Outdoor Education Classes



Outdoor Education Classes


What:  These classes are conducted by the employees of COPA.  They have drawn on their backgrounds and experiences.  We hear YOU, our customer, tell stories of using COPA equipment and where you have been.  Then take portions from outdoor educators, and environmental organizations, and the State agencies that oversee where you could think of taking COPA equipment.  The ultimate goal is for you to have a fun and safe experience outdoors, in the State of Arkansas or elsewhere.


When: Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Where: HPER Center Classroom (by the swimming pool)


FREE – No Reservations Required




Thursday, February 2nd: Intermediate Biking

Monday, February 6th: Outdoor Fitness

Thursday, February 16th: Leave No Trace (LNT) Principles – Summarized

Monday, February 20th: Intermediate Biking


Thursday, March 2nd: Spring Break Planning

Monday, March 6th: Fishing

Thursday, March 16th: Glamping


Monday, April 3rd: Planning Summer Floats

Thursday, April 13th: Beyond Car Camping

Monday, April 17th: Biking 101

Thursday, April 27th: De-Stressing in Outdoors


Description of classes

Biking for Beginners

Streamlined information from the League of American Bicyclists, covering basic rules of the road and components of a bicycle, and educating you on what bike is best for you.

Intermediate Biking

Come learn the benefits of road and mountain bike riding, maximize your enjoyment, and what can be done to progress your existing skills.

Outdoor Fitness

This is not your exercise stations at the local park.  Find out what gear is best to have, how to physically prepare yourself, and limit aches and injuries.  You will also learn where to hit the trail with the bike or paddle down the creek and burn some calories, whether by yourself or with a local organization.


Glamorous camping for college students will inform you how to plan for the outdoors, but not give up the comforts of home.  Get ready to pull the tent from the car, turn on your Bluetooth, and update your status in the woods.

Outdoor Planning for Spring Break

Did you procrastinate planning or low on funds?  Instead of staring at the walls in the apartment until school is back in, make a break for the outdoors.  The only starts you are rating are in the sky and you will be telling everyone about your wild adventures.  Learn of some options in Arkansas and points to consider for elsewhere.


Learn the various types of fish in Arkansas, the techniques to catch them, which times of the year are best for each.  This and more information to give you a better chance at catching the BIG ONE!!!

Planning Summer Floats

Do not let your plans run aground or sink like the Titanic.  Whether canoe or kayak, on moving or still water, solo outing or the flotilla of friends; learn where to go, how to go, and other information to paddle past the headaches.

Beyond Car Camping

Time to break away from glamping, but not quite Bear Grylls.  Pack your gear in the backpack or on the bike and head out.  Learn how and what to pack for a trip (3 to 5 days) away from the city and possibly civilization.

De-stressing in the Outdoors

Stressed out over finals?  Let the calming breeze and warming sun of the outdoors soothe your mind.  Learn effective ways to pair relaxation and productivity to maximize your ability to think.

Leave No Trace (LNT) Principles– Summarized

LNT is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands.  The seven principles are summarized, along with certification information for Online Awareness Training.


Leave No Trace (LNT) Principles – Awareness Workshop

LNT is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used with the following federal and state land management agencies: National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers and the National Association of State Park Directors.

After completing ALL (7) Principles, receive Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop Certification.

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare – Adequate trip planning and preparation helps backcountry travelers accomplish trip goals safely and enjoyably, while simultaneously minimizing damage to the land.
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces – The goal of backcountry travel is to move through the backcountry while avoiding damage to the land.
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly – Proper human waste disposal, disease implication, and other negative implications.
  4. Leave What You Find – Allow others a sense of discovery by leaving rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts –The use of campfires, once a necessity for cooking and warmth, is steeped in history and tradition. Some people would not think of camping without a campfire. Campfire building is also an important skill for every camper.
  6. Respect Wildlife – Learn about wildlife through quiet observation. Do not disturb wildlife or plants just for a “better look”.
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors – One of the most important components of outdoor ethics is to maintain courtesy toward other visitors.


FREE – No Reservations Required