Faculty and students in the adventure education program completed 50 hours of community service through a variety of trail maintenance projects at the 85-acre Lewis Deane Nature Preserve on April 29. Over the preceding winter, numerous hemlock, white pine, and deciduous trees collapsed under the weight of early season ice and snowstorms. Nature preserve users were creating multiple side trails around debris as several trail sections were completely impassable. To prevent multiple trailing and control erosion, prof. Andrew G. Bentley and GreenMAP director Kelly McFadden brought two sections of the course, ADE 1041 Outdoor Living Skills, to the Deane Preserve to cut away fallen trees and limbs, clear water bars, and to rake trail surfaces. This project received generous support from the biology program and prof. Bruce Saxman.
Professors Andrew G. Bentley and Bruce Saxman (adventure education) attended a Professional Ski Instructors of America training at Saddleback Ski Area in Rangeley Maine, from March 11-12, 2015. The event brought together expert telemark skiers from around New England to discuss and practice telemark teaching and practical techniques for steeps and trees. During the event Andrew received a PSIA Level I Telemark Instructor Certification and Bruce re-certified as a PSIA Level-II Telemark Instructor.
Brendan Leonard, the presenter at the recent Adventure Education Colloquium, gave a shout out to Green Mountain College in a recent blog post. A question form Student Senate President and Jo Jo Buss ’14 got him to reflect on a formative outdoor experience he had growing up. Read the post here.
The adventure education department is pleased to announce that Herm Hoops will give two talks on Wednesday, Feb.19 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at GMC. His first talk, in Terrace 124, is titled “Threats to Rivers of the West.” Hoops will talk about the competing pressures to deliver drinking water, present recreation programs, and oil, gas and mineral extraction which are changing the character of visitor experience to western rivers. His second talk at 1:30 p.m., also in Terrace 124, is titled “The History of Inflatable Boats and How They Saved Rivers.” Hoops will discuss the family tree of modern inflatable boats, tracing how the use of surplus military pontoon bridges, assault vessels, and life rafts irrevocably changed recreation in the USA and formed the backbone of a multi-billion dollar recreation industry.
Hoops grew up on a large dairy cattle and Morgan horse farm. After attending the University of Vermont he taught vocational agriculture and forestry in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. He began running Western rivers in 1966. In 1975 he began a career with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Herm retired from the Dinosaur National Monument in 1996, but he has continued following his love of rivers as a guide, naturalist, historian, and a proactive advocate fighting to protect the river canyons of the Colorado Plateau.
Adventure Education Faculty Member and Student Present at National Conference GMC adventure education student Mitchell Hilbert ‘14 co-presented with Prof. Andrew Bentley (adventure education) at the 2013 national conference of the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education in College Park, Md. The talk, titled “What Are We Doing? Defining Adventure Education to Create Personal Mission Statements,” examined the term “adventure education.” Though ubiquitous to the present-day fabric of outdoor programs in the United States, at times this term has been misconstrued by participants, program staff, and/or the general public. Various definitions used by major North American adventure education providers were critiqued and audience members were invited to create working definitions of the term. Based on their definition, participants then developed an individual adventure education mission statement useful to decision-making and future visioning processes as outdoor professionals. This presentation originated as a 2012 GMC class assignment for ADE 2033, Foundations of Adventure Education.
Last weekend, over thirty representatives from Green Mountain College attended the Association for Outdoor Education and Recreation conference down in College Park, Maryland, including students, alumni, faculty and staff. The greater conference was attended by outdoor professionals, higher ed. students, and outdoor companies. Informational sessions coupled with symposiums on bikes, access and research were the main purpose for the conference. Throughout these educational periods, Green Mountain College representatives presented five sessions, all of which were highly regarded. Nick McEachern (2014), among presenting with Emma Christensen and Nick Rushford, was the recipient of the AORE Literary Award and served on the Environmental Stewardship Committee. The AORE conference provides students an opportunity to learn alongside professionals, network with potential employers, join AORE committees and present at a National Conference. “AORE is such a great resource for students trying to find the right path in life," said Student Alex Howard. "It highlights many aspects to outdoor recreation that aren't normally seen. I highly suggest it to anyone interested in any sort of career in the recreation field, not just [Adventure Education] majors!” -Mitchell Hilbert
Nineteen students recently completed a stunning 33-day field course as part of the 18-credit adventure education program’s fall block immersion semester. A large portion of coursework occurred in the Moab, Utah area, where students advanced their group management skills while visiting international tourism destinations on National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and United States Forest Service lands. Course topics included expedition planning, outdoor leadership, group facilitation and processing, outdoor education teaching strategies, and outdoor skill competency. Instructors supervised peak learning opportunities by integrating class meetings with mountain biking a portion of the 142-mile, world famous Kokopelli Trail that winds its way through a rugged desert from Colorado to Utah. Another highlight was attending classes while backpacking over 30 miles: starting in the subalpine of the snow covered La Sal Mountains (peak elevation 12,000 feet); traversing through Douglas-Fir to Pinion-Juniper forests; and then navigating a remote desert shrub canyon to the Colorado River at 4,000 feet. Before leaving Moab, students met with outdoor leaders and GMC alumni from organizations including the Colorado Outward Bound School, Salsa Cycles, and the Air Force Academy Outdoor Adventure Program. Students then traveled to Maryland to attend a national conference held by the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education. Utah field trip instructors included Prof. Bruce Saxman, alumni Derek Gavelis and alumni Alexandra Scholtz. The 2013 coordinator and instructor of the fall block was Prof. Andrew Bentley.
