Wyoming Wilderness: Discovering the Leader Within

Spring 2018

Experience a one-week wilderness expedition in the breathtaking and remote Wind River Range, Wyoming. Students will meet for class at JU during the Spring II 2018 term to learn about wilderness travel and prepare for the expedition. In July, we will gather in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and spend the night in town prior to embarking on the five-night expedition. Following the expedition, we will spend another night in Jackson Hole to celebrate our journey!

The course provides application of concepts and theory related to leadership, team building, conflict resolution, communication, decision-making, and expedition management. Health and safety competencies specific to wilderness expeditions will be developed and applied, including first aid and backpacking in a wilderness setting. Environmental skills and an understanding of the complexity, diversity, and fragility of wild-lands will be developed through application of the guiding principles behind Leave No Trace (LNT) and land managers’ decisions and regulations.


  • Successful completion of expedition orientation course; physical screening.
  • Participants must demonstrate appropriate physical preparedness during orientation.
  • No previous backpacking experience is required.

Course (3 credits)

NUR 424 / KIN 400 / CSD 350 / EDU 402

Faculty Instructor
Dr. Roberta Christopher joined Jacksonville University in April 2015 and has been a nurse for more than 20 years. She received both her BSN and MSN from the University of North Florida.  Dr. Christopher recently completed her doctorate of educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction.  Her doctoral dissertation research study focused on the relationship among presenteeism, absenteeism, nurse safety outcomes, and quality of care.

Faculty Instructor
Dr. Mike Nancarrow
Outing Club Faculty Advisor



Faculty Instructor
Ron Harrell
Education Resource Specialist
School of Education


  • JU Credit (3 credits)
  • Wilderness Instructor/ Guide
  • JU Faculty Expedition Leaders
  • First and last night lodging in Jackson Hole
  • Welcome and departure dinners in Jackson Hole
  • Transportation to and from trailhead and Jackson Hole
  • Expedition meals while in wilderness (not including snacks)
  • Medical & Accident Insurance
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • 24 hour on-site support
  • On-site orientation