The Pathfinder Leadership Development Program promotes student engagement and retention by utilizing Colorado’s unique outdoor-recreation opportunities with the aim of instilling a sense of belonging and fostering personal growth with every student we serve.
- Students will learn about the on-campus resources available for student engagement and academic success.
- Students will have the opportunity to engage with other students and form new relationships based on their shared experience.
- Students will gain the confidence needed to overcome challenges increasing self-efficacy and stimulating personal growth.
Pathfinder serves ANY group of students at MSU Denver wanting to engage with each other to strengthen bonds amongst their organization and to their institution on campus. Examples of student based groups include clubs, club sports teams, NCAA teams, departments, cohorts, study groups, and peer mentor groups - to mention but a few.
It really comes down to this: Is your group a student-based organization? Yes? Then we would be happy to schedule an amazing experience for you and your team!
We will work with your group to schedule rock climbing outings, hiking trips, volunteer experiences, teambuilding activities, and wilderness-based orientations.
We can utilize Campus Recreation's indoor climbing wall or visit one of Colorado's Front Range areas outside! There isn't a better way to bond as a group and build trust than scaling a 100 foot wall together! Potential outside locations may include Clear Creek Canyon or North Table Mountain in Golden, and Castlewood Canyon near Castlerock.
Hikes can be tailored for your specific group needs. We can identify trails ranging from easy to challenging based on what your group wants to get out of the experience. Examples include hikes ranging from the trail systems around campus and the South Platte or Cherry Creek rivers, all the way up to the physical and emotional demands of the Manitou Incline or even a small mountain! We will work together to come up with an absolutely stellar hike with the best outcomes in mind.
The best way to give back to this wonderful state is by volunteering some of your time to help maintain the beauty of our parks and recreation destinations. Nothing feels better than knowing that you improved the experience of future users at these absolutely gorgeous locations around town and in the mountains. These volunteer experiences can range from very informal (picking up trash at local parks) to the incredibly formal (trail maintenance with Jefferson County Open Space). You might even have an idea or a need of your own!
Teambuilding events focus on specific goals or areas of needed improvement, but we also facilitate "Train-the-Trainer" events that focus on teaching your group the ‘ins-and-outs’ of group facilitation in a higher education setting. Teambuilding is often met with resistance and hesitation, but we aim to shift that paradigm by designing fun, high-energy, goal-oriented experiences that use the unique landscapes of Colorado’s Front Range to take the event to the next level. Get out of the classroom and into the woods!
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Friday activities are the main focus for the program, but we can schedule another time if it fits within our staffing considerations.
Activities will take place along the Front Range of Colorado and we will keep transportation times to less than one hour of driving to maximize our time enjoying the great outdoors. Locations might include: Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Castlewood Canyon State Park, Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Clear Creak Canyon and North Table Mountain in Golden, Eldorado State Park, Chautauqua Park, Cherry Creek and Chatfield Reservoirs to name only a few!