Adventure Education Major

Adventure can be a fulfilling career path

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Discover the power of experientially based adventure education while you learn how to teach skills, develop your leadership style, and build community with like-minded adventurers.

Surrounded by mountains, deserts, canyons, and rivers, the FLC AE program presents an opportunity to dig deeper into your strengths through research, internships, and collaboration.

Durango: Basecamp for Adventure Education in Colorado

Two hours from Durango takes you to 14,000-foot mountains or unbelievable sandstone canyons.

You'll explore the Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado's largest wilderness area, in the fall. In the winter, you’ll learn about snow travel in the San Juan Mountains. And you’ll explore the canyons of the Southwest in the Spring.

FLC students backpacking in the canyons of the Southwest


Eli Shostak, Instructor of Adventure Education

"We’re surrounded by incredible outdoor classrooms. Our faculty turn amazing landscapes into experiential learning labs. From technical expeditions to intrapersonal explorations, our people and places are perfect for our program."

What can you do with an Adventure Education degree?

Several AE courses include partnerships with local organizations in the outdoor industry. This not only exposes students to the realities of work in this field, but creates direct personal relationships with the people in those organizations.

Additionally, AE students present their research at regional conferences held by the Association of Experiential Education, and complete an internship as part of our program.

Academic Rigor

Adventure Education (AE) is a rigorous program in which students learn to become teachers, leaders, and professionals. As a major you’ll take classes indoors and out, learn backcountry skills, intern in the industry, immerse yourself in an all-AE semester, conduct and present research, and collaborate with local organizations to solve real problems.

Skills courses

Whatever professional path you follow, to work in the outdoor industry, you’ll need technical skills to keep yourself and others safe, and in many cases, to teach these skills to others. Take classes including:

  • Telemark skiing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Canyoneering


See all the AE courses

Immersion semester

Five 200-level courses are taken together in the fall as a block. These courses include Wilderness Expedition, Adventure Leadership, Teaching Methods for Adventure Education, a Wilderness First Responder certification course, and a fifth course that changes year to year. Block prepares AE students for all subsequent courses with a foundation of logistics, risk management, group management and facilitation, and teaching methods.

A note on Immersion

During the immersion semester, students are unable to enroll in other courses, and it could impact availability for some co-curriculars. This arrangement can also affect Transfer students with regard to credit transfer.

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