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Nate Furman

Program Director
Assistant Professor of Adventure Education
Moses 14
One Brennan Circle
Poultney, VT 05764-1199
Email Address:
Phone: 802-558-8055; Fax: 802-287-8080

"I grew up the woods of rural Northern California, backpacking and fishing in the Marble Mountains, Trinity Alps, and Sierra Nevada Mountains. After working with Adventure Outings at Chico State for five years, I started working for the National Outdoor Leadership School out of Lander, Wyoming. I've led nearly 30 courses for NOLS, from mountaineering to kayaking and from Alaska to Patagonia. Outdoor education--and specifically seeing the smiles on my students' faces--became my raison d'être, and continues to give me great joy today. I attended graduate school at the University of Utah; my dissertation focused on the learning transfer of group dynamics skills from a wilderness education course to life post-course. I believe that the adventure education program at Green Mountain College provides students an excellent background for successful careers and passions upon graduation.

The following list of concepts are what I strive to incorporate into each class I teach, whether it is a month-long wilderness expedition, a two-hour long seminar, or a semester length class.
1. Create engaging and active learning experiences.
2. Build trust and rapport.
3. Provide ample time for reflection.
4. Invite questions and engage in dialogue.
5. Hold boundaries.
6. Provide time for practice.
7. Meet students at their level.
8. Offer opportunities for challenge.
9. Support when needed.
10. Invite fun.
I believe that these ten things are foundational to the learning processes and serve my students well."

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
PhD Candidate: Passed dissertation defense, December, 2009
Major: Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
Foci: Outdoor Education and Natural Resource Management
Dissertation: "The effects of a treatment curriculum on the learning transfer of prosocial behavior in adventure education”

California State University, Chico
MA, 2004, Chico, California
Major: Recreation Administration
Focus: Natural Resource Management
Masters Project: “Rock climbing impacts on the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome”

California State University, Chico
BA, 2000, Chico, California
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Conflict Resolution

Certifications and Professional Development
Wilderness First Responder through the Wilderness Medical Institute
CPR through the American Heart Association
Professional Climbing Instructor Association: Base-Managed Instructor
Professional Climbing Instructor Association: Top-Managed Instructor
Professional Climbing Instructor Association: Single-Pitch Instructor
Professional Climbing Instructor Association: Course Provider Training
American Mountain Guides Association: Advanced Rock Guide Course
American Mountain Guides Association: Single Pitch Instructor Course
American Mountain Guides Association: Rock Guide Certified
American Mountain Guides Association: Assistant Instructor, Single Pitch Instructor Program Leave No Trace: Master Certification
Leave No Trace: Trainer Certification
Avalanche Level 1: Colorado Mountain College, AIARE endorsed
Avalanche Level 2: Colorado Mountain College, AIARE endorsed
Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, Fall, 1998 (expired)

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