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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:

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!

Gearing up for the Adventure Education Program at Fort Lewis College Fall 2011

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

The B.A. Adventure Education Program here in Durango CO is getting ready to welcome the largest group of students yet to be enrolled at Fort Lewis College since the program’s inception in 2007!     We are psyched for another great year of students who want to use the outdoors as a career in Adventure Education that will keep them in the great outdoors and provide a service to others as well. 

When you major in Adventure Ed, we provide all group gear—tarps and tents, cooking equipment, food, first aid kits, a satellite phone, maps, GPS devices, etc. You need to provide your own personal gear such as backpack, sleeping bag and pad, hiking boots, clothing, etc  Please find listed below some good resources for you to find your own personal gear:

Resources for Discount Outdoor Equipment

•     Sierra Trading

Discounts of 35-70% on name brand outdoor gear, including backpacks, sleeping bags, climbing gear, and clothing.


A discount outdoor equipment retailer for name brands.

•     REI  

•     Local seasonal sales: Gardenswarz fair ground sales, ski swaps, etc.

If you have more questions or need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact the program director, Dr. Bob Stremba at

Here’s to the best academic year yet!

Adventure Education major highlights for your consideration

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

The Adventure Education curriculum will challenge you, and is intended for the student who is academically motivated, enjoys reading and writing along with spending lots of time outdoors, and has professional interests in helping others learn and grow through outdoor pursuits. The expectations are high, but the rewards can be transformative.

Our four full-time staff and several additional part-time faculty are readily available to students, often involving you as a colleague in professional projects and conference presentations, and they walk their talk, with years of experience as practitioners and teachers of adventure education. We are eager to help you succeed here at Fort Lewis College, and progress toward a rewarding career in field-based leadership and instruction, and administrative positions with adventure education, outdoor education, therapeutic adventure, and environmental programs.

If you are interested in embracing both the challenges and rewards of the Adventure Education program, we are eager to see you as one of our students starting this fall. If you have any questions, please browse our website or give the Adventure Education Program Director, Dr. Bob Stremba, a call at (970)247-6295.

Adventure Education, Outward Bound and Fort Lewis College Professor Lee Frazer

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Our Assistant Professor, Lee Frazer, has accepted an invitation to speak at the Outward Bound (OB) National Trainers Training, a gathering of staff trainers from throughout the OB system.  He was the only professional invited to speak who is not a full-time Outward Bound employee.  His talk is entitled “Neuroscience and Adult Learning Theory: Implications for Innovative Training and Development.”  Since this an inside event and only for people associated with Outward Bound, I don’t have a link for you, but you can check out the Outward Bound website at

The Bulletin Boards of Pine Hall

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

If you find yourself in the lobby of Pine Hall, check out the new and improved bulletin boards!  JC and I have been working hard to keep you up to date on the latest in all things AE.

The board to the right has job postings galore, from internships to part-time seasonal work to full time jobs in adventure education.  We clear the board periodically to make room for new postings, but the old listings are filed in the Adventure Education Jobs book which is in the lobby.  It is practically bursting at the seams, so check it out!

The other bulletin board is divided into four sections.  We post news about Outdoor Pursuits including the ongoing Wednesday night kayak roll sessions, and current events like the Ouray ice climbing weekend.  Also posted is academic information: the Fort Lewis academic calendar, the finals schedule, and Bob, Lee and Tim’s office hours.  Check the miscellaneous tidbits section for random bits of information including updates from the exercise science department, opportunities to participate in senior seminar studies, and a variety of other topics.  Lastly, the Adventure Education Club has taken over a section of the board to keep you informed of all that is happening with the club.  Check that space for climbing partners, kayak buddies, study groups, gear for sale, and an occasional AE joke.  (Q: Why did David Kolb keep riding the same bus in a circle?  A: He forgot to get a transfer!)

So, check out the bulletin boards in Pine Hall.  You’ll be glad you did!

David Lynch

News from YOUR Adventure Education Club

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The Adventure Education Club at Fort Lewis College is up and running!  Stay tuned for more information about our big kick-off event scheduled for Friday, February 11,  2011.  There will be food, prizes, and a super secret activity that will blow your mind!  There will also be several opportunities for your involvement and input; come help shape the direction of YOUR club!

The mission of the Adventure Education Club (AEC) is to provide Fort Lewis College students with opportunities for professional development, social outlets, and community service through adventure education-based experiences.  The AEC seeks to promote positive social change within the Fort Lewis College community as well as the Durango community at-large.

Here are a few ideas for club activites in pursuit of our mission:
– Organizing trips to conferences such as AEE and AORE;

– Inviting speakers from rafting companies, camps, therapy programs, and corporate development companies; or

– Hosting an AE job fair with mock interviews and resume reviews.

– Organizing on and off campus socials, movie nights, trips, and other activities;

– Volunteering with Durango-area schools and/or programs;

– Arranging trips for FLC alumni;

– Providing a forum for students to exchange ideas for educational and recreational opportunities (i.e. how can we apply what we have learned in classes to the world?).

We need your ideas and your participation!  Come join us at the next meeting of the AEC which will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 31 in the Leadership Center in the Student Union.  But as always, you can post your ideas on this blog or on the Adventure Education Facebook page.

See you Monday!

David Lynch, AEC Treasurer

Advising and registration

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

October 26, 2010

Happy Tuesday!

Well, it’s that time again: advising and registration. Time to start thinking about next semester. My, how time flies!

I really appreciate the way in which the Fort Lewis Adventure Education program runs advising. It starts with a mandatory group advising session. While I’ve heard some students complain about yet another requirement (get used to it, folks), I have found it to be an excellent opportunity to ask questions of the faculty, for faculty to disseminate information about classes, schedules and procedures, and to meet other AE students. And most appealing to my desire for efficiency, it’s quick and to the point. The meeting is followed by a brief opportunity to meet with your advisor or to sign up for a formal advising appointment if you have more specific or individual questions. For those who have completed their class schedules for next semester, your advisor will give you an ALTPIN which is required for registration on WEBOPUS.

As students are at different points along their AE journey, the session is divided into two groups: one for students who have already applied to the AE major and one for students who have not yet applied. This semester’s group advising session is tonight, Tuesday, October 26th, in Pine Hall.

6:00 p.m. — for students who have applied
7:00 p.m. — for students who have not yet applied

I’ll see you tonight!