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.

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
    Kroka
    Boojum Institute
  • Public and private schools around the country!

  • “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.”

    color photo of man casting a fishing pole on a beautiful summer day

    Ben Matthews ’09

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

  • “I cannot stress enough how much of a formative experience the California Field Semester was for me. A gift of self discovery, my time within the program nurtured me to grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. In the backcountry, I learned resilience. There are always unanticipated challenges, and I have the opportunity to challenge myself constantly if I so choose.”

  • “I wasn’t interested in a traditional college experience. I wanted to travel, work with my hands, and be outside. And then Sterling College came along.”

    Chiapas

    Ezra Fradkin '15

    Community and Civic Agriculture Self-Designed Major

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