Thompson Rivers University

Sarah Osberg

Name: Sarah Osberg
Position: Lecturer
Affiliation: Adventure Studies
Phone: 250-371-5842


Adventure Tourism
Guide Training and Development
Instructional Skills and Coaching
Group Development and Process
Outdoor Education
Interpretation and Natural Sciences
Human-Nature Relationships
Expedition Travel
Wild Places

As a general statement, Sarah enjoys adventuring outdoors with others. More specifically, she finds flow in the following outdoor pursuits: open ocean sea kayaking, powder skiing, glacier travel, alpine hiking, multi-pitch rock climbing and a good bushwhack once in a while.

Research Interests

Sarah's research is integrated with her teaching and service. Her research interests involve self-propelled outdoor pursuits, expedition experiences, leadership and group development and relationships with our natural environment. She is currently supervising two undergraduate research theses and is often a reader for others.


MSc, University of Edinburgh, Outdoor, Environmental and Sustainability Education (2012)
BEd, University of Victoria, Degree focus in Community, Culture and the Environment (2004)


Osberg, S. (2018). Chapter 4. Wilderness Ethics and Ecology. Summer Mountaineering Leader. Alpine
Club of Canada, Canada.

Osberg, S. (2017). Chapter 4. Wilderness Ethics and Ecology. Winter backcountry leader; field
handbook. Alpine Club of Canada, Canada.

Osberg, S. (2017). Chapter 6. Winter Camping. Winter backcountry leader; field handbook. Alpine
Club of Canada, Canada.

Cloutier, R., Osberg, S., Webster, D. (2016). Commercial Sea Kayak Opportunity Study, Lake Melville
and the North Labrador Coast. Tourism opportunity assessment for the Nunatsiavut Government.

Employment History

Sarah began teaching in the Adventure Studies department in 2014. She coordinates the sea kayak program and teaches in the Adventure Guide Certificate and Diploma. She feels fortunate to be working with invested students in a diverse and growing field.

Her professional resume includes guiding and instructional adventures in mountains and oceans from Alaska to Patagonia, with a location focus on British Columbia and Washington State.

Key professional work has involved: training future wilderness leaders within such organizations as Outward Bound, National Outdoor Leadership School and Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training, teaching outdoor education high school specialty programs and guiding sea kayaking and hiking, among other pursuits.

Courses Taught

Classroom Courses:
ADVG 1010-3 The Adventure Industry
ADVG 1020-3 Wilderness Travel
ADVG 2010-3 The Wilderness Environment
ADVG 2830-3 Expedition Planning and Leadership

Field Courses:
ADVG 1020-3 Fall Hiking & Winter Environment Sections
ADVG 1550-2 Ski Skills
ADVG 1900-2 Expedition
ADVG 2640-2 Sea Kayak 1
ADVG 2650-2 Sea Kayak 2
ADCG 2652-2 Sea Kayak 3

Professional Affiliations

Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC, Professional Member since 2007, Executive Board and Vice President since 2017, Level 3 Guide, Guide Trainer

Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, Professional Member since 2016, Hiking Guide

Paddle Canada, Professional Member since 2016, Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor, Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor Trainer

Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia, Professional Member since 2001, Flatwater Canoe Instructor Trainer, Canoe Tripping Instructor

BC College of Teachers, Professional Member since 2004

Canadian Avalanche Association, Affiliate Member since 2015


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