Outdoor Leadership Living Learning Community


Get Out and Explore

The Outdoor Leadership Living Learning Community promotes personal growth, the development of leadership skills and conservation education through experiential learning opportunities and co-curricular activities.
Outdoor Leadership members will have the opportunity to explore natural and backcountry environments on expedition trips; learn about conservation, ecology and environmental issues from university faculty and community professionals, discuss outdoor recreation and sustainable living topics with local stakeholders and improve critical thinking and decision making abilities.
Through involvement in Outdoor Leadership students will participate in residence committees connected with areas of important natural lands surrounding McMaster University’s campus. These committees will allow students to demonstrate leadership skills within their community while discussing sustainability and conservation issues directly related to the Hamilton area.
Check out last years 2017 CaST Canoeing Trip

Why Join the Outdoor Leadership Living Learning Community?

Students who are a part of the Outdoor Leadership Living Learning Community will have the opportunity to:
  • Understand local and global sustainability and conservation issues
  • Learn the skills necessary to lead outdoor education
  • Explore career options related to conservation, sustainability and outdoor leadership education
Each Living Learning Community offers a variety of activities and programs that make up key parts of the residence experience. We strongly encourage residents to take advantage of the many of the unique activities and events offered. Students can participate in as many or as few LLC events as they would like but the more events you participate in the more opportunities you will have to connect with fellow students and other members of the McMaster community.

Programs & Opportunities

Outdoor Leadership students will meet McMaster faculty and staff members in a variety of disciplines and discuss sustainability and outdoor education within McMaster’s natural context.
Events for this community include nature hikes throughout Hamilton and other parts of Ontario, guest speakers, themed workshops, volunteer opportunities, overnight camping and canoe trips and other events and activities planned by students and staff within the  Outdoor Leadership community. Outdoor Leadership residents will have a number of opportunities to participate in the academic and social aspects of the university and the surrounding community. Within the residence hall, students will have access to academic resources, volunteer experiences and professional workshops.
Outdoor Leadership will help residents get connected to the McMaster community by introducing them to experiences within the campus and Hamilton community. Students will be encouraged to branch out into the community with tours, social events and volunteer experiences at the university and surrounding area.
Experiences may include:
  • Faculty and Community Speakers
  • Local Nature Hikes
  • Overnight Camping and Canoe Trips
    • Outdoor Leadership Day Trip – Advancing Skills
    • Outdoor Leadership Fall Reading Week Trip
  • Green Job Networking Opportunities
  • Conservation Workshops

Campus and Community Partners

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