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Education & Graduate Portfolio Lauren Kent Introduction Self
Evaluation Memberships & Conferences Certifications Experience National Outdoor Leadership School Recommendations
& Appreciations My name is Lauren Kent and I have been working as a professional in the outdoor recreation and education field since 2001.

I hold a Bachelor's of Science in Parks and Recreation Management and expect to complete my MS.Ed. in Outdoor Education in December 2012.

My technical skillset includes training and certifications in:
Ropes course facilitation and management
Rock climbing
Backpacking
Leave No Trace
Whitewater raft/kayak/canoe/swiftwater rescue
Canyoneering

I also hold experience in office management, program administration, staff management and training, and curriculum and program development.

Currently, I am employed as a contract expedition instructor for various colleges and non-profit organizations , including the two leading expedition education companies worldwide,the National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound. Personal Philosophy Outward Bound Union College Southern Adventist University Peak Adventure Ministries North Country Community College Marketing and Program Development Field Instruction and Staff Training Environmental Education Adventure Education Corporate Programming 36 Day River Instructor
Course

Desolation Canyon

River Transference
Curriculum 80 Day Rocky Mountain Semester Spring 2010

Desolation Canyon, UT

Teaching geology and
fossification at the
Turtle Endocast. 36 River Instructor
April-May 2009

Yampa River, UT

Risk Management
and Safety
Curriculum 80 day Rocky Mountain Summer Semester 2012

Desolation Canyon, UT

Non-native and Invasive
Species Curriculum 10 Day Paddler's Hiking Seminar
June 2010

North Cascades, WA

Navigation Curriculum
- Map and compass
- Off-trail/Backcountry navigation
- GPS
- UTM and SAR
80 Day Rocky Mountain Spring Semester 2011

Whirlpool Canyon, UT

Whitewater Kayak Curriculum and Instruction 80 Day Rocky Mountain
Summer Semester 2011

Lodore Canyon, UT

Swift-water Rescue
(Practical Application) 80 Day Rocky Mountain
Spring Semester 2012

Desolation Canyon, UT

Cultural and Human
History Curriculum 36 Day River Instructor
April - May 2009

Lodore Canyon, CO

River Hydrology and Risk
Management Curriculum 10 Day Paddler's Hiking
Seminar June 2010

North Cascades, WA

Group Development and
Leadership Curriculum Since 2009, backcountry field instructor and program leader for expedition river (class II-IV raft/kayak/canoe) and backpacking courses for ages 18-52 ranging from 18-36 days long.

Course Areas Include:
Green River, UT: Desolation & Grey Canyon
Green River, CO: Lodore Canyon
Yampa River, CO
North Cascades, WA Saranac Lake, New York 2011 and 2012 Lead Instructor for 30 day expedition practicum for college students completing the Wilderness Recreation Leadership degree. Course Areas:
St. Regis Wilderness Canoe Area
Eastern High Peaks Wilderness 30 Day Practicum
September 2012

Adirondack Curriculum
- Glaciology
- Topography
- Geology
- Human History
- Park Formation Collegedale, Tennessee

Master's of Education
Outdoor Education
Expected to graduate December of 2012 Cullowhee, North Carolina

Bachelor's of Science
Parks and Recreation Management Graduated Summa Cum Laude in August of 2007 As an I desire to....

Teach to individuals, assessing and teaching to multiple intelligences (H. Gardner).

Instill a and/or appreciation for the surrounding environment(s), educating students on biological interdependence and .

Provide a safe learning environment (physically and mentally), promoting a
where students feel safe and free to express themselves or their concerns.

students to go beyond their personal comfort zone, utilizing the "choose your challenge" model over the industry accepted "C.B.C." model. This will require students to take personal initiative and responsibility for themselves and their learning.

Expand students understanding of biological, cultural, and social , exposing them to
new ideas and experiences in an environment of .

Provide that are applicable, connecting ideas and experiences to real-life through meaningful activities or debriefs. Lander, Wyoming 30 Day Practicum
September 2012

Leadership Curriculum
- Leadership Styles
- Communication
- Decision Making
- Feedback
- Conflict Resolution 30 Day Practicum

River Crossing and Safety Curriculum
- Dry vs. Wet Crossings
- Under Load/Pack
- 1,2,3, & 4+ Person
- Foot Entrapment
- Setting Safety
- Tyrolean Traverse 30 Day Practicum
September 2011

Total Food Planning
and Rations Curriculum
- Nutrition
- Menu Planning
- Ration System
- Packaging
- Stove Use & Safety
- Baking
- Kitchen Hygeine
- Food Storage 30 Day Practicum
September 2012

Daily Group Fitness
- 30 Minutes Stretch/Yoga
- 50 Push-ups
- 10 Minute No-stop Abs

* Meant to encourage personal health, but also ability to lead/rescue others. 30 Day Practicum
September 2012

River Hydrology
Curriculum
- Hydrology
- Scouting
- Setting Safety
- Hazards Analysis
- Rescue Methods 30 Day Practicum
September 2012

