Adventure Education

Welcome to 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.

In the Adventure Education program, you'll also:

  • experience a 15-credit immersion semester, spending 4 to 10 days at a time backpacking and canoeing in the mountains and deserts of the Four Corners region,
  • earn at least 60 days of leadership and instruction experience beyond your classes through summer work with camps, outdoor programs, and other organizations,
  • and Intern with an adventure-based program for 7 to 15 weeks. These internships are often stepping stones to your first adventure education jobs.

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