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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:

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. 

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  

Fort Lewis is a gem of a school! As a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, we’re part of a prestigious group of affordable, yet rigorous, liberal arts colleges that focus on undergraduates. 

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. 

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  It’s all good!

Adventure Ed Rock Stars!

Monday, April 12th, 2010


September 20. 2010 – block course students are currently out on their 7 day expedition, leaving from the Vallecito Creek trailhead last Friday.  Hope to have some interesting and informative posts from participants on that journey!

Coming to the Student Life Center in the Student Union is the film “Revolver” which is a ski film.  Check out the trailer above, and see the movie September 29 as part of the Wednesday Night Film Series for all students at Fort Lewis College.

August 27, 2010 – Orientation has been happening here at Fort Lewis yesterday and today.  Had a presentation for undecided majors this morning, and close to 100 parents and students attended!  That is so exciting-and we hope the presentation helped clarify our degree program.  In a nutshell, if the word “Education” excites you as much or more than the word “Adventure”, then this may be the program for you.  AE students are more interested in saving the world then most, and love using the outdoors as a teaching place to help others develop critical thinking skills, leadership skills and a cooperative spirit.  Adventure Education teaches you the why behind the what.  WELCOME ALL NEW ADVENTURE EDUCATION STUDENTS!    

August 23, 2010- Faculty and staff are back in Pine Hall, getting ready for the Fall 2010-2011 year.  We are preparing for our biggest enrollment ever in the Adventure Education program.  The unofficial numbers are 93 majors and 11 minors.  The final numbers occur after Census date, which is Tuesday, September 14.  We are so excited about the growth and on-going interest in the AE program!  Over 40% of our students come from other places besides Colorado, no doubt in part because of our unparalleled location in the Four Corners.  Which plays second to our outstanding faculty and staff here at Fort Lewis College.  Our program continually strives to bring the best education to our ever-growing student base. 

To continue accommodating our students with access to great gear we added new kayaks, tele-ski boots, ice axes, sleeping mattresses and more.  The warehouse is looking really awesome and ready to support our students in thier  pursuit of a degree in Adventure Education

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May 14, 2010 – WHAT MAKES THE FLC ADVENTURE EDUCATION DEGREE A BARGAIN?  The national average in-state cost for tuition and fees at public institutions is approximately $7000. per year.  INCLUDING COURSE FEES,the annual average cost to obtain a degree in Adventure Education at FLC is $5113. for Colorado resident students, which is 27% below the national average for tuition and fees.  At other public institutions offering a similar degree, Colorado students would pay $17,314. to $27,163. in out-of-state tuition and fees per year.  These figures will be less for students receiving financial aid, but may increase each year with annual tuition increases at the respective institutions. 

Lee Frazer presenting AE Major of the Year Award 2010
Lee Frazer presenting AE Major of the Year Award 2010

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We also had the Freshman/Sophomore Convocation Ceremonythat afternoon, which was quite unexpectedly fun-but only due to some of our AE students supporting their AE Major of the Year award winners.  A visual cheer was sent out to Pierce Streiff for his award!  Congrats also to Spencer Lewis, who won the AE Major of the Year award as well.

Other Adventure Education majors took awards in other categories.  Kate Shavel won the Common Reading Experience Essay competition.  Way to go, Kate!  Check out the pics ..

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April 12, 2010- Preview weekend went super well!  Two of our students, Chris Panawa (sophomore) and Allison Braverman (senior). offered to help out with questions and answers from the visitors who came to campus.  And they did a spectacular job of helping new students understand what the program is all about.  Our table was VERY busy with both parents and students and students-to-be checking out our display, getting course and degree information, as well as free granola!!  Thanks to our great volunteers for making this a fun and successful week-end!  If you are not yet a member of our Adventure Education Facebook Group Page, check out the link on the right hand side of this page.  Join up and chat with our students and faculty about what is going on over at Pine Hall..

April 7, 2010

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-Last night was the Seniors Poster Presentation of their research projects-what GREAT projects each and every one of our seniors had!  They truly represented Adventure Education  with projects like “Retention Levels in Active Classrooms Compared to Traditional Classroom Methods” by Allison Smith, “Academic Major, Motivation Type and Self-Efficacy: Relationships in a College Population” by David Farkas, “Self-Esteem Assessment in College Women” by Allison Braverman and 7 more projects as well.   

