Outdoor Experiential Education Excursions-SUNY at Buffalo-Joseph Allen

Outdoor Experiential Educational Excursions

Offered Through the Office of Outdoor Pursuits

Office of Student Life

SUNY at Buffalo        

 

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These programs are designed for adventurous students and adults who are outdoor enthusiasts.

 

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.

 

 

Ongoing Excursions-Click on the links below to explore these educational trips

 

 

Winter & Spring 2015

 

Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park January 11-18, 2015

 

 

 

Alaskan Sampler

May 18-27, 2015

 

 

 

Proposed Excursions-Pending Approval

 

Summer 2015

 

Backpacking, Fly Fishing And Field Studies Along the Continental Divide, Wind River Range, Wyoming  July 23-August 2, 2015

 

Fall 2015

 

Megafauna and Predation in Yellowstone National Park, Montana 

September 12-21,  2015

 

 

 

Algonquin Adventure  TBA

 

 

Adirondack Canoe Camping Adventure   TBA

 

 

Geology and Natural History of Yellowstone National Park   Summer 2016

 

 

Winter Backpacking in Allegheny  TBA

 

 

Costa Rica  TBA

 

Trip Leaders

Russ Crispell, Director of Outdoor Pursuits at the University at Buffalo, has a wealth of outdoor adventure experience, including 15 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.

 

 

 

 

   

              

Joseph Allen-has been a lecturer at the University at Buffalo for twenty 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 last summer's course, Megafauna and Predation in Yellowstone Park.  He has previously guided and taught numerous outdoor field courses in the desert southwest and Rockies including the Snowy Range, the San Juan Range, the Wind River Range, the Black Hills, Grand Canyon NP, Grand Teton NP, and many other wilderness areas. His major academic interests involve wilderness preservation and rewilding, environmental ethics, predators and ecosystem recovery.

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information:

As these programs develop, new items will be added to this site.  In the interim, here is our contact information if you have any questions:

Joseph Allen           

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

 

Russ Crispell          

716-841-5406        crispell@buffalo.edu

 

Links To Courses Formerly Taught by Joseph Allen

MEGAFAUNA AND PREDATION IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK-2014

SSC 419 WILDERNESS

SSC 441 WILDLIFE AND WILDLANDS MANAGEMENT

SSC 493 ECOLOGY OF UNIQUE ENVIRONMENTS-WIND RIVER RANGE 2010  

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

SSC 493 ECOLOGY OF UNIQUE ENVIRONMENTS-YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - 2012

SSC 118 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS

 

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