Outdoor Experiential Education Excursions-SUNY at Buffalo-Joseph Allen

Outdoor Experiential Educational Excursions



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These programs are designed for adventurous students and adults who are outdoor enthusiasts and are offered through various agencies


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Wilderness Education Orientation 

***No one returns untouched by the sheer power of the wilderness experience; the strength of a wilderness experience, as with all sound outdoor educational pursuits, lies in the blending of recreation, social interaction, and academic and inspirational learning.  Curiosity, wonder, and appreciation become major stimulants for learning, while the lessons are played out in the ever-changing form and patterns of the cosmos.

***Premiums are placed on working together, getting one another through the journey; personal attributes, such as self-reliance, cooperation, self-motivation and perseverance are encouraged.  All are virtues necessary to fulfilling the role as a citizen of the world.

***The aim of this program is to encourage broad and thorough exposure to and appreciation for the nature of diverse and complex ecosystems.

***The purpose of the outdoor action portion of this course is to develop a capacity for leadership, to build character, to heighten sensitivity to the beauty of nature, to challenge one’s endurance with rigorous exercise and to encourage teamwork and build trust in one’s fellow students through wilderness experience.



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From the Office of Student Life and Office of Outdoor Pursuits:

Alaskan Sampler-2016

May 2016-under construction-See May 2015 trip here

Contact:   Russ Crispell     716-841-5406     crispell@buffalo.edu         



From Earth Spirit Educational Services:

Megafauna and Predation

Yellowstone National Park

July 2016

Contact:  Joseph Allen   716-228-9510    jcallen@buffalo.edu or bluegrassguitar@gmail.com 

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 From the College of Arts and Sciences, SUNY at Buffalo, Interdisciplinary Degree Programs, Environmental Studies:

Ecology of Unique Environments-Yellowstone National Park

SSC 493-3 Credit Hours

Contact:  Tim DePriest       ttdeprie@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Specific 2016 Dates and Information To Be Announced Soon-Under Construction

See 2014 Class Syllabus Here

Summer 2016

Past Participant Reviews and Testimonials



Trip Leaders



Russ Crispell, Director of Outdoor Pursuits at the University at Buffalo, has a wealth of outdoor adventure experience, including 16 previous trips to Alaska. A New York State licensed guide in camping, fishing, hiking, flat-water canoeing and whitewater rafting.  Russ has been trained as a Wilderness First Responder, a Wilderness First Aid Instructor, and an instructor for the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association and the National Safety Council. He has served as Past-President of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education and has presented on Outdoor Education and Adventure at various international conferences.  He is the author of “Timothy and Me”, a children’s story about Alaska Wolves. He has over 35 years of outdoor educational experiences.


Joseph Allen-has been a lecturer at the University at Buffalo for twenty-two years in the Environmental Studies Program having taught several courses including Introduction to Environmental Problems, Wilderness, Wildlife and Wildlands Management and Ecology of Unique Environments-Yellowstone National Park and Wind River Range, Wyoming. Although "retired" from UB, he continues to teach outdoor experiential courses and lead excursions in the western US including Megafauna and Predation in Yellowstone Park and Alaskan Sampler-2015.  He has previously guided and taught numerous outdoor field courses in the desert southwest and Rockies including the Snowy Range, WY, the San Juan Range, CO, the Wind River Range, WY, the Black Hills, SD, Grand Canyon NP, AZ, Grand Teton NP, WY and many other wilderness areas. His major academic interests involve wilderness preservation and rewilding, environmental ethics, predators and ecosystem recovery. He has over 35 years of outdoor educational experiences.


Tim DePriest-Currently, I am employed by New York Department of Environmental Conservation as an Ecologist working on habitat conservation and restoration in the Niagara River system. Prior to my work with DEC, I spent a year as part of a research team investigating ecosystem-level role of wildlife in grassland ecology of Yellowstone, where I gained a lifelong appreciation for the Park. My teaching experience includes lead instructor on the 2014 Yellowstone Course (SSC 491, Ecology of Unique Environments), and Wildlife and Wildlands Management (SSC 441) for the past five years. I have also taught courses in Wilderness Survival and Primitive Living Skills and Wilderness Backpacking for Cornell Outdoor Education, one of the leading collegiate outdoor programs in the US.




Participant Reviews and Testimonials

Contact Information

As our programs develop, new items will be added to this site.  Here is our contact information if you have any questions:

For Alaska Trips, contact:

Russ Crispell        716-841-5406        crispell@buffalo.edu         


For Yellowstone National Park and Wind River Trips, contact:


 Joseph Allen     716-228-9510        jcallen@buffalo.edu or bluegrassguitar@gmail.com 

For Ecology of Unique Environments Course, SSC 493, contact:



Tim DePriest   ttdeprie@gw.dec.state.ny.us





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Links to Courses Formerly Taught by Joseph Allen





PHOTOS OF WIND RIVER TRIPS FROM 2001, 2003,2008 & 2010





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From Spring 2015


Alaskan Sampler May 18-27, 2015   TRIP IS SOLD OUT!!




Alaskan Sampler 2015 Photos