April 5, 2010 – check out this teenagers record quest to ski the North Pole  Now that is an adventure! 


March 19, 2010 – Spring is BLOWING in today!  Which is great for drying up the mud on the various ropes courses we’ll be using to support the AE 151 course “Challenge Course Fundamentals”.  Spring fever is rampant among all the AE students.  They are ready, ready, ready to get out there and climb, hike, paddle, camp and continue to pursue their outdoor education.  There will be plenty of opportunities to do those very activities.  In case you didn’t already know, Backpacker Magazine just named Durango as one of the top places to “raise an outdoor kid”.  Here’s a link to the article  We are so lucky to live in such a fabulous spot!!!

A Wilderness First Responder course was offered here at the Fort over spring break, and the class was FULL.  According to our students who attended, it was AWESOME!  Hoping to see some pics posted on our Facebook group page from that class soon.  Check it out by clicking the FACEBOOK  link on the right side of our blog. 

March 17, 2010 – HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!  Don’t forget the Mandatory advising tonite, and if you need an AE degree application, email me and I will email you one back 

March 15, 2010 – It’s back to class here , and MANDATORY GROUP ADVISING  for Adventure Education students will take place on Wednesday, March 17  at Pine Hall.  Times are as follows:

6pm for students who have applied to the AE major (typically juniors and seniors)

7pm for students who have not yet applied to the major (typically freshmen, sophomores or transfer students) 

If you have any questions about what to do, please check your fort lewis email for information sent to you, or you may call the department at (970)247-6383.  See you Wednesday!


March 4, 2010 – Did you know one of our own students, Sterling Shaw, climbs with an all-women group here in Durango?  Pretty cool- check out the story here  What’s everyone else in the program out doing?  Let me know so I can brag about you here!

Here’s to you having a great, safe SPRING BREAK!!!!  See you all when you get back!1397

Feb19, 2010

Here are some more important dates to be thinking about:

March 8-15 is SPRING BREAK!!!  Go relax, refresh and get ready for the final days of this academic year.

March 15-26 is Fall 2010 Registration and Advising


  • 6pm for students who have applied to the AE major (typically juniors and seniors)
  • 7pm for students who have not yet applied to the major (typically freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students


 February 18, 2010  edumactionkat

So, yesterday and today we had a guest speaker visit Pine Hall.  His name is Mark Rowland and he is President and CEO of Peak Performance Training Systems, which is a company that you can read more about by clicking this link  He was, as promised by the flyer, “informative, provocative”, and I do think he infuriated some students.  I look forward to hearing from anyone about what they thought of his presentation.

Next event coming up at Pine Hall will be the Internship Seminar on March 3, from 6-7pm.  It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for seniors, and a great seminar to attend for all AE Majors, as everyone will have to do an internship before graduating.  I’m thinking about serving some snacks for this one-any suggestions from you?  Email me at  if you have special requests, or ideas.  Thanks.

On March 4 is the Catered lunch with  Jon Kedrowski: Thursday,  12pm, La Plata Room, upstairs in the Student Union.  Sign-up and commitment required. To sign up, email Annie Dawson at dawson_a@fortlewis.eduby Wednesday, February 24 at 5pm.  The Leadership Center is excited to bring Colorado native Jon Kedrowski from Texas State to our campus on Thursday, March 4 to give a talk about his research and climbs of the 58 Colorado Fourteeners in 42 consecutive days, as well as his climbs of Denali, Aconcagua, and Mt. Elbrus.  Jon is currently finishing his Ph.D. dissertation at Texas State, and his research focuses on human-environmental impacts, mountain geography, trail and route assessment, and the outdoor wilderness experience. 

 And don’t forget the AEE Rocky Mountain Regional Conference April 16-18 in Lander, WY.  There may be some scholarship opportunities available, check with AE Faculty before Feb. 24, because travel arrangements have to be finalized by then. 

Pictured here is our own Tim Thomas, I think he’s the one in the boat  ;pTim Thomas 003