Outdoor Adventure Leadership Club

Starting in March, Extension Ashland County 4-H and the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute are collaboratively launching the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Club for middle school youth! Beginning on March 19th, the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Club will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the spring and summer with new program themes for each month!

The Outdoor Adventure Leadership Club will provide local youth with affordable opportunities to embark on local and regional adventures that instill in members an awareness of the tangible and intangible values of regional wilderness resources, as well as an awareness of their potential for leadership within their community.

Outings and Workshops

March-Rock Climbing

April-Land and Camping Skills

May-Paddle Sports!

June-Summer Outings and Overnights

July-Sea Kayaking & Stand up Paddle Boarding

August-Plan Your Own Trip


  • The Outdoor Adventure Leadership club offers exciting outings and workshops that are catered to students in 6th-9th grade.


  • All workshops will start at Northland College, Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. For activities away from the Northland campus transportation will be provided from Northland to the activity destination.


  • Through the months of March-May activities begin on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-5:30pm.


  • Equipment needed for activities will be provided for each student by the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Club.

For more information check out the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Brochure 3-2019

Interested? Enroll by calling Extension Ashland County at 715-682-7017. Hurry, space is limited!

Outings and Workshops – Full Schedule

March – Rock Climbing

March 19th – Club Kick off & Intro to Rock Climbing (Knots & Belaying)

March 21st – Intro to climbing (Movement)

March 30th – Intro to climbing (Vertical Endeavors)

April – Land Travel/Camp Skills

April 2nd – Map and Compass Introduction

April 4th – Compass Workshop

April 9th – Map Workshop

April 11th – Maps and Compass!

April 13th – Orienteering

April 16th – Ten Essentials

April 18th – Packing a Backpack/What to Pack

April 27th – First Overnight

April 30th – Intro to Route Planning

May – Paddle Sports

May 2nd – Food Packing

May 3rd-5th – Backpacking Trip

May 14th – Intro to Canoeing

May 16th – Pool Boating

May 21st – Fish Creek Estuary

May 23rd – Canoe Long Lake

May 28th – Ration Planning For

May 30th – Food and Gear Packing

June – Beginning Summer Outings

June 1st-2nd – Sylvania Wilderness Trip

June 11th – Bob Rock Outdoor Climbing

June 13th – LNT Training Day

June 18th – Service Opportunity Meeting

June 20th – Food planning

June 25th – Route Planning

June 28th-30th – Service Backpacking Trip

July – Outdoor Activities

July 2nd – Intro to Sea Kayaking

July 9th – Practice at Long Lake

July 11th – Paddle to Sea Caves (Trek and Trail)

July 16th – Trip Prep

July 19th-20th – Madeline Island Trip and Service

July 23rd – Intro to SUP

July 25th – Friendly Valley Beach SUP

July 30th – Intro to August! Brain Storm for Big Trip!