Team-building, Facilitation and Challenge

Summer 2017 quarter (First Session)

Taught by

ecology, biology, mycology
  • UG

Humans are social animals. We form groups for work and play, for a wide variety of reasons. But the process of how groups develop and become supportive, functional teams is often overlooked. This program will focus on how groups form, develop and work together and what we can do as participants and leaders to ensure success for all. We will explore these questions through readings, writing, discussions, workshops and hands-on field experiences, which will focus on group facilitation skills using Evergreen’s Challenge course.

The Challenge course and its framework will serve as both a tool to explore our own dynamics and as a model to explore group development. As participants, we will experience different learning styles, the struggles of team development and the complexity of challenges that face individuals. As facilitators, we will learn how to help ourselves and others negotiate challenges. Students will be trained to facilitate groups on the Evergreen Challenge course. For students who successfully complete the program, there will be employment opportunities for qualified facilitators throughout the remainder of the summer and into the fall.

Program Details

Fields of Study

communication outdoor leadership and education


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

This class will take place during weeks 3 and 4 of first summer session

9a-4p Tue/Wed/Thu: Tue July 11-Thu July 13 & Tue July 18-Thu July 20 

9a-Noon: Fri July 21

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning