I have developed a structured, creative, and practical process to plan outcome-driven field-based courses. I would like to share this process with other ecologists so they too can efficiently plan effective, engaging field courses. This workshop will include short lectures about preferred practices in outdoor and experiential education, group discussions, creative brainstorming sessions, and independent work time. Attendees will bring course ideas to the workshop and leave with an actionable plan. They will clarify their learning outcomes, consider risks in planned course activities, build course calendars that maximize group development while minimizing logistical stress, and form strategies to continuously improve their courses. Participants will also be encouraged to share teaching stories throughout the workshop in order to form a supportive community of inspiring peers that will stay connected via Internet after the workshop.