Outdoor Programs employs the help of over thirty volunteer student Trip Leaders to help guide and facilitate all our adventures. OP Trip Leaders come from all sorts of backgrounds and are passionate about many different outdoor pursuits. Most, if not all, Trip Leaders have a minimum of a Wilderness First Responder certification, have experience as guides and outdoor educators outside of the University of Redlands campus and attend regular Trip Leader Trainings and workshops. They are also some of the most fun people you’ll meet on campus!
Chris Bode - Senior
"I love playing outdoors, climbing, hiking, biking, surfing, boarding, camping… The list goes on and on!! But more than anything, I really love to share these experiences with good people."
Jessie Dubus - Junior
Environmental Science and Spanish
"I've been involved in OP since my freshman year as a Trip Leader, OP Shop Staff Manager, and OP Intern! My favorite part of leading trips is getting to see participants experience things for the first time... and having awesome campfire desserts!"
Leah Cotton - Junior
"The outdoors are my passion; whether I am scaling mountains or frolicking through waves on the beach, there is no better feeling than being connected to nature. 'The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.' –Into The Wild
Arizona (Riz) Alli - Junior
"It doesn't get much better than good people and beautiful places. Spontaneous adventures are the best kind. Singing, stargazing, hiking, backpacking, and anything involving water are some of my favorite things to do in the great outdoors. "
Hillary Scaletta - Sophomore
"Being able to lead trips and go on trips allows me to escape from my own reality and just enjoy the company of the great outdoors!"
Michelle Villagran - Sophomore
"I love introducing students to the outdoor wonders Southern California has to offer! From climbing, to surfing to snowboarding to hiking, the possibilities are nearly endless.
Leah Smith- Freshman
"I love leading as well as participating in trips; as long as I get to meet new people!"
Most of our trips at Outdoor Programs are student planned and student led. If you have the desire to develop your leadership skills and in becoming a facilitator on some amazing outdoor adventures then you could be part of the OP Trip Leader team.