A first look at Spring Semester at EFSA and Prince William Sound College!

The class texts

Get registered before the rush! Courses to be posted soon!

As the lead faculty for the Outdoor Studies department and producer/director for Expeditionary Film School of Alaska, I am excited to have just finished a day of meetings with the Academic Senate, Academic Planning & Curriculum Committee, and the Institutional Effectiveness Committee. We have the honor of representing the college in its most integral functions, and I am particularly glad to have submitted the academic class schedule for publication. In the meantime, and to give you as much advance notice as possible, I am including the Outdoor Studies department schedule for you!

Full Semester Courses:

ODS 120 (1)- Introduction to Cross Country Skiing- DB Palmer- T/R 12-12:50pm

Take time to learn how to refine your Nordic Skiing technique and stamina, as well as increase your fitness during your lunch hour, two times a week, for a full semester!

ODS 101 (1)- Cross Training for Expedition Fitness- Greta Palmer- T/W/R- 5-5:50pm

Greta Palmer, MA
Greta Palmer, MA

Want to get ripped and ready for summer? Are you looking to learn about expedition fitness while getting fit for your own personal and professional adventures? Punch out at 5pm and join us for the perfect after work, workout!

Blended Courses (online + field)

ODS 295 (2-3)- ODS Internship- DB Palmer- TBD

Get locked in to work with one of our local, or state-wide internship opportunities, from adventure tourism, adventure film, to expedition leadership.

ODS 266 (3)- Introduction to Safety & Risk- DB Palmer- T 8-9:30pm ONLINE

Learn the basics and theory behind risk and safety in outdoor studies, online, and then get actively involved with two outdoor leadership events: Qaniq Nordic Ski Race and the Mountain Man Hill Climb, as student members of their logistics and safety teams. Hands-on work and study. That’s how ODS should be.

Field dates:

  • January 16, 5-9pm; 17-18, 9am-7pm at the Qaniq Nordic Ski Race/ Valdez, AK.
  • April17-19, 8am-8pm at the Mountain Man Hill Climb, Valdez, AK.

ODS 281 (3)- Leadership Activities for Diverse Populations- DB Palmer- 8-9:30pm ONLINE

In collaboration with Challenge Alaska, this course blends online theory sessions with field training and service work in Girdwood Alaska at Alyeska Resort. Students may also earn free ski passes for after-hours skiing. We are working to acquire lodging that will greatly reduce student expenses. Stay tuned!

Field dates:

  • March 10-15, 7am-5pm at Challenge Alaska, in Girdwood, AK.

DB Greta MT Trek with WGField (only) Courses:

ODS 168 (1)- Winter Camping Alaska- DB Palmer- January 30, 5-8pm

Join us for a short-weekend of learning the basic-intermediate skills of winter camping from our own resident winter afficionado, Dr. Palmer. Drawing from many years of professional winter guiding, Dr. Palmer will teach you the tricks and tools of the trade, and students will have plenty of time to practice the skills of successful (warm, as a goal) winter camping.

Field: February 7-8, 9am-5pm (2 days)

ODS 298 (3) – Adventure Research & Creative Activity- DB Palmer

Join AFSA founder/producer, DB Palmer, in the development and preparation of an adventure film project, from the adventure leadership side of things, including: location management, location scouting, talent acquisition/athlete relations, safety/risk concerns, and project management. Course to take place, primarily, at TAILGATE AK!

Field dates: By arrangement with Dr. Palmer, and throughout the semester.

FLM 298 (2)- Film Research- Sky Rondenet & DB Palmer

Sky Rondenet
Sky Rondenet

Join AFSA founder/producer, DB Palmer, and the renowned Sky Rondenet (of Sky Rondenet Media), in shooting an adventure film on location in, and around, Valdez, Alaska! The course has room for participants of all skill levels, as we will be designing a collaborative, team shoot, as well as individual projects. Course to take place, primarily, at TAILGATE AK!

