Adventure Leadership Program

CSUSB Adventure Leader 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.


CSUSB student, faculty or staff: $60. To be paid after the Information Meeting if selected. 

Winter 2019 Course


Informational Meeting REGISTER NOW 

  • February 1, 2019
  • Friday 2:30PM - 4:30PM
  • Location SRWC room 205

Multi-day Leadership Training Trip

  • February 15-17, 2018
  • Friday 12:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday
  • Location - Colorado River 
  • Activities include: Camping and Kayaking 


  • Pre-trip meeting Friday, February 8, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Fridays
    • February 22, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
    • March 1, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
    • March 8, 9,  2:30pm - 4:30pm

One-day Trips

Choose two

  • Whale Watching 3/9/19
  • Deep Creek Hike 3/10/19
  • LA in a Day 3/16/19
  • Kayak Day Trip 3/17

CPR/AED Certification

Online and during Wilderness First Aid Certification 

Wilderness First Aid Certification

Dates April 6-7, 2019 
Saturday and Sunday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

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 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

Meet the CSUSB Adventure Leaders

Leader Information and Photo


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.


Title: Adventure Leader and Adventure Staff

Education/Qualifications: Education: Currently majoring in Human and Organzational Communication and a minor Psychology. Sydney is certified in Adult CPR/AED, and Wilderness First Aid certified. In addition to leading trips Sydney also work on the office planning and preparing our adventures.

My Favorite CSUSB Adventure Experience: "Kayaking down the Owen’s River in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas. The trip provided an opportunity to for me to grow as a leader; for two of my participants struggled against the river’s swift current and thorny bank. By calling out instructions and remaining by their side, we made it though safe and sound—or more accurately, with a few well earned scratches".

Favorite Hobbies: Photography, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Piano, and Volunteerism

Samuel Sanders
Samuel Sanders

Title: Adventure Leader

Education/Qualifications: Currently majoring in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy. CPR/AED and Wilderness First Aid Certiifcation. (Also drivers license so certified to drive).

My Favorite CSUSB Adventure Experience: I can’t pinpoint a single moment as a favorite experience but rather a collection of those times when you look up at the stars or you’re sitting around the campfire, or peaking that mountain and you feel as if nothing else matters but that moment.

Favorite Hobbies: Movies, Traveling, Photography/Videography, and questioning my existence