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!
Drea Bustamante—Johnston student
"On my trips I like to have participants dance in their pants, think on their feet, and find a piece of peace in the great 'out there' around Redlands."
Wendy Turner—Environmental Management
"I love hiking, rock climbing, hanging out at the beach; pretty much anything here in beautiful Southern California. Joshua Tree, Big Bear, The Beach, anywhere!"
Kevin Murphy—Bio Chemistry
"I enjoy taking trips to Mexico, the coast, the mountains and rock climbing."
Alli Brown—Creative Writing
"I love doing any trip I can get my hands on from evening climbing gym trips to multi-day backpacks to chilling on the beach, to day hikes."
"There is so much to do here in So-Cal, you have to get off campus and experience it all. The mountains, the beach, the desert, it's all so close—I love it!"
Jeremy Kalmus—Environmental Management
"Put me on a bike, rock or a mountain! Get that adrenalin pumping with mountain biking and rock climbing."
Haley Athonisen—Graphic Design
"I really love pretty much any outdoor adventure, ranging from a relaxing day on the beach to awesome backpacking overnights. I LOVE OP!"
"OP gathers people of different academic goals and world views who all share a common love for adventure and the outdoors."
Christina Peck—Environmental Management
"It is better to live in nature than to die and discover that I had not lived... I just want to lead people to the most beautiful places in nature where they can really experience it. I love to rock climb, backpack, and go anywhere with water."
"I like to do trips that get the blood flowing: mountain biking, skiing. But not rock climbing, that's a little too intense for me. Whatever it is though it is pretty difficult to not have a good time on an OP trip."
"I really enjoy skiing, hiking, camping and backpacking trips. Anytime you can get outside, it's fun times."
"I'm game for just about any trip. From the beach to the snow, I love to do it. Daytrips, fall break and Spring Break, I'll be leading a trip. If you have a new idea for one find me and tell me about it."
Becoming a Trip Leader
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.
What steps should I be taking if I want to be a trip leader?
- Come over to the OP and introduce yourself or talk to any Trip Leader
- Come on as many OP tripts as you can, ask questions and get involved
- Attend an OP Meet and Greet after fall or spring break
- Apply as a Trip Leader Apprentice nominee
- Get nominated to begin a semester-long apprentice process
- Get your WFR over spring break
Why should I want to be a TL?
- Earn discounted rates on trips, courses and equipment
- Plan trips where you want to go and do what you want to do, and don’t pay!
- Get amazing summer or post-college jobs that allow you to travel and spend time outside
- Meet amazing people and see amazing places
- Be a part of a community of good outdoorsy folk on this campus
- Attend leadership conferences
- Be a part of a strong community of fabulous people that care about getting the most out of the Redlands experience
- Attend clinics and workshops, which help solidify your own outdoor skills, knowledge and character
- The most experienced, exciting and involved leaders earn the privilege of leading incoming freshmen on First Year Journeys