Adventure Education

Welcome to the Bachelor of Arts in Adventure Education

Why Study Adventure Education?

As an Adventure Education student at Fort Lewis College, you will learn how to lead and teach in a variety of settings that use outdoor and adventure environments to promote positive change in individuals, organizations, and society. You'll achieve this using human-powered outdoor pursuits including backpacking, ropes-challenge courses, rock climbing, mountaineering, and river paddling to expose individuals and groups to new growth opportunities.

Why Study Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College?

Experiential and project-based learning is both the key and the point of the Adventure Education program, students learn both what to teach and how to teach it. Our spectacular location, where the Rocky Mountains meet the southwest's canyons and deserts, means we can extend the definition of "classroom" to include the peaks, rivers, forests, and canyonlands of southwestern Colorado and the Four Corners region.

Some highlights of the Adventure Education Program:

  • 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 Education (AE 220), Wilderness First Responders (230), and plan an additional outdoor skills course.
  • Experiential and project-based instruction where you learn by doing, as well as by reading and writing about what you're doing. You produce projects and programs for real client groups, attend and present workshops at professional conferences, and have opportunities to do actual teaching.
  • A three-course research requirement for AE Majors, where you learn statistics, research methodology, and create and present an original piece of research to the campus community. Research skills make you more employable with programs that analyze data to describe their results.
  • An internship with and adventure-based program lasting 7 to 15 weeks. The internship for AE majors is often a stepping stone to your first job as an adventure educator.

Academic Options in Adventure Education