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The Top 5 Job Opportunities for a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fort Lewis College in Adventure Education

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

 

Frequently we are asked by parents of prospective students “what can you do with an Adventure Education degree?” Here is a list of the top 5 job opportunities for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Adventure Education:

  1. School-based outdoor education and adventure education programs These are typically programs in independent schools. This past year one of our AE students did an internship at Timberline Academy in Durango, and then was immediately hired as a teacher at that school. Other examples of schools that hire staff to run their outdoor programs include Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Sandia Prep and Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque, NM, Chapman School in California, a large number of prep schools in New England (i.e. Proctor Academy, Holderness School, White Mountain School, etc), Wasatch Academy in Utah currently has one of our AE majors interning there in their Outdoor Program.
  2. College recreation programs Last spring we posted a job for an Outdoor Recreation Director at Harvard University which required a B.A. in Adventure Education. Last year one of our AE graduates interned at a 2 year college in Coeur de Alene, Idaho. Another of our AE graduates did an internship with the University of Las Vegas-Nevada.
  3. Adventure Therapy or Wilderness Therapy programs such as Open Sky Wilderness based in Durango, CO. Last year our AE 450 class “Organization and Administration of Adventure Education” did an extensive accreditation review project with Open Sky. Other therapeutic programs are in almost every state.
  4. Environmental Education programs such as Keystone Environmental Center. Many states have an outdoor/environmental education center that school districts send all their 6th graders to for a week. These programs hire staff. Another of our AE graduates did an internship with Southwest Conservation Corps.
  5. Other Independent programs such as Boojum Institute in California (works with school, community and corporate groups), ropes course programs and of course seasonal work in programs such as Outward Bound and NOLS. Our Adventure Education program sent another of our AE graduates to intern with an environmental canopy tours program in North Carolina.

As you can see from the list above, there are MANY job opportunities for employment with a degree in Adventure Education. The Bureau of Labor statistics also predicts that from 2010-2024 jobs in this category are expected to grow faster than average.

Adventure Education Upper Level Course AE450-Organization and Administration

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Every year this  class has a different hands-on project, which helps give a student practical experience while still in school.  This year Fort Lewis College’s Adventure Education 450 class will execute a grass roots production of the annual regional Association for Experiential Education’s conference, to be held in Keystone, CO in March of 2013. 

 

AE 450 primarily consists of three major professional projects to integrate the above topics. The first two involve you in front of a public audience of professionals, with real consequences for good or bad work. The third involves a real accident that resulted in fatalities.

Organization and Administration of Adventure Education is a common capstone senior-level course offered at colleges and universities around the country offering comprehensive adventure education undergraduate degree programs. AE 450 can be your professional opportunity enhancer. The material in this course will help you go beyond your first, entry-level job in adventure education. This course prepares you for that second or third job, where you will be expected to assume critical responsibilities that affect a program’s future and client safety. The assumption is that at some point in your career your job will expand to include developing or managing some part of an adventure education program. However, many students actually find that they use what they learn in this course before they even graduate, during their internship, because many internships will involve you in a project that includes some program or staff development opportunities. A previous O & A student summed up his course experience this way:

In the beginning I didn’t know exactly what I was going to learn in Organization and Administration. I figured I might learn how to run a camp or organization of some sort, but I had no idea I would be learning so much of what really goes into the administrative positions. I feel we went above and beyond our intake of this material considering the time we had together … Whether I end up guiding or creating new programs, everything that I learned will provide more knowledge and experience in the roles of my decision making.

Our goal for your Bachelor of Arts degree in Adventure Education is to give you the best preparation for your Outdoor Leadership career!  Check out more information about Fort Lewis College and the Adventure Education program on Facebook or the Adventure Ed website.

Course AE 101-“Foundations of Adventure Education” Introduces the Meaning of Outdoor Education

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The primary purpose of this course, is for you to explore the match between you and adventure education. You will have opportunities to determine how you wish to be involved in the profession of using outdoor education, by discovering professional career paths—those that generally require a college degree—in schools, outdoor and environmental education programs, therapeutic adventure programs, and more.

