Outdoors in Education-Challenge Course Fundamentals course at Fort Lewis College in Durango CO

Challenge Course

“Many would say that a challenge course is simply an elaborate playground that affords a participant fun along with a sense of adventure.  In some ways this is true, but such a statement is much too limited in what it conveys.”

– Camille Bunting, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

(Former professor of outdoor education and prominent challenge course researcher)

For the beginning adventure education professional, Challenge Course Programming (AE 251) covers important content.  After all, challenge courses are ubiquitous in our profession, and trends suggest this will continue.  Simply put, they allow us to “bring the adventure to our backyard.”  Their popularity has resulted, in part, from their accessibility and controllability – qualities inherent to many “artificial” adventure learning environments – both of which can yield powerful learning experiences that can be facilitated to apply to home, work or school.

This course introduces the class to the operation of a variety of low and high challenge course initiatives for adventure programming in problem solving, trust, team building, self-confidence, and communication skills. Includes belay and high ropes rescue techniques.

For more information about Fort Lewis College’s Adventure Education program visit: http://www.fortlewis.edu/adventureed/Home.aspx  

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2 Responses to “Outdoors in Education-Challenge Course Fundamentals course at Fort Lewis College in Durango CO”

  1. perteet_j says:

    Thanks for your question! Currently, Fort Lewis College is a 4-year undergraduate degree university. We are, however, developing a pilot Master of Education program with an eye to creating more in the future. You might try Eastern Washington University for M.S. with a minor in challenge course programming or Plymouth State University. Good luck!

  2. Daniel says:

    Do you have any masters degrees in challenge course administration/operation? If not what about behavioral sciences?

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