How to Become a TRiP Leader

  • Want to learn the skills to guide others in the wilderness?
  • Want to develop your leadership in a unique way?
  • Want to work for CORE’s Travel and Recreation Program (TRiP)?

CORE Grant

    • Two $160 CORE Grant awards are available to help fund the Outdoor Leadership Course. The CORE Grant is established to help ease barriers to participation in outdoor recreation. Students must demonstrate financial need in order to qualify for the grant, and the grant will only be applied if students are accepted into the course.

Applications for the CORE Grant award are due by Monday, November 16th, along with a cover letter and resume.

Apply for the $160 CORE Grant award here

The CORE Grant is only avaible for UF Students

Learn More At the zoom information session

Get the room link by emailing Makenzie Simonson AND Braja Smith

Info sessions on:

  • November 5th 5-7pm
  • November 9th 5-7pm

Show up with questions ready!

You will gain competence in group management, risk management and technical outdoor skills through interactive experiences in the classroom and in the field. Upon successful course completion, you will be eligible to hold a TRiP Leader position for the Center for Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE).

This course will meet once per week for 3 hours: Time and day TBD

There is an option to receive up to 3 UF credit hours.

Apply To Enroll In The Spring 2020 Outdoor Leadership Course (OLC)!

By November 16th, 2020 at 11:59pm.

Send your resume and cover letter to Makenzie Simonson AND Braja Smith

Make sure to include in your cover letter:

Why is outdoor recreation important?

What would CORE gain from having you as a TRiP Leader?

Why do you want to be a TRiP Leader?

Upon review of your application, you may be asked to attend a group interview on November 21st anywhere from 9am-5pm. Please keep this date free as it is critical to the interviewing process.

Course Information:

COST: $420

Course Cost Includes:

Weekly training classes (one day per week for 3 hours) TBD

Florida Outdoor Recreation Association (FLORA) Conference on Zoom

Training Trips:

Canoeing Training

Backpacking Training

Surfing Training

Mountain Bike Training

iMMERSiON Training


Basic Water Safety Certification: Date TBD


You are required to attend weekly TRiP meetings once a week for one hour, day and time TBD
You are required to attend all trainings and certifications listed above in order to enroll in the course.

Course Cost Does NOT Include:

A Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification must be obtained outside of class to be eligible to be hired as a TRiP Leader. We will be hosting a WFR for a discounted price in May break 2021 for any students that currently do not have it and that will be taking the Outdoor Leadership Course in Spring.

Any Questions?

Call: (352) 294-1044
Visit: 1441 Bledsoe Drive
E-mail: Makenzie Simonson at
E-mail: Braja Smith at