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

By , April 3, 2013 9:00 am

 

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 Immersion Semester Highlights

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By , December 6, 2011 11:52 am

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.

Why Adventure Education is so suited to Durango, CO-even Outside Magazine says so…

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By , September 19, 2011 9:33 am

Animas River Valley

Animas River Valley near Durango    Photographer: Greentheory

Durango, Colorado

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Think of it as a border town. It has Southwest underpinnings—Mesa Verde National Park is only 47 miles to the west—but because it sits in the lush Animas River Valley, it serves as the geographic and cultural link between high desert and high country. A thousand miles of mountain-biking trails surround the city (pop. 16,900), the largest wilderness area in Colorado is just to the north (500,000-acre Weminuche Wilderness), two ski resorts are an easy drive away, and the paddle-friendly Animas flows almost down Main Street. At night, four local craft breweries appease the nearly 4,000 students at Fort Lewis College.

Outside Magazine, October 2011

Adventure Education’s Popular Immersion Semester Underway at Fort Lewis College

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By , September 14, 2011 12:28 pm

So what exactly IS the Immersion Semester, you ask?  How about:  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 (AE220).  The immersion semester is designed to be a four-month experience where your academic focus is only Adventure Education.   The entire semester-in the classroom, in the field, and study and preparation time in-between-is like an expedition, where you are part of a small learning community having shared goals. 

 This year’s groups went for their first expedition of 4 days into the Wilderness around Engineer Peak.  Here is just a few of the vistas that they passed through during class:

Five Great Reasons to Get A B.A. in Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College

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By , September 2, 2011 8:33 am

Another magazine (in this case, Men’s Journal) declares Durango CO the best place for an outdoor life!  It is also one of the great reasons that makes the Bachelor of Arts program of Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College (location location location) a hands-down choice for your degree.  Not to mention great instructors, curriculum and low cost.  More reasons to come here?  How about:

1.   ACADEMIC RIGOR
We are one of the few undergraduate programs in the country to require our majors to do a senior research project. This makes our graduates very competitive which graduate schools and employers love. In addition, we require our graduates to complete an internship. Together, we believe these experiences will set you apart from similar degree programs. 

2.   OUR FACULTY
Have years of real-world experience. They’ve directed Outward Bound schools, started prominent outdoor programs, taught in K-12 schools, and worked and ventured all over the world. One has served as a board member of the Association for Experiential Education, our largest professional organization www.aee.org  
 

3.  PUBLIC LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE
Fort Lewis is a gem of a school! As a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges http://www.coplac.org, we’re part of a prestigious group of affordable, yet rigorous, liberal arts colleges that focus on undergraduates. 

4.  INNOVATIVE COURSES
We offer a variety of innovative courses for our majors and minors in everything from teaching methods for adventure educators to backcountry skiing. And, since we’re affiliated with a liberal arts college, our majors can easily earn a minor in one of many fields of study from environmental studies to anthropology to business. 

5.   DURANGO IS A GREAT COLLEGE TOWN
Durango is one of those special places in Colorado that is unforgettable. Surprisingly sophisticated, this town with a year round population of 16,000+ boasts nearly as many dining establishments per capita, as San Francisco! The downtown area on the National Historic Register, retains its Victorian charm, and teems with galleries, great shopping and other entertaining pursuits.

Wander just a few miles outside of town, and a world of outdoor activities awaits; world class downhill skiing, mountain biking, gold medal trout fishing, and river rafting/kayaking to name just a few.

And Men’s Journal is just the most recent to declare Durango a favorite outdoor place.  Here’s a few (ok, a LOT) of other’s opinions: 

Destinations Magazine calls Durango a Creative Haven.

Mountain Bike Magazine ranks Durango under Best Fans, Best Promoter, Ed Zink, and Coolest Dirt Destination.

Hooked on the Outdoors places The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic and Animas River Days as “Can’t Miss Events”.

Paddler ranks Durango in the Top 10 Best Whitewater Towns.

Western Style states, “Vallecito Lake is considered to be one of Colorado’s most beautiful lake resorts.” And calls Durango a “must see.”

Sports Illustrated for Women ranks Durango as the Best Mountain Biking.

Hooked on the Outdoors “Most classic boots, bike and boat travel in the southwest.” Bike: Molas Pass with soaring scenery and trail cracking 11,000 feet make this one a classic, even for Durango standards.