Prof. Nate Furman (adventure education) and Cameron Pall '14 gave an invited presentation at the 2014 Access Fund "Educate for Access" conference in New Paltz, N.Y. on November 1, 2013. Their presentation "Strategies for Climber Education" was shared with 60 attendees from across the nation. Audience members included land managers, park rangers, climbing access coordinators, and non-profit directors. The presentation included content on educational theory ranging from didactic techniques to experiential learning strategies, and from social media platforms to ideas from psychologists Vygotsky and Kohlberg.
Prof. Nate Furman (adventure education) recently published an article entitled "Environmental Factors Affecting the Predicted Decisions of Backcountry Skiers: An Examination of the Obvious Clues Method Decision Aid" in the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership. Wynn Shooter from the University of Utah and Jonas Tarlen from Three Sisters Backcountry co-authored the paper. The paper examines how a particular decision aid, commonly known as ALPTRUTH, is used by skiers to assess decision-making in avalanche terrain. The project was partially funded by a grant from the American Alpine Club. Results suggest that some environmental clues were perceived as more important in decision-making than others, that slope angle significantly influenced decision-making, and that avalanche education courses can change how people evaluate environmental factors. The abstract and download information can be obtained by visiting the JOREL.
The adventure education program hosted an Internship Showcase in Withey Lobby last week. Twelve students presented posters about the internship that they completed during the summer. Jojo Buss '14(Camp Kon-O-Kwee summer program director), Tom Paradise '14 (trip leader at Camp Johnsonburg in New Jersey), Matt Masters '14 (program assistant with Kitty Hawk Kites in North Carolina), Cameron Pall '14 (Fort Carson Adventure Programs and Education in Colorado Springs, Colorado), Francis Kopp '14 (activity specialist with SOAR Adventure Camp in North Carolina), Andrea Roebuck '14 (apprentice guide with Mica Guides/Exposure Alaska on the Matanuska Glacier in Alaska), Dave Goff '14 (The Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center in Salida Colo.), Nick McEachern '14 (North Idaho College in Coure d'Alene, Idaho), Henry Feder '15 (Acadia Mountain Guides based in Maine), David Frank '14 (Spring Lake Day Camp in New Jersey), Christo Milholland '14 (Kingdom Trails in the northeast Vermont), and Matt Eule '14 (Camp Killooleet in Vermont). Liliara Pappaterra '14, not in attendance due to her participating in the Brunnenburg semester, completed her internship with Vermont Adaptive located just up the road at Pico Mountain. Students reported that their internships were generally valuable, occasionally challenging, and overall one of the highlights of the program. The adventure education internship is six credits and takes a minimum of 10 weeks/400 hours to complete.
Students in REC 1041: Outdoor Living Skills (OLS), recently completed four-day, overnight field excursions to the Adirondack Mountains of New York State (April 4-7 & 11-14). While visiting the Lake George Wild Forest, the 17 students practiced Leave No Trace travel technique and off-trail navigation with topographic maps and baseplate compasses. They also persevered through a range of difficult weather and environmental conditions that included cold temperatures, torrential rain, freezing rain, snow, and ice. The Spring 2013 edition of OLS was taught by Prof.Andrew Bentley (adventure education) and is offered yearly as the prerequisite for students interested in the adventure education fall block cohort of courses.
Students Scott Morris and Dakota VanTine (adventure education) and Prof. Nate Furman (adventure education) co-presented at the Northeast Regional Conference for the Association of Experiential Education in Beckett Corners, Massachusetts on April 7. Their presentation, entitled "The Nuts and Bolts of Teaching for Learning Transfer" was shared with a packed room of practitioners and academics from New England and the Mid-Atlantic areas. The presentation included content on major a.) ideas linked to learning transfer, b.) a framework for understanding transfer influences, c.) the results of a study on valuable transferred content from Adventure Education programs, and d.) the summary of our interpretation of how to best teach for learning transfer. A pdf of their presentation can be viewed here.
Prof. Nate Furman (adventure education) recently published an article in a special issue of the journal New Dimensions for Adult and Continuing Education. His invited article, "Leveraging Experiential Learning for Transfer" appeared in a special issue of the journal entitled Learning Transfer in Adult Education. The article examines how to foster transfer for adults in continuing education and distance-learning settings by incorporating experiential and active learning elements into programs. These elements include service learning, problem-based learning, reflective learning, and others. The abstract can be found online here.
Prof. Thayer Raines (recreation) successfully completed Level 3 Challenge Course Management certification through High 5 Adventure Learning Center in Brattleboro, Vt. The Certification follows the standards of the Association of Challenge Course Technology. It requires skill competency for both high and low ropes course rescue, risk management, staff training, documentation, and facilitator Level 2 certification. Dr. Raines joins a fairly small group of approximately 300 Level 3 Managers worldwide.
Prof. Thayer Raines (youth development & camp management) led a workshop on camp counseling and conflict resolution at the 91st Annual New England Conference of the American Camp Association on Saturday, March 27, 2012 in Manchester, N.H.
Parker Maish '12 (YDCM) presented a workshop with Hutch Hutchinson on "Teambuilding: Initiatives and Activities for New Staff" at the 91st Annual Conference of the New England Section of the American Camp Association, March 30-31, in Manchester, N.H.
GMC student Elyse Carter of Fritz Creek, Alaska recently completed a 78-day semester exploring the mountains, deserts, and coastlines of the Baja Cal. peninsula with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Founded in 1965 by legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt, NOLS is the leader in wilderness education and sets the industry standard for responsible, high-quality educational expeditions.