As you work your way through the course offerings within the ALI™, you will work towards fulfilling the requirements for various certificate levels. The theory behind the certificates is that as you progress through each level, you will take classes that help you become both competent with the technical skills involved as well as learn to be a leader in experiential education and outdoor recreation.
There are two certificates that a student in the ALI can participate:
Below is information related to both tracks. Hover over the images to find interactive content related to each certificate.
The Level one certificate is an introduction to the ALI program and serves to create a foundation that subsequent classes will build upon. The courses to complete a level one certificate are experience based and will serve to introduce the skills and theory behind later course offerings.
The Level two certificate is less based on activity courses and includes more theoretical and academic components. In order to complete a Level two certificate you will be required to gain documented leadership experience through assisting in the delivery of field experiences and activity courses.
Those who complete the level three certificate will deliver the material for some of the activity courses, while under supervision of the program advisor. The program advisor will work with you each week to ensure that the content and delivery of materials for activity courses is appropriate for the course. While working towards the completion of the level three certificate, you will also be responsible for leading and documenting field experience.
After you move through the various levels of the certificate, you will be left with clear documentation as to your experiences and certifications in adventure leadership. As well, depending on what level you have achieved, it is possible that you have earned professional level certifications in your area of focus and wilderness medicine.
The Conservation Leadership Certificate (CLC) is comprised of a series of field-based classes that prepare students to become leaders in backcountry environments and front-country conservation efforts. At the heart of the CLC curriculum are three multi-disciplinary courses that meld freshwater ecology, creative and critical environment writings, and fly fishing.
The first course is focused on trout and their habitats and is designed to rapidly introduce students to current and historical conversations associated with sport fishing.
The second is focused on steelhead and their spawning grounds and asks students to begin to participate in the ecological conversations they learned about in course one.
The third course translates the academic work of the first two courses into non-academic public and private spheres through an internship with a concentration in research, advocacy, or restoration. Internship partners include Trout Unlimited, the Institute for Applied Ecology, the USGS, and many others.