High Peak Ascents
- Mt. Skylight (4,926')
- Mt. Whiteface (4,867')
- Mt. Seward (4,361')
- Mt. Marshall (4,360')
- Mt. Esther (4,240') 30 Day Practicum
September 2012

Educator Training
- Students mentored to prepare and teach hard and soft skills to peers

*Student teaching Wildflower Curriculum 30 Day Practicum
September 2012

Small group size increased instructor mentorship and coaching. 30 Day Practicum
September 2012

Teaching Navigation
Curriculum
- Maps
- Compass
- GPS
- Off Trail Navigation
- Time Control Plans 30 Day Practicum
September 2012

Flatwater Canoe
Curriculum
- Parts and Pieces
- History & Technology
- Portaging
- Strokes
- Maneuvers
- Technical Water
- Safety & Rescue 30 Day Practicum
September 2011

Educator Training
- Students mentored
to prepare and teach
hard and soft skills to
peers

*Student teaching
Wilderness Survival
Curriculum Since 2010, backcountry field instructor for expedition river (class II-IV raft/kayak/canoe) and canyoneering courses for ages 13- adult ranging from 8-27 days long. Also, employed as ropes course facilitator at OB Omaha Urban Center.

Course Areas Include:
Green River, UT: Desolation, Grey, Labyrinth, &
Cataract Canyons
Green River, CO: Lodore Canyon
Multiple Canyoneering Locations, UT Moab, Utah
Omaha, Nebraska 1 Day Ropes Course Program

Creighton College

Freshmen Orientation Program

- Icebreakers
- Group Games
- Initiatives
- Team Low Ropes Course
- Team High Ropes Course 18 Day Rafting and Canyoneering Course for ages 16 -18

Technical Canyon Skills
- Spotting
- Slick Rock School
- Hand Lines
- Lowering
- Rappelling 18 Day Rafting and
Canoeing Course for
Ages 13-15

Group Processing
- Individual Feedback &
Mentorship
- Leadership Curriculum
- Inclusion & Diversity
Curriculum
- Teamwork & community
development 18 Day Rafting and Canyoneering Course for ages 16-18

Backpacking
Technical Canyoneering
Whitewater Rafting
Service Project
Group Challenge Event 21 Day Rafting and Canyoneering Course for ages 16-18, Summer 2011

Environmental Stewardship
Curriculum
- Leave No Trace
- NPS Service Project
- Weed Warriors
- Ecology and Human History
Curriculum 21 Day Rafting and Canyoneering Course for ages16-18, Summer 2011

Character Development
- Self confidence
- Self initiative
- Personal challenge
- Self, peer, & designated
leadership
- Community investment 18 Day Rafting and
Canyoneering Course
for ages 16-18, Summer 2011

Solo is an opportunity
for students to spend
time (a few hours or up to
3 days) alone in the
wilderness with few
distractions; allowing
reflection of past, current,
and future experiences. 21 Day Rafting and Canyoneering Course for ages 16-18, Summer 2012

Challenge is an integral part of Outward Bound and is incorporated throughout our programs. Personal Challenge Events (PCE's) are common, but sometimes instructors get a little creative and create Group Challenge Events (GCE's)! 1 Day Ropes Course Program

Millard North High School

Mustang Mentors Program

- Icebreakers
- Group Games
- Initiatives
- Team Low Ropes Course
- Team High Ropes Course Since 2011, employed as Assistant Program Coordinator to plan, prepare, and lead off-campus programs including:

35 Day Technical Rescue Training in Norwood, Colorado (June 2012)




90 Day Medical Immersion Semester in
Nicaragua (Spring 2011, 2012, & 2013) Lincoln, Nebraska Resume 18 Day Rafting and
Canyoneering Course
for ages 16-18

Outward Bound's
National Safety Director, Mark Vermeal, assessed our course for adherence to safety policies and practices, but managed to have some fun while in the field with us! Boston, MA October 2011

Attended personally to increase my knowledge and understanding of wilderness risk management and program safety. Las Vegas, NV January 2009

Attended as a softgoods buyer
for Ski Broker, a 4 store ski
and snowboard rentals and sales store, located in Winter Park, CO. Attended as a representative of the Colorado Outward Bound School to recruit interns and employees for the 2012/2013 season. Atlanta, GA February 2010

Attended as the ropes course manager for Southern Adventist University. Madison, WI November 2012 30 Day Practicum
September 2011

Bulk Food Rations
- Nutrition
- Planning &
Prepping/Packing
- Stove use
- Kitchen sanitation
& hygiene
- Cooking w/ fire 30 Day Practicum
September 2012

Backpacking Curriculum
- Pack packing
- Tent & tarp shelters
- Wilderness First
Responder scenarios
- Rescue/Emergency
scenarios 30 Day Practicum
September 2012