Field dates: April 6-12 (6 days)

ODS 218 (2)- Avalanche Certification Level II AAIRE- Sarah Carter

Take the next step from your AAIRE Avalanche level 1 to Level 2 with this course, taught in conjunction with the Alaska Avalanche Information Center and our ace-avalanche educator, Sarah Carter. Course will be on location in, and around, Valdez, Alaska. This course fills fast, so don’t miss it!

Field dates: March 6-9, Valdez, AK.

Register here!

Adventure Film at Tailgate AK?! Class is in session.

PWSCC offering a condensed Film Course in Preproduction & Previsualization!

Ever wanted to learn how filmmakers decide how to shoot their films? Want hands-on experience AFSA tentplanning your own film ideas?

Preproduction & Previsualization (FLM 172) is where you NEED to be. This course is designed for active, adventurous people who are too busy during the day to take classes, but have an interest in a condensed course. Scheduled in just five evenings and two full weekends, this course is perfect for you!

meg_and_stacyCourse Instructors:

Co-taught by Meg McKinney, MA Documentary Filmmaking (Stanford University) and DB Palmer, Ed.D (Founder/Director of Adventure Film School Alaska and Lead Faculty of Outdoor Studies).




Course Schedule:

Sept 15th              6:30-9:30pm       CLASSROOM

Sept 22nd              6:30-9:30pm       Bb Session

Sept 29th              6:30-9:30pm       Bb Session

Oct 6th                   6:30-9:30pm       Bb Session

Oct 13th                 6:30-9:30pm       CLASSROOM


Oct 17th                 4-10pm                 CLASSROOM

Oct 18th                 8am-8pm             CLASSROOM

Oct 19th                 8am-8pm             CLASSROOM


Nov 7th                  4-10pm                 CLASSROOM

Nov 8th                  8am-8pm             CLASSROOM

Nov 9th                  8am-8pm             CLASSROOM


Register NOW!

Know your topic!
Know your topic!


Course is particularly suited for those attending school and university full-time, working professionals, and those who don’t have the time for “traditional” class hours.

Dr. Palmer selected to present at UAA Faculty Research & Creative Activity Symposium

Grand Opening of the UAA Alaska Airlines Center.
Grand Opening of the UAA Alaska Airlines Center.

While his specific presentation time is still being selected, Dr. Palmer has been selected to travel to Anchorage during the First Annual UAA Faculty Research & Creative Activity Symposium, held in conjunction with the grand opening of the Alaska Airlines Center, from September 5-8th. He will speak and present a video of his current creative activity, namely Expeditionary Film School of Alaska and the Outdoor Studies department at Prince William Sound College in Valdez, Alaska.

Here is the formal abstract that was selected by the panel:


Dr. Palmer will present a behind the scenes film showing how the oft misunderstood field of Outdoor Studies can rebrand itself to address current economic and social realities, as well as be a catalyst for global health, environmental conservation, sustainability, social equity, and other critical movements. Since joining the faculty of Prince William Sound Community College, Dr. Palmer’s research activities have focused on Group Leadership and Decision-Making within Outdoor Leadership, Safety and Risk Outcomes, a full rebranding of the Outdoor Leadership program in Valdez, and the development of his newest research platform, “Expeditionary Film School of Alaska”. The adventure filmmaking concentration at PWSCC is the first, and only, degree program of its kind, anywhere. He has worked extensively with UAF Film program to develop a course articulation agreement for students transitioning from his adventure filmmaking concentration into undergraduate degree in Film Studies. He has also developed courses with Outside Magazine’s Outside Adventure Film School, and 3-time Emmy winning director, Michael Brown, of Serac Adventure Films. Michael Brown and Dr. Palmer led a 10 day adventure filmmaking field course during the spring of 2014. Dr. Palmer is leading the next adventure filmmaking field course (ODS 293) in September of 2014 with Sky Rondenet Media of Lake Tahoe, in Cordova, Alaska. Showcasing his work in, and around, Valdez, Alaska; Dr. Palmer utilizes adventure filmmaking as lead faculty of Outdoor Studies to craft student learning experiences that are laser-targeted toward career employment while engaging students within a robust experiential, liberal arts education.

Adventure Film Intensive in Cordova, Alaska!