 

An ADVENTURE EDUCATION “expedition”:

Think of Foundations of Adventure Education as your 15-week adventure expedition. Adventures involve risk, expanding one’s comfort zone, and embracing the unknown. Successful expedition teams work together to accomplish common goals, with everyone giving 110%. Here in this course, the risks usually won’t be physical ones, but you may encounter potential academic risks. Just like in the wilderness, these risks are best managed when everyone is prepared and committed to learning, which promotes a community of trust and mutual support. Although broad topic areas and much of the reading material that takes us toward our goals is determined, you will be involved in some of the decisions along the path.

If this sounds like a course you would like to take as part of your degree path for Adventure Education, learn more at:  Fort Lewis College/Adventure Ed  or see what our current students, alumni and faculty are talking about in the world of Adventure Education on our Facebook Group page http://www.fortlewis.edu/adventureed/Home.aspx

Adventure Education Immersion Semester among “Wildest”

Monday, October 1st, 2012

As our outdoor education program grows, with Fort Lewis College offering a Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of Adventure Education, so does our “notoriety”.  

The former CEO of Forbes.com, Jim Spanfeller, has launched an outdoors/active-lifestyle publication, The Active Times, based in New York-and chose to feature our Immersion Semester as one of  “6 wildest college semesters”.   Read the article here  http://www.theactivetimes.com/classrooms-view

Fort Lewis College has offered the outdoor education-based degree for the last 5 years and has grown in enrollment an average of 30% per year since it’s inception.  Highlights that separate our program from others include an internship in the field for credit, senior research project and the immersion semester, where you take only Adventure Education courses for a full semester.

For more information on our program, visit our website at http://www.fortlewis.edu/adventureed/Home.aspx

Adventure Education Immersion Semester Highlights

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

One of the unique program offerings that the Bachelor of Arts degree has is the “Immersion” semester.

This is a 15-credit immersion semester where you take only Adventure Education courses, spending 4 to 10 days at a time backpacking and canoeing in the mountains and deserts of the Four Corners region. Courses include Wilderness Expedition (AE 201), Adventure Leadership (AE 210), Teaching Methods for Adventure Educators (AE 220), Wilderness First Responder (230), Challenge Course Fundamentals (AE 251). Students participate in outdoor education, learning by doing what they will be teaching others.

Check out our Facebook Group page “Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College” for more photos of these expeditions, as well as other AE courses, or learn more about this Bachelor of Arts degree program at http://www.fortlewis.edu/adventureed/Home.aspx.

No better Adventure Education location besides NZ? Outside Magazine thinks so!

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Durango makes the list as runner up to Best Adventure Hub WORLDWIDE! Second only to NZ? Thanks, Outside Magazine!!

Best Adventure Hubs

Durango, Colorado
Durango an adventure-sports capital? Go in April and you’ll see why. Within an hour of town, you can ski spring corn, nordic-ski around an alpine lake, kayak the Animas River, catch fat trout, hike a thirteener, ride 10,000-foot passes on a dizzy-making scenic byway, and mountain-bike blue-ribbon singletrack. Packed with college students and young transplants, the populace is uniquely devoted to the pursuit of fun, which might explain the four microbreweries and outsize nightlife for a town of 16,000 three hours from an interstate. Stay at the Rochester, a historic hotel that has a full breakfast and free cruiser bikes for guests (from $129). Large groups can base-camp at the Treehouse, a downtown vacation rental with a hot tub, views of the mountains, and singletrack right out the back door (from $1,400 per week for up to ten).

Did we mention the 300-plus days of sunshine?

Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College shares video of Immersion Semester trip

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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One of the great things about the B.A. degree in Adventure Education from Fort Lewis College is the Immersion Semester-where you take only Adventure Education courses, spending 4-10 days at a time backpacking and canoeing in the mountains and deserts of the Four Corners region.  This video was shot by one of our students on the 10-day course which went to Utah.