Hooked on the Outdoors “Hot Winter Sports”, Durango Mountain Resort boasts an average of 260 inches of white stuff and more than 300 bluebird skies per year.

Outside Magazine ranks Fort Lewis College among America’s top 40 colleges and universities.

Princeton Review ranks Fort Lewis College among best western colleges.

Where to Retire ranks Durango in the top 8 for Great Towns for Art and Music.

Society of American Travel Writers ranks Durango and Silverton Train ride as Top 10 most exciting train journeys in the world.

Ski Magazine ranks Durango #1 for weather.

Outside Magazine ranks Durango as Top 15 sports towns.

Ski Magazine ranks Durango in the Top 10 most livable ski towns in America.

Ski America stamps Durango as a hidden gem.

Mountain Bike Magazine lists Durango to Silverton ride as a sample of great rides.

4-Wheel Drive and Sport Utility states, “The San Juan Jeep trails are the most beautiful and the most popular alpine four wheel drive trails in America.”

Mountain Bike Magazine ranks Durango in the Top 10 Best Mountain Bike Towns.

Fitness Plus states, “ Durango is an outdoor paradise, it is Colorado’s secret hideaway, an old mining town , Durango is the perfect summer getaway.”

For more detailed information about the Adventure Education B.A. program please vist our website at http://explore.fortlewis.edu/adventureed/index.asp  It’s all good!

Gearing up for the Adventure Education Program at Fort Lewis College Fall 2011

By , August 16, 2011 12:57 pm

The B.A. Adventure Education Program here in Durango CO is getting ready to welcome the largest group of students yet to be enrolled at Fort Lewis College since the program’s inception in 2007!     We are psyched for another great year of students who want to use the outdoors as a career in Adventure Education that will keep them in the great outdoors and provide a service to others as well. 

When you major in Adventure Ed, we provide all group gear—tarps and tents, cooking equipment, food, first aid kits, a satellite phone, maps, GPS devices, etc. You need to provide your own personal gear such as backpack, sleeping bag and pad, hiking boots, clothing, etc  Please find listed below some good resources for you to find your own personal gear:

Resources for Discount Outdoor Equipment

•     Sierra Trading Postwww.Sierratradingpost.com

Discounts of 35-70% on name brand outdoor gear, including backpacks, sleeping bags, climbing gear, and clothing.

•     Campmorwww.campmor.com

A discount outdoor equipment retailer for name brands.

•     REI Outletwww.rei.com/outlet  

•     Local seasonal sales: Gardenswarz fair ground sales, ski swaps, etc.

If you have more questions or need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact the program director, Dr. Bob Stremba at stremba_b@fortlewis.edu

Here’s to the best academic year yet!

The powpow has started to fall!

By , October 13, 2010 7:36 am

In the last two weeks, we have seen dustings of snow in the high country around Durango, CO!  Although the snow has come and gone, it is a signal of the winter sports activities to come here in the Adventure Ed program at Fort Lewis College.  Winter semester classes being offered for 2011 include telemark skiing, winter expedition skills, and mountaineering to complement the courses of teaching methods for Adventure Educators, Philosophy and Theory of Adventure Education, Organization and Administration of Adventure Education, and Adventure Education Practicum. 

ADVISING WILL BEGIN IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS!!  Dates will be provided to AE students via the listserv, as well as being posted here once our meeting dates have been firmed up later this week.  Faculty and staff look forward to meeting with all our majors, and expect to see new students coming into the program as well.  Please call or email the Office Manager, JC Perteet at perteet_J@fortlewis.edu (970)247-6383 if you have questions!

Adventure Education in the Wilderness

By , September 30, 2010 1:59 pm

The Block semester of the AE program is getting ready to complete their third, and final expedition tomorrow.  These students have previously been out on  4 day and 7 day expeditions to some awesome wilderness venues above Durango Mountain Resort, Vallecito Creek trailhead, Coalbank ,Molas Pass and the Rico-Silverton Trail.  This is an intensive four month experience where the academic focus is only Adventure Education.  The entire semester-in the classroom, in the field, and study and preparation time in-between-is like an expedition, where students are part of a small learning community with shared goals.  These goals are to include academic and personal success, with collaborative support to reach these goals.

On the whole, the faculty considers this to be a demanding semester in terms of the amount of work it requires and the intellectual engagement it will demand.  Most notably, students are expected to think critically and be able to read, synthesize and engage with a  large volume of material in a relatively short time and throughout it all, they have a lot of good times as you can see from these photos!

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