Orca Adventure Lodge in Cordova, Alaska.
Orca Adventure Lodge in Cordova, Alaska.

ODS 293- Adventure Filmmaking Field Seminar is open for registration!

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own adventure film? The ODS Adventure Film program brings in a well-known adventure filmmaker to co-teach this course, and each student gets the chance to plan, shoot, edit, and distribute their short adventure film. This course focuses on filmmaking, more than elite adventure skills, so it is appropriate for a wider range of students.
Students must be approved by Lead Faculty DB Palmer in order to take this course, as this is a very self-driven, fast paced course. Travel with us from Valdez, Alaska to Cordova on the AK State Ferry, stay in the luxurious Orca Adventure Lodge for 3 days, and then return to Valdez to edit your film; all with the support of our amazing faculty and staff.
Sky Rondenet
Sky Rondenet

This course features Sky Rondenet, filmmaker from Lake Tahoe, whose work can be seen here: www.skyrondenet.com and watch her films, such as the 4th Annual Pain McConkey, “Shorter: Width is the Reward”. A note for locals: This course only requires 3 field days, on location. You can complete the editing portion in the evenings, if necessary, as long as you keep up.

Don’t let this one slip away!
Course specifics:
Field Dates: Sept 22-25
Valdez Dates: from Sept 25-27
Valdez Adventure Film Night 9/27
Register by emailing sfoster@pwscc.edu or online at: https://uaonline.alaska.edu/

EFSA Director, Professor DB Palmer, to present at Balto Film Festival

The Balto Film Festival is now welcoming Red Bull as sponsor of our opening night. The festival opens with our own, Professor DB Palmer, speaking on adventure filmmaking and Expeditionary Film School of Alaska.

From the Seward City News:

Mount St. Elias Film
Mount St. Elias Film

“Filmmakers from around the state will be descending on Seward the last weekend in July to participate in the Balto Film Fest.

Those looking for adventure will find it on Friday, July 25th, first at the Seward Community Library and Museum at 6:00 p.m. with a free public Adventure Filmmaking workshop.  Attendees will get a taste of the University of Alaska’s week-long intensive Adventure Film Research course (FLM 298) course taught by Professor D.B. Palmer.

I am thrilled to be able to spend time with my peers and friends in the Alaskan film industry, and honored to be able to present the opening workshop for the festival. – DB Palmer

Gulkana Raft Guiding
Gulkana Raft Guiding

Here’s a link to the Seward City News article. CLICK HERE.

For more information regarding Expeditionary Film School of Alaska’s latest course offerings, click here!

Have you seen our student films?

One of our students in the previous semester’s Adventure Filmmaking Field Seminar completed the film, “Get Out”, in just 10 days of filming, adventures, and editing. Fantastic work, Adam!

Our next field-based course is ODS 293, Adventure Filmmaking Field Seminar, taking place in CORDOVA ALASKA over six (6) days, including the Alaska State Ferry, backpacking, camping, and access to the University of Alaska / Prince William Sound College Digital Video Editing Studio in Valdez, Alaska. The course features Michael Brown and DB Palmer as co-leaders and faculty. Our last trek was full, and we expect this trek to fill very quickly. Keep watching the website for more info or email sfoster@pwscc.edu to get on the list!

What’s happening this summer?

pioneer outfitters & terry overlyODS 293 ST: Adventure Filmmaking Field Seminar- Alaskan Backcountry Horse-Packing (3)- Bb/Web with field dates (6/16-26), and class dates at the end (6/27-30)- course fee $1255. This is an EPIC TREK-BASED course!

ODS 298 Film Research (3) June 7-14, 8am-8pm, course fee $75- Instructor permission or prereq.- Local Course!AFSA PWSCC

ODS 153 Beginning Sea Kayaking (1)- August 13 & 14 6-8pm, and field dates of Aug 15-17, additional course fee $200

ODS 167 Intro to the Study of Adventure Film (3)- Totally Online.

Email Shannon Foster (registrar) at sfoster@pwscc.edu
Go online at https://uaonline.alaska.edu/
See you in class!