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EXPERIENCING AN EDUCATIONAL ADVENTURE often requires a well-trained professional leader. Adventure education students at GMC develop skills to evoke personal change in future participants and clientele. To employ the tools of adventure, students graduate with the human, outdoor and educational skills required to make immediate professional contributions in a quickly growing industry.
The adventure education program at GMC is unique. The curriculum is responsive to industry changes and trends. Further, each course is part of a closely woven progression requiring students to develop a thorough working knowledge of themselves, theories, skills and the industry.
Majors & Minors
Be able to build effective working relationships as young professionals as the result of a curriculum that accurately reflects the real world of adventure educators.
Be able to plan, implement and evaluate high quality and safe adventure learning experiences for others.
Be able to critically and accurately self-assess relative to human, outdoor and educational skills and to deliver articulate and effective feedback to others.
Be able to articulate and utilize knowledge of adventure programming as it pertains to both natural and human ecological systems.
First year students learn the fundamentals of outdoor expeditioning in Outdoor Living Skills while backpacking in either the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York, or the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Sophomores participate in the 17-credit Immersion Semester in the Northeast and beyond. The Immersion Semester features 50+ days of outdoor expeditioning where students learn and practice the outdoor, human, and educational skills required of adventure and outdoor educators. Past activities include rock climbing, raft guide training, canoe & sea kayak expeditions, white water kayaking, mountain bike group management, canyoneering and backpacking.
Juniors complete The May Course where they plan and lead an independent outdoor expedition. Professional guides and instructors shadow these expeditions to ensure safety and provide feedback on leadership and trip administration.
After having completed practicum hours, gained certifications, and attended a national-level conference, seniors complete a six-credit, 400-hour Internship with a partner organization. Students frequently travel to Colorado, Alaska, Washington, California, Idaho, and beyond for their internship.