-year students and become more familiar with campus by participating in experiential, adventure-based activities. All programs are led by upper-level undergraduate or graduate students involved with the Adventure Leadership program. All gear is provided. Activities will include biking, kayaking, day hikes and more. No experience necessary!

First Ascent Trip Dates TBD

For questions, email advleadtrips@umich.edu or call (734) 764-3967.

Let us take your child’s summer to the next level! Adventure Leadership Camp is packed with opportunities for campers to cultivate wonder, build confidence and independence, and develop new relationships. Your camper will spend the week engaging in a variety of experiences—from climbing to kayaking—that will empower them and encourage exploration of the natural world around them. Our survival challenges, excursions, and high adventure activities (led by University of Michigan students participating in the Adventure Leadership Internship program) will inspire collaboration and creative problem solving, while allowing campers to practice resilience and enjoy all the outdoor excitement Ann Arbor has to offer.

Both day camp sessions take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Adventure Education Center at 1120 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Drop-off will occur at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up will end at 4:30 p.m.

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Adventure Leadership Camp

Open to campers ages 11 – 13. Space will be limited to the first 24 registered campers.

Cost: $295

Adventure Leadership Camp

Open to campers ages 11 – 13. Space will be limited to the first 24 registered campers.

Cost: $295

Adventure Leadership Camp – LGBTQQIA+

LGBTQQIA+ Adventure Leadership Exploration

Open to lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and allied (LGBTQQIA+) teens ages 14-17. LGBTQQIA+ Adventure Leadership Exploration is packed with opportunities for teens to cultivate community, build confidence and independence, and explore their identity in a safe and nurturing environment for LGBTQQIA+ teens. Teens will spend the week engaging in a variety of experiences—from climbing to kayaking—that will empower them and encourage exploration of the natural world around them. Our survival challenges, excursions, and high adventure activities (led by University of Michigan Master of Social Work Students and supervised by a licensed Social Worker) will inspire collaboration and develop leadership skills to empower their community.

Space will be limited to the first 24 registered campers.

Cost: $295

Ignite your passion for adventure! The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Michigan Theater, hosted by Adventure Leadership.  Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks.

2020 Film Festival Postponed

The film festival has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, check out these FREE film selections from past Banff Centre Mountain Film Festivals. You can feel like you’re whitewater kayaking through the Rio Apurimac from your couch!

 


Become an Intern

For Interested Candidates

Adventure Leadership is an outdoor, activity-based, experiential learning and leadership development program. You will facilitate team building programs and can choose to guide trips, providing participants opportunities to explore leadership, organizational behavior, group development, and the environment using adventure education practices and outdoor recreation principles. As an intern, you will learn to design and deliver custom experiential programs for students, educators, corporate groups, nonprofit organizations, and beyond using experiential tools which can include ground initiatives, low ropes course elements, high ropes course elements, and a climbing tower. Interested interns can also learn how to create community by leading day, weekend, or week-long trips. Past trips have included dog sledding in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, backpacking along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and paddling the Huron River. Upon acceptance of the internship, training will be provided. In addition to hands-on experiences, you will design and complete a project of your own that takes into account your unique strengths, passions, and ambitions. No matter what your career aspirations may be, the skills and experience gained during this internship will be powerful and highly valued in all areas of your life, personal or professional.

Winter 2021 internship hiring, training and employment timeline will be posted at the end of Fall 2020.

 


Policies

Trip Refunds

Refunds for Adventure Leadership trips are given only for the following circumstances:

  1. You can find someone to take your place on the trip.
  2. You have a documented medical emergency and must cancel.
  3. There is an active wait list for the trip and we are able to fill your spot.
  4. You are cancelling at least 3 weeks prior to the trip. For Spring Break and First Ascent Trips, at least 4 weeks prior is required.

Specific Trip Policies

Each trip follows a different set of policies and guidelines. We typically cover this information in our mandatory pre-trip meetings. These meetings are held a few days before your trip; if you have questions at any time, contact us.

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