|Submission Date||Jan. 25, 2011|
Tier2-7: Outdoors Program
Assistant Professor of Education; Director Wilderness Programs
Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that organizes hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students and follows Leave No Trace principles?:
A brief description of the program:
Started in 1971 by a small group of faculty members dedicated to the value of experiential education, the Wilderness Program at Earlham College has grown to become one of the most unique and comprehensive programs of its kind in the country. Through our outdoor trips and courses like rock climbing, backpacking, and kayaking, students have the opportunity to learn new skills, gain a deeper appreciation of our wilderness areas, and gain self-confidence and interpersonal skills. Through our on-campus academic courses and off-campus semester in environmental studies, students engage in intensive, interdisciplinary inquiry leading to a minor in Outdoor Education or Environmental Studies. And finally, through a wide variety of leadership opportunities, students have the opportunity to discover the teacher and leader within by instructing on our high and low ropes course, teaching skill courses, and leading outdoor trips.
As one of the oldest and most respected outdoor education programs in the country, the Wilderness Program has a national reputation for training outstanding outdoor leaders. Through a wide variety of opportunities, student instructors gain invaluable teaching experience and the transferable skills of leadership and group facilitation. Co-leading the 24-day August Wilderness expedition is frequently cited as the highlight of many students' undergraduate outdoor careers. Many work for such organizations as Outward Bound, the National Park Service, the National Outdoor Leadership School, and other environmental and outdoor programs.
The website URL where information about the program is available:
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