This Immersion Semester gives you 15 credits towards your degree and also includes a Wilderness First Responder class where you will receive your certification, and an option of taking either a “special topics” course (Fall 2012 will be a canyoneering course) or a Challenge Course Programming class.  What a great way to get your B.A. in Adventure Education-experiential learning in what we consider an unparallelled location that offers a variety of experiences, all close by!

5 great things about the Adventure Education Bachelor of Arts degree program from Fort Lewis College

Friday, January 20th, 2012
Some highlights of the Adventure Education program for your consideration!  Listed below are some of the reasons our students choose our outdoor education program:
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  •  A 15-credit immersion semester where you take only Adventure Education courses, spending 4 to 10 days at a time backpacking and canoeing in the mountains and deserts of the Four Corners region. Courses include Wilderness Expedition (AE 201), Adventure Leadership (AE 210), Teaching Methods for Adventure Educators (AE 220), Wilderness First Responder (230), Challenge Course Fundamentals (AE 251).
  •   Experiential and project-based instruction where you learn by doing, as well as by reading and writing about what you’re doing. You produce projects and programs for real client groups, attend and present workshops at professional conferences, and have opportunities to do actual teaching.
  •   Accrue at least 60 days of leadership and instruction experience, beyond class time, typically through summer jobs you must plan for with camps and outdoor programs. This is a required prerequisite for the internship for AE majors.
  •   A three-course research requirement for AE majors, where you learn statistics, research methodology, and create and present an original piece of research to the campus community. Research skills make you more employable with programs that analyze data to describe their results.
  •   An internship with an adventure-based program lasting 7 to 15 weeks. The internship for AE majors is often a stepping stone to your first job as an adventure educator.
These are the things that make a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fort Lewis College in Adventure Education a valuable investment for life! 

Some AWESOME Testimonials from Adventure Education Alumni of Fort Lewis College!

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

 

Great alumni testimonials about Adventure Education Bachelor of Arts degree on our Facebook Group page for Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College!  Facebook.  Here is one from a 2011 graduate of the Adventure Ed program-Mr. Skyeler Congdon.

To those of you who might be stressed and burned out this week; to those of you who have begun to second guess their desire to major in AE; to anyone who needs to know this b***sh*** is worth it:

As a recent graduate of this program, I have been offered several jobs already and just accepted one that I thought I’d share with you: I’m a new Overseas Educator with Carpe Diem Education! We offer study abroad programs all over the world that are experiential in design and transformative in scope!

Next semester I’ll be leading a 90 day trip in the South Pacific that incorporates service learning, homestays, adventure sports, and contemplative practice.

Please don’t think I’m trying to brag, rather I want to show you that this program is totally legit for allowing you to find your dream jobs, whatever they may be! Stick with it, and you’ll be at the front of the pack in an increasingly competitive field.

If anyone would like some help with career planning or any advice on how to get dope jobs within this industry, feel free to contact me with any questions.

So stay with it, homies, and take these AE courses seriously! I kinda wish I studies a little harder now that I’m out and actually have to use this crap;)

Cheers,
Skyeler Congdon

Graduates are finding great jobs with their degree in fields of employment that use their degree.  Not to mention great satisfaction as well!  Thanks and a big CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR FORT LEWIS COLLEGE ADVENTURE EDUCATION GRADUATES!!!!

Adventure Education Immersion Semester Highlights

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

One of the unique program offerings that the Bachelor of Arts degree has is the “Immersion” semester.  

This is a  15-credit immersion semester where you take only Adventure Education courses, spending 4 to 10 days at a time backpacking and canoeing in the mountains and deserts of the Four Corners region. Courses include Wilderness Expedition (AE 201), Adventure Leadership (AE 210), Teaching Methods for Adventure Educators (AE 220), Wilderness First Responder (230), Challenge Course Fundamentals (AE 251).  Students participate in outdoor education, learning by doing what they will be teaching others.

Check out our Facebook Group page “Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College” for more photos of these expeditions, as well as other AE courses.