Obtain PE and Science credits by participating in Outdoor Recreation activities in these ways:
- Register for PEDB 1070 - Ropes - Fall and Spring
- Register for PEDB 1090 - Outdoor Adventure Activities - Fall and Spring
- Register for PEDB 1100 - Backpacking/Hiking - Fall and Spring
Academic Credits plus PE credit through adventure travel and study abroad programs:
- Costa Rica Study Abroad - Outdoor Adventure PE credit with Geology 1121L- Maymester
PEDB 1090: Outdoor Adventure Activities; available in the Fall, Spring, and Costa Rica Maymester (see below)
In this class, students are required to participate in 25 hours of adventure activities offered through the UGA Outdoor Recreation trip schedule (evenings and weekends) and 5 hours of classroom time. This is a great way to learn outdoor activity skills and discover many natural resources in the southeast. Course participants pay the student fee listed for each UGA Outdoor Recreation trip. 1 PE credit earned.
PEDB 1070: Ropes; available in the Fall and Spring
Participants in this class will learn how the UGA team building Challenge Course/ropes course operates. This fun course will challenge students to actively work together to solve problems in order to negotiate the outdoor and indoor low and high ropes courses here on campus. Students learn initiative activities they can use in other settings (camps, organization meetings, team practices, staff trainings), tie knots and learn risk management procedures and students have the opportunity to learn more about their own personal leadership style as well as what it means to work as a team with others. This course provides fundamental training to progress towards actual training for a paid position on the UGA Challenge Course staff. This course requires 1 Saturday commitment along with scheduled class time. 1 PE credit earned.
PEDB 1100: Backpacking/Hiking; available in the Fall and Spring
This class exposes students to the basic fundamentals of backpacking and hiking. Topics to be covered include appropriate equipment selection, dressing and clothing for the outdoor environment, camp cooking, land navigation, and expedition behavior. Class meetings allow students to have hands-on learning with packs, sleep systems, tents, and camp cookware. The class culminates in a 2-day backpacking trip where students are engaging in a group-led excursion to the backcountry. A range of 6-12 miles of hiking is what one can expect to do on this trip. 1 PE credit earned.
Costa Rica Study Abroad - Outdoor Adventure - Maymester 2015
This two week adventure trip to Costa Rica finds students engaged in outdoor activity each day in this beautiful country rich in biodiversity. Students hike, horseback ride, raft, kayak tour, zip-line through the canopy forest and even learn to surf! The in-country experience starts on the UGA Costa Rica campus which includes trips to the Monteverde Reserve and local coffee, sugarcane and dairy farms, explores the Arenal Volcano area, moves to an amazing cultural experience on the Caribbean Coast to include cooking and dancing lessons, and ends with an exciting overnight raft trip on the Pacuare River navigating Class III-IV rapids. This experience affords students the opportunity to learn more about this lush country with its misty cloud forests, volcanic mountain ranges, and tropical rain forests. Local guides provide information about conservation, medicinal plants and a wealth of information about flora and fauna. This study abroad experience in Costa Rica is now paired with Geology 1121 with lab for 4 credits. Classroom and lab time will occur before, during and after the trip to Costa Rica to complete course work for this class credit.
No prior experience in either outdoor adventure activities or in the ability to speak Spanish is required. However, a desire to learn new skills, be active outside every day, be engaged with the locals and work as a team with the group are attributes that will make this an unforgettable study abroad experience. The registration deadline is the first week of March each year and early registration is encouraged. All majors are eligible for participation. For more information about this opportunity, see the UGA Costa Rica website. 1 PE credit and 3-4 course credits earned for Geology.