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WFR for Your Outdoor Education-Get Your Certification Through Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

 

What kind of a course lets you play with great green globs of greasy grimy piggy guts?!  Wilderness First Responder, of course!  But seriously, this course provides the knowledge needed to handle medical emergencies requiring extended care in remote settings. Emphasis is on prevention, decision-making, and treatment. National certification requires this course to meet for approximately 80 hours. Students who successfully complete the course and pass the WFR exam receive a Wilderness First Responder certificate good for three years.

 

Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop a general understanding of human anatomy and physiology that will facilitate a more thorough understanding of medical pathophysiology.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of common trauma, environmental, and medical related problems that are encountered in wilderness expedition settings.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to perform accurate wilderness medicine related patient assessments and provide appropriate treatment.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to perform essential wilderness medicine rescue skills related to the curriculum (basic life support, extremity splinting, wound cleaning, spine exam, dislocation reduction, spine management, epinephrine injection, and litter and improvised carries)
  5. Develop an understanding of wilderness CPR/AED treatments and demonstrate effective CPR and AED skills.

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.

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!

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

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.

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: