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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.

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).

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! 

5 Great Job Opportunities for Adventure Education Majors from Fort Lewis College

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

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.

Fort Lewis College ranks above Princeton in Professor of Year Award Recipients!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

That’s right-and we also rank above  of all the other state universities in Colorado with the exception of  the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, because they are #1.  Fort Lewis College is #2, ahead of University of Colorado, Colorado State,  School of Mines,  University of Western Colorado and all the others in the state.  Not to mention we beat out national university notables like Cornell, Tufts, MIT, Princeton, and Notre Dame. 

Fort Lewis college boasts 5 recipients of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) sponsored Professor of the Year program, which recognizes the best teachers in higher eduation from across the country.  Not too shabby for a small state school that has under 5000 students on its’ campus.

So this points to the fact that the professors at Fort Lewis College are extremely dedicated to providing a quality education in the public environment.  Couple this with student to faculty ratio of 17:1 so you really KNOW your professors, with an incredibly low cost of tuition (Fort Lewis College graduates have the lowest debt load among public and private four-year schools in Colorado) and you are looking at an opportunity for a great education!  For more information

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