RPTR 326 Canopy Tour Facilitation

Course qualifies students for: Single Day Canopy Tour Guide -  Job Description Here

Course Description and Enrollment Instructions
Adventure WV in partnership with the WVU Davis College of Natural Resources and Design, is offering a 3 credit Canopy Tour Facilitation course for Spring 2017. WVU is the first University to own and manage its own canopy tour and the first University to offer a Canopy Tour Guide Certification Class. Our goal is to train high quality guides to supply a need within a fast growing aspect of the adventure industry.

This course is designed to train WVU students who plan to seek employment or an internship as a canopy tour guide. Students successfully completing the course will be qualified to take an optional certification exam offered by Bonsai Designs Inc (WVU’s Canopy Tour contractor). This is a system specific certification that would be recognized at locations around the US, as well as a variety of local courses.

Additionally, this course offers the opportunity to earn a widely recognizable canopy tour guide certification. Opportunities to connect with regional tour operators and work during  Boy Scout Jamboree (scheduled every 4 years) located at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jen, WV will also be available.

The course is organized as a lecture with some content taught online, and lots of hands on application. 1 full weekend field trip is required. Prior experience with activities at height (rock climbing, challenge course etc) is helpful but not required. Participants must be willing to engage in hands on learning, work at height, learning and practice in cold conditions and physical challenge!

Class meets Tuesdays 1:15pm to 3:50pm. During the first half of the semester, class will meet on campus, or via the web. During the second part of the semester, class will meet at the Outdoor Education Center located at the University Research Forest near Coopers Rock. Transportation will be provided and will depart 30mins prior to the start of class.

The optional certification exam will be held during the weekend following finals. Students wishing to take the certification exam will need to commit and pay for the exam in advance.

RPTR 326 is a restricted course. Students wishing to register for the course must complete the course interest form. The course instructor (Coy Belknap) will contact you to discuss your interest in the class and ensure that it is the right course for you.  

Questions? Contact Coy Belknap 304-293-7136 or email Coy.Belknap@mail.wvu.edu

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