Summer 2015- Adventure Film & Outdoor Studies in Alaska

As we near our sophomore year of operation, we have gained traction quickly as the *first and only accredited adventure film program within a university system. We have begun some very exciting collaborations with Alaskan organizations, filmmakers, and educators; and, we are ready to offer our students unparalleled access to these opportunities.

Register for classes here! Select Summer 2015, PWSCC Campus, and ODS

Summer 2015 Options:

Dr. Palmer leading a raft trip on the Gulkana River.
Dr. Palmer leading a raft trip on the Gulkana River.

ODS 152- Beginning Rafting: Join us for a multi-day raft/float on the Copper River with the Wrangell St. Elias National Park Service from Chistochina to Chitina, Alaska. We will be shooting a short video for the National Park Service. Students are NOT required to be film students, but can assist as they choose. May 18-21/22

ODS 112- Swiftwater Rescue Technician: co-taught by ODS and Rescue 3 International.

The SRT1 course provides rescuers with the fundamentals of survival in moving water and is recommended for anyone who may be called upon to effect in-water rescues. Students gain knowledge in hydrology and river classifications, size-up, site control and scene management. Practical skills include self-rescue, swiftwater swimming and the fundamentals of shore, boat and in-water rescues. Additionally students are introduced to the basics of boat handling and the fundamentals of rope rescue including mechanical advantage and anchor systems. The SRT1 class also provides the rescuer the foundation to the NFPA Swiftwater Technician level. Swiftwater Technician level is a mandatory training level for inclusion on a Federal Emergency Management Agency Swiftwater/Flood Search and Rescue Team at all Team levels. May 29-31

ODS 295- ODS Internship (by arrangement with Dr. Palmer)

ODS 298- Adventure Research & Creative Activity: Join Dr. Palmer’s summeEFSA Circular Logo- Axes canoes and Aurorar adventure project (film-based). A collaboration with multiple adventure and wilderness-based organizations. As this is a project-based course, students will be selected based on their experience and interests.

Students in ODS 298 do not have to participate in all/any field sections to participate in this course. Participation will be discussed with Dr. Palmer, directly, as this is a creative research project.

ClassesODS 153- Beginning Sea Kayaking: Join ACA Deputy State Director/Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor, DB Palmer, for two practice evenings and then a day-trip in the Bay of Valdez, Alaska! This course is suited, and designed for, beginning sea kayakers (those with little/no experience). Join us for the chance to paddle your local paradise with small class size. Each student will paddle a solo boat! This course has three sections, and students sign up for just one of them.


Register for classes here! Select Summer 2015, PWSCC Campus, and ODS

Summer 2015 Collaborations (partial list):

BLM logoWSE NPS logoCopper River Watershed project logoRescue 3 logo



*We are the first and only accredited adventure film program housed in an academic degree program, as far as we are aware.

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.