A degree in Outdoor Education at Sterling College means you participate with natural and human landscapes through applied learning theory, adventure and environmental programming, and leadership development. Outdoor education classes emphasize place-based learning and inspire students to develop technical, leadership, and facilitation skills, as well as a sound understanding of learning theory.
Hands-on learning and fieldwork is at the core of the Outdoor Education curriculum. Students are exposed to a wide variety of educational settings from local whitewater rivers, Vermont’s Green Mountains, global field study in Yosemite National Park, to closer to home on the Sterling College challenge course. Students can also focus on educational theory and even work on the development and leadership of after-school programming for local children.
Outdoor Education students quickly learn that paddles as well as pencils and computers are vital to keeping afloat at Sterling and making a mark on the world. Those with degrees in Outdoor Education are ready to reconnect people with the natural world whether through rock climbing, public or private education, environmental advocacy, or nature-based education.
Dan Schieffelin ’06 talks about his work in the frozen south—Antarctica. “I am well suited to life in a small community that experiences long stretches of cold,” he says. Read more about living and working in Antarctica.
Kate Banyas ’11 talks about high ropes facilitation, the challenge of working with kids, and how to dig deep and find work meaningful to yourself. Read more about being a Camping Program Director for the YMCA Camp Lincoln.