Examples of Senior Projects completed by Outdoor Education Majors

  • Adventure Education at the Buffalo Mountain School: Increasing Self-Efficacy and Exploring Processing Techniques
  • Applied Skills in Leadership, Management, and Design of an Experiential Education Program
  • Educating Students in Outdoor Skills Within the Public Education System
  • Adventure Program Leadership: Trip Development, Planning, and Implementation
  • Experiential education for Homeschool Families
  • Experiential Education in the Elementary School Classroom
  • Development and implementation of Winter Ecology curriculum with 5th graders at Craftsbury Academy
  • Development and implementation of adventure program at Buffalo Mountain School
  • Developing best practices in dogsledding through an internship in Minnesota
  • Researching impacts of adventure programming versus traditional camp activities at a YWCA camp
  • Ecopsychology and Developing School Outdoor Programs
  • Curriculum Design for Making a Stone Axe

Examples of organizations Sterling graduates have worked for:

  • Outward Bound
  • Camp Manitowish
  • Earth Walk
  • Exposure Alaska
  • Northwoods Stewardship Center
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Vermont Land Trust
  • Howard Gardner School
  • Teton Science School
  • Southern NH University
    Boojum Institute
  • Public and private schools around the country!

Put your hands and mind to work as an Outdoor Education major at Sterling College.

Gain the skills you need to lead and facilitate learning in the natural world in any season.

  • “I wouldn’t have gone to college if it weren’t for Sterling. I thought college was a sham. But here you can do your own thing and take as much initiative as you want. If you put your time in and give it a whirl, you can have an amazing experience. The people who do are top in their field where they work.”

    Dan Pittenger ’10

    B.A. Conservation Biology. Pittenger went on to earna master’s degree in Hydrology and Water Resources Science from Central Washington University. He works as a wetland ecologist in Fairbanks, Alaska.

  • Sterling College reinforced my love of hard labor and taught me to see the world with an ecologist’s eye and a naturalist’s heart.”


    Ben Matthews ’09

    B.A. Ecology. Matthew is a fish biologist for Trout Unlimited, a cold-water fisheries conservation organization.

The list below includes required and elective courses for this major. Specific requirements can be found on the major checklist. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for their major.

Title Course ID Credits Start Term Faculty
Foundations of Outdoor Education SS241 3 Long Block Anne Morse
Advanced Nordic Skiing AS264 2 Long Block Allison Van Akkeren
Community Building Through Winter Recreation (Bounder II) SS112 2 Intensive Various
Desert Expedition and Field Camp Skills (Field Semester) AS333 4 Long Block David Gilligan
Group Process SS320 3 Intensive Anne Morse
Introduction to Ice Climbing AS225 2 Intensive TBD
Introduction to Rock Climbing AS190 3 Long Block Pavel Cenkl
Mountain Expedition Skills Practicum AS334 3 Session J David Gilligan
Special Topics in Integrated Studies: Labrador Field Study INT380 6 - Anne Morse and Laura Beebe
Tools and their Application AS100 2 Long Block Adrian Owens, Allison Van Akkeren, John Zaber, Mariah Keagy
Wilderness First Aid AS155 1 - Allison Van Akkeren
Wilderness First Responder AS256 4 Long Block Allison Van Akkeren, John Kascenska
A Sense of Place INT100 Various Intensive Various
Advanced Flat Water Canoeing AS220 3 Allison Van Akkeren, Adrian Owens
Canoe Trip Guiding AS208 3 - Adrian Owens, Anne Morse
White-Water Canoeing AS222 2 Long Block Anne Morse, Adrian Owens
Experiential Education I (Bounder) SS106 3 Long Block Various

#RockClimbing class. It looked like a gorgeous day to summit some #greenmountains #scvtoutdooreducation #onlyatsterling

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Get after it. My 8th, final outing as Adventure Coordinator. Thank you Sterling College, for allowing me to create this invaluable experiential learning opportunity as a trip leader. I would not be ready to work for Kroka without it. @sterlingcollegevt #scvtoutdooreducation

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Quick! He's escaping, GET THAT MAN! Just kidding, these adventurers are simply birdwatching and climbing trees! Canoeing the Green River Reservoir took place this past fall and was quite the adventure to kick off the new Adv. Coordinator position to. #firstofeight #scvtoutdooreducation @sterlingcollegevt

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As part of #ACWD these fine folks headed off campus to do some trail maintenance #trailcrew #scvtoutdooreducation #allcollegeworkday @johnzaber

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Adventure literature class put on a #gameday! The class has been studying elements of adventure this past semester and put these elements into play! Here are our winners!! #congrats #scvtoutdooreducation

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#Repost @sfineman10 ・・・ A proud Tofowa sports the Guyana Flag. He had never been on a mountain before this trip. This badass has now been up Pierce, Eisenhower, Franklin, Monroe and Washington. The Sterling Adventure Society. Yeah, we get after it. @sterlingcollegevt #scvtoutdooreducation

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#Repost @sfineman10 ・・・ Practicing solo paddling and feats of athleticism at Lil' Hosmer. Outdoor Ed for life @sterlingcollegevt #scvtoutdooreducation #thisisclass #onlyatsterling

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