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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.

Telemark Skiing AE 141-Backcountry Skiing in the San Juan Mountains around Fort Lewis College

Monday, November 26th, 2012


This course, offered by the Adventure Education B.A. degree program at Fort Lewis College in Durango CO, is an introduction to telemark and backcountry skiing for the adventure educator.  It includes turning, body position, selection, use and maintenance of equipment, safety procedures, group management, and winter alpine Leave No Trace practices.  This course is restricted to Adventure Education majors and minors. 


Prerequisites: Adventure Education major. Students who anticipate declaring an Adventure Education minor should speak with the instructor about waiver of prerequisites.  Additional course fee: $150, paid when you registered (which covers gear maintenance and replacement, ski passes, and transportation).

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?

Conference brings adventure education professionals to Fort Lewis College campus

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Lee Frazer, assistant professor in FLC's Adventure Education major, instructs students.

Lee Frazer, assistant professor in FLC’s Adventure Education major, instructs students.

There’s no better setting for outdoor education enthusiasts to gather than on a campus surrounded by inspiring mountain vistas.

That’s what the members of the Association for Experiential Education will get when the 2012 Rocky Mountain Region AEE conference convenes on the Fort Lewis College campus Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25. The AEE’s Rocky Mountain Region includes Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and Sonora and Sinaloa, Mexico.

And for students in the Fort Lewis College Adventure Education program, it’s an opportunity to meet and work with professionals and practitioners in the field, as well as other students, professors, and educators.

“This is a a chance for students to get immersed in the professional scene of adventure education, because there will be people here from all over the region,” says Adventure Education Director and Professor Bob Stremba. “And it’s also a chance for adventure education students to present a workshop in front those people. They’ll get great experience and feedback.”

In the Fort Lewis College Adventure Education program, students learn how to lead, teach, and facilitate in a variety of settings that use outdoor and adventure environments, focusing on human-powered outdoor pursuits, including backpacking, ropes-challenge courses, rock climbing, mountaineering, and river running.

Thanks to FLC’s location between the southern Rocky Mountains and the desert Southwest, the program’s students are in the field about 40 percent of the time, some even spending seven-week blocks that include 21 days in the mountains, rivers and canyons of Colorado and Utah, learning about wilderness expedition planning, adventure leadership, and methods of teaching adventure education.

The AEE conference will feature speakers, student research presentations and poster sessions, and the announcing of annual awards for Experiential Leader, Organizational Member, and Rising Star of the Year awards. There will also be dozens of workshops, including telemark ski instructing, swiftwater rescue, and adaptive winter sports guiding.

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

Monday, February 27th, 2012


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!

Dream Town=Durango AND an Adventure Education degree program too? SWEET!

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012



Read below exactly what makes Fort Lewis College’s location unparalleled for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Adventure Education! 

By most ski town standards, Durango, Colorado, doesn’t hold up to the dramatic proximity of, say, an Aspen or Telluride, where slopes stare you in the face just leaving the grocery store. But what makes this southwestern town (pop.16,000) so dreamy is what it’s not. There’s no gondola you can catch just outside a sushi joint, but look north, where the 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains form a serrated horizon, where acres upon acres of lift, snowcat, backcounty and heli-accessed skiing provide nearly year-round opportunities. No, Durango is not technically a ski town (unless of course you count city-run Chapman Hill, the in-town double rope tow slope where kids learn to ski under the lights). Rather a mountain-biking, kayaking, rock climbing, fly-fishing, hiking town with nearby access to some of the best skiing in the U.S.”

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION is just one of the best reasons to come here:
Our location in the Four Corner’s is UNPARALLELED! We think we have the best learning laboratory in the country. In fact, we’re one of the few places in the country where you could snow ski, mountain bike, kayak, and hike a slot canyon – all in the same day. This region is also diverse, culturally, which we believe is a plus too.

However, the more important reason is this:
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. Finally, we offer an Immersion Semester, where students take nothing else but Adventure Education courses for a unique experience.  Together, we believe these experiences will set you apart from similar degree programs.
Read more about the latest accolade for Durango here –

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:
  •  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;)

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.

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

Monday, September 19th, 2011

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