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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.

Outdoors in Education-Challenge Course Fundamentals course at Fort Lewis College in Durango CO

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Challenge Course

“Many would say that a challenge course is simply an elaborate playground that affords a participant fun along with a sense of adventure.  In some ways this is true, but such a statement is much too limited in what it conveys.”

– Camille Bunting, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

(Former professor of outdoor education and prominent challenge course researcher)

For the beginning adventure education professional, Challenge Course Programming (AE 251) covers important content.  After all, challenge courses are ubiquitous in our profession, and trends suggest this will continue.  Simply put, they allow us to “bring the adventure to our backyard.”  Their popularity has resulted, in part, from their accessibility and controllability – qualities inherent to many “artificial” adventure learning environments – both of which can yield powerful learning experiences that can be facilitated to apply to home, work or school.

This course introduces the class to the operation of a variety of low and high challenge course initiatives for adventure programming in problem solving, trust, team building, self-confidence, and communication skills. Includes belay and high ropes rescue techniques.

For more information about Fort Lewis College’s Adventure Education program visit: