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Adventure Leadership Program

Develop your outdoor leadership skills through this interactive and exciting course. Participants will be learning both leadership and technical skills in classroom sessions and on outdoors trips. Technical skills include equipment, food preparation, logistics and clothing needs. Leadership topics include decision making, critical thinking, informal interpretation, teaching skills, leadership qualities and styles. Take this opportunity to expand your leadership abilities in the outdoors. This course is required to apply and interview to become a Volunteer CSUSB Adventure Leader.

When you register you will receive a questionnaire to complete and bring with you to the first workshop. After the first workshop and review of your completed questionnaire we will select participants to continue in the training program. Payment will not be due until you are accepted into the program.


In order to register for the Adventure Leader Program course, you must be CSUSB student, faculty or staff, have a CA Driver License, pass a background check, and have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.

Adventure Leadership Program Cost

CSUSB student, faculty or staff: $60. To be paid after applying if accepted if selected. 

Winter Break 2022 Training 

Apply for our Winter Break Training Here!
Applications due Dec. 3, 2021 at 12:00pm. 

Informational Meeting (Attend One)

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 2:30pm - 3:30pm: Location: CSUSB SRWC Front Desk
Friday November 19, 2021, 3:00pm - 4:00pm: Location:  CSUSB SRWC Front Desk
Thursday, December 2, 2021, 12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: CSUSB SRWC front Desk

Thursday, December 2, 2021, 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Location: Palm Desert Campus Rancho Mirage Student Center 

Multi-day Leadership Training Trip (Required)

Dates: January 10 - 14, 2022
Time: 8:00am Monday - 8:00pm Friday
Location: Black Canyon, Lake Mead, Zion
Activities include: Canoeing and Hiking

Shadow Trips (Choose Two)

January 22 - Hollywood Sign and Observatory Hike 
February 5 - Snowshoe Hike
February 12 - Potato Chip Rock Hike
March 5 - Living Desert Hike and Zoo
March 12 - Palos Verde Kayak
March 13 - Deep Creek Hot Springs Hike
March 19 - DTLA in a Day
March 20 - Pisgah Lave Tubes Hike

Become an Adventure Leader

After successful completion of the Adventure Leadership Program you can apply and interview to become a volunteer CSUSB Adventure Leader.

Once a Leader

As a CSUSB Adventure Leader, you can request trips that you would like to lead in future quarters. We will then assign you with a co-leader to lead trips that match your skills and leadership ability. Leaders are expected to continue to attend leader training trips and to keep current in certifications.

Certifications include: CSUSB Defensive Driver Course, the San Bernardino Food Handler Certification, CPR/AED, and WFA.

You will also be required to complete a State Harassment Training

Benefits of Being a CSUSB Adventure Leader

  • Great leadership experience
  • Discounts on trips and rentals
  • Explore the great outdoors
  • Make friends with similar interests
  • Opportunity to stay fit and healthy
  • Possible career exploration
  • Conferences and trainings for free or at reduced price
  • Discounts on purchasing outdoor gear

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer leader for CSUSB Adventure, register for our Adventure Leader Program which is offered quarterly. For more information on becoming a leader you can call Mark Oswood (909)537-3863 or email


Title: Adventure Program Coordinator

Education/Qualifications: Education: Bachelor and Master of Science, Recreation Administration. Qualifications: Mark has been with CSUSB Adventure since 2007 and before that he worked for UC Riverside's Outdoor Excursions program. Mark is a Leave No Trace Master Educator, Smith System Driver Trainer, Certified Course Manager and Level 2 (Association for Challenge Course Technology), Wilderness First Responder, and American Red Cross instructor. Mark is also an instructor at UNLV where he teaches backpacking and canoeing classes.

My Favorite CSUSB Adventure Experience: "I am not able to go on all our adventures but I do get to hear about them from our trip leaders and participants. My favorite experience is hearing about the beautiful places visited and connections people have made whil eon our trips. I would have to say my favorite trip is snowshoeing in the winter in Yo So Mighty!"

Favorite Hobbies: Exploring new places, rafting and spending time with my family.

Juan Valenzuela Madrid
Title: Adventure Leader

Education/Qualifications: Dual majored with a B.A. in Administration Information Systems and Technology Concentration and with a B.A. in Administration Accounting Concentration. I am currently working on my Master of Science in Accountancy, while working in my profession as a Accounts Receivables Clerk.
My favorite CSUSB Adventure Experience: Snowboarding with new/unexperienced participants and help them shred the gnar.
Favorite Hobbies: Listening to music in a hammock. Exploring and experiencing new places and adventures. Occasionally napping when time persist.  

Pong Proakatok

Adventure Leader

Education/Qualifications: Currently majoring in Business Management. CPR/AED and Wilderness First First Aid Certification

My favorite CSUSB Adventure Experience: All the trips that I've led are my favorites in different ways, but I notice that the trips that don't go as well as planned would often receive some of the best feedbacks from participants.

Favorite Hobbies: Hiking, getting lost, and fixing/riding my motorcycle. 

Isaac Mendez

Title: Adventure Leader

Education/Qualifications: Isaac is majoring in Health Science with a Concentration in Public Health. He is CPR/AED certified, Wilderness First Aid certified, and I am also a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

Favorite CSUSB Adventure Experience: For me it was my training trip while learning to be an adventure leader. We kayaked down Black Canyon over two days and stopped in various locations to hike. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I learned so many new skills as well as how to be a better leader. I would definitely do this trip again in a heartbeat.

Favorite Hobbies: Video Games, Playing Guitar, Hiking, and Camping.

John E. Harford III

Title: Adventure Leader and Adventure Staff

Education/Qualifications: Currently a first year student at CSUSB. Undeclared at the moment but interest in Biology. CPR/AED and Wilderness First Aid certified. Eagle Scout.

Favorite CSUSB Adventure Experience: Each experience has its own unique memory to it. But if I had to choose it would be the first. The first year Adventure Welcome Experience to Big Sur, California. We started the day with bonding activities and going on the Leadership Challenge Course. And then the trip itself of exploring and enjoying ourselves in an amazing location. You lose yourself in the moment and just appreciate life, each adventure trip has that.

Favorite Hobbies: Photography, music, and exploring.

Natanael Chavez

Title: Advetnure Leader

Education/Qualifications: Accounting Major, EMT certified. CPR/AED and Wilderness First Aid certified.

Favorite CSUSB Adventure experience: It is impossible to say my number one experience from so many that occur and every trip you get a new favorite experience. They vary from tipping over on a kayak and swimming for your life, to roping down the side of a mountain and telling yourself “if they can do it, so can I”, and facing your fear of walking onthe edge of a mountain. I promise that any multiday trip will make you want to go back and experience more.

Favorite Hobbies: Soccer, my favorite hobby, it’s been the number one and not because I get to watch and play soccer, but because it’s the one it it’s a father and son pastime. Stargazing, because when you are out at the top of a mountain where lights don’t exist you begin to understand how small you really are and how the stars appear to crash down on you. Talking, anything can be a hobby and talking is a hobby I exercise daily. When you are in a van with 11 other participants, talking to strangers is the best way to let out your thoughts, it’s a clean slate to get advice from another set of eyes.