Adventure Education: leadership, education, growth

Experiential learning outdoors

The world needs leaders; our planet needs leaders. As a student in our Adventure Education (AE) program, you will develop skills in leadership, learn how to teach outdoor skills, and gain powerful insights into yourself in the process. This program seeks to give you, by the time you graduate, a deep awareness of your strengths and where you can continue to grow, the skills to be a great educator, and an understanding of the industry and the many opportunities that await you.

AE weaves together experiential learning in wilderness contexts, classroom learning, skills development, an immersive block semester, and an internship. Through this, AE students create a broad foundation that will support specialization in the many areas of the outdoor industry, whether you’re interested in wilderness therapy, guiding services, experiential education, or working in public lands. With a faculty that brings decades of experience throughout the industry, this program is both rigorously academic, and supportive of your professional development.

Adventure Ed Major


Students from many departments at FLC talk about the closeness they feel to their peers and faculty, but perhaps none so much as AE students. Spending time in the field together, whether it’s a day of climbing and belaying, or 10 days backpacking through the Weminuche Wilderness, AE students and faculty get to know each other authentically. It’s built into the reality of the program: you’ll cook together, camp together, manage risk together, teach and learn together, and debrief, offering each other powerful feedback. By the time you graduate, the people who have been on this journey with you have seen you at your best, helped you get back to your best, and have been helped by you.

Where we study

Faculty support

AE students overwhelmingly describe the faculty as dedicated to their students, and genuinely invested in their success. What’s more, the faculty brings a wealth of professional experience from diverse backgrounds within the outdoor industry, and a robust network of professional contacts and relationships with organizations around the country. The depth at which faculty get to know their students creates for many a mentoring relationship which when combined with their experience in the industry becomes immeasurably valuable to students as they leave FLC and begin their career.

Our faculty

The AE Blog

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Active Mindfulness

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The best things about being an Adventure Ed major

There are countless amazing things about being an Adventure Ed major, but here are the top six according to your peers.

Top 3 best things about being an Adventure Ed major
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Mountains, rivers and canyons right out your door

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A built-in close community of fellow adventurers

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Inspiring faculty who demonstrate that “adventure” is a viable way of life

Another three great things about the Adventure Education major
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The awesome perks of Outdoor Pursuits

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Sharing passion for the outdoors with others

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The skills you learn apply to whatever you do next