Posts Tagged ‘education’

Adventure Education in one of America’s Best River Towns

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

 

 Having your college located in a town like Durango that has 4 rivers flowing in a 20 mile radius is awesome.  Having  a college located in Durango that offers a degree in Adventure Education and uses those rivers to teach is priceless!

Read the article here Durango Is Best.

Fort Lewis College is doing just that-offering up an outdoor education degree program in Adventure Education.  For more information about Fort Lewis College in Durango Colorado click here  http://www.fortlewis.edu/  and for more information about the Bachelor of Arts degree in Adventure Education click here http://www.fortlewis.edu/adventureed/Home.aspx

5 Great things about Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College

Tuesday, August 14th, 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:

Don’t block the view!

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

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!

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:
– 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. 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 – http://www.skinet.com/skiing/photo-gallery/dream-town-durango

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:
  1.   
  •  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! 

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

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

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

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

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

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!

Fort Lewis College chosen as one of the Princeton Review’s “Best in the West” colleges

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Fort Lewis College chosen as one of the Princeton Review’s “Best in the West” colleges

 2009 CASE Colorado Professor of the Year Ron Estler is one of the reasons why Fort Lewis College is one of the best colleges in the West.
2009 CASE Colorado Professor of the Year Ron Estler is one of the reasons why Fort Lewis College is one of the best colleges in the West.

Fort Lewis College is one of the Princeton Review’s “Best in the West” colleges, it was announced today. This puts Fort Lewis on an elite list of 121 colleges in the western United States that are above-the-rest academically.

“We’re pleased to recommend Fort Lewis College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior VP / publisher. “We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.”

The “Best in the West” schools come from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The Princeton Review also designated 220 colleges in the Northeast, 153 in the Midwest, and 135 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.

“From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite,” explains Mr. Franek. “We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

In total, 629 institutions from across the country make up the Princeton Review’s “2012 Best Colleges” list. That represents only about 25 percent of all the four-year colleges in the U.S.

One point of academic pride that Fort Lewis College holds that helps justify its ranking on the “Best in the West” list is the number of CASE Colorado Professors of the Year that have taught among its faculty. In all, five FLC professors have earned the coveted award, which ranks second only to the U.S. Air Force Academy (6) in the number of Colorado Professors of the Year, when looking at individual campuses.