Adirondack Education
- Geology
- Geography
- History
- Flora & fauna
- Weather & Climate
- Land management Lead instructor for 7 day wilderness programs for girls ages 9-18 in:
- Whitewater kayaking
- Caving
- Backpacking
- Horseback riding
-Wilderness classrooms for homeschool students

Trained and managed female staff and interns - Assisted in the original business plan and
proposal process

- Created marketing & promotional materials

- Designed programs & educational curriculum

- Scheduled all organizational programs and staff

- Participated in the marketing of programs &
campaigns to participants & contributors 1/2 Day Environmental Education Program: Insects

Spalding Elementary Kindergarten Classes

- Led a team of 3 staff to provide insect curriculum and activities that met guidelines for TN state teaching objectives 12 Day Florida Canoe Trip,
March 2006

Southern Adventist University
Open Enrollment

Led 12 day, 120 mile canoe trip down the Santa Fe, Suwannee, and into the Gulf of Mexico with 26 students. Students fulfilled 3 hours of college credit and were
exposed to many of the natural and wild experiences Florida has to offer. Outdoor Educator Challenge diversity positive learning environment respect environmental sustainability transference inclusion individual needs Designed, coordinated, and facilitated custom adventure programs for off-
campus organizations and corporations.
- City of Chattanooga: Southern 6 Race
- Volkswagon: Teambuilding Boat Build
- Benchmark Physical Therapy: Teambuilding and Ropes Course
- McKee Corporation: Ropes Course Designed, coordinated, and facilitated custom adventure programs for Southern Adventist University and off-campus organizations.
- City of Chattanooga: Southern 6 Race
- Southern Adventist University: ReCharge, Southern Connections, Nursing, Granite
Girls, Freshman Orientation, Psychology, Student Life, Outdoor Leadership, Dusk
'Til Dawn, etc.
- Collegedale Academy: Adventure Race
- Grace Academy: Adventure Race Coordinated and facilitated environmental education programs for Southern Adventist University and off-campus organizations.
- Spalding Elementary: Kindergarten - 5th grade E.E. curriculum
- Southern Adventist University: 110 mile Canoe Trip 1 Day Volkswagen Corporate Team-building Program

Designed, coordinated, and oversaw all aspects of providing a team-building activity during a Volkswagen corporate retreat. hands-on experiences Mentored student leaders for Granite Girls, a womens recreational and spiritual small group program. Managed all Southern Adventist University Ropes Course programs. Coordinated off-campus adventure programs, including whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River. Curriculum development submitted to Outward Bound and NOLS river program curriculum libraries. Proctor a NOLS or Outward Bound semester expedition, by requesting the contract for either the Summer or Fall semester of 2013. This will increase my ability to form longer relationships with students, which will aide in my development as a mentor and coach. This will also greatly improve my skills in group management.

Assume a Course Director role at the Colorado Outward Bound School, by attending Course Director training in May 2013. This will develop my understanding of a courses' big picture and progression.

Expand my technical skills base in canyoneering. Developing my skills in canyoneering will make me a more versatile instructor, as well as aide in my development as a canyon skills trainer for COBS. This will require personal exploration and pursuit of technical slot canyons during the spring and summer of 2013. Short Term Goals Long Term Goals During my undergraduate studies in Parks and Recreation Management, I was heavily influenced by my professors and their participation as students and employees of NOLS and Outward Bound. I aspired to fulfill similar roles as they had, but believe I have found so much more in my quest for employment as an expedition educator.

I am confident and content to continue forward as field educator within these institutions that promote character development, community, leadership, and wilderness exploration. When I become too old or my body incapable of lugging a 70 lb backpack or rowing a 2,000 lb boat then I will consider a position as a program director or in administrative leadership.

Click on the photo to play video! (Experience Log available upon request) 5 Minute Teaching Segment
S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Fall 2012
(scroll over image and press play) 5 Minute Teaching Segment
Leadership Styles Part 2
Fall 2012
(scroll over image and press play) 80 Day Rocky Mountain
Semester
Summer 2010

River Safety & Rescue
Curriculum
- Prevention education
- Self rescue
- Throw ropes
- Wading techniques
- Flipping/Righting rafts
- Pins/Unpinning kayaks
& rafts
- M.A. systems

* Note: This was a co-instructor's boat that I set an M.A. system for.

36 Day River Instructor
Course
Summer 2009

Risk Assessment and
Management Curriculum
- Hazard identification
- Risk vs. consequence
- Benefits of risk
- Managing risk 10 Day Paddler's Hiking Seminar
Summer 2010

Technical Terrain Training
- Scree
- Deep snow
- River/Ice
- Ice ax use
- Avalanche
80 Day Rocky Mountain
Semester
Summer 2011

River Hydrology Curriculum
- Composition of a river
- Features
- Hazards
- Scouting 80 Day Rocky Mountain
Semester
Summer 2012

Cultural History Curriculum
- Fremont & Native
American History
- Pictographs/Petroglyphs
- Ranchers/Settlers
- Outlaws
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