Recreation Administration

About the major

The Recreation Administration major prepares students to enter a professional career that will enable individuals, families, and communities to develop happy, healthy, and satisfying lifestyles. A holistic approach provides a strong academic foundation as well as hands-on, experiential methods that prepare students by providing the skill set they need to move into their career. Service learning, volunteering, and internships create a learning environment where students gain experience and network with professionals in the field. With the guidance of faculty advisers, students are given flexibility to individually design their course work based on their interests and career goals.

Recreation Administration is a growing field with an increasing demand for high-quality, well-trained, and dedicated professionals. If you enjoy working with others, being active, and want a career that is fun and fulfilling then recreation is the career path for you.

Departmental adviser

Katie Koopmeiners
koopm035@umn.edu
107 Cooke Hall
1900 University Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414

Reasons to meet with Katie:

  • Degree planning
  • Recreation Administration courses
  • Focus elective planning
  • Practicum and experiences
  • Outdoor Recreation + Education minor
  • Study abroad
CEHD student services advisers

Sara Georgeson, Student Services Adviser
360 Education Sciences Building, East Bank
612-625-3339 | sarag@umn.edu


Anna Mraz, Student Services Adviser
360 Education Sciences Building, East Bank
612-625-3339 | annam@umn.edu


Donald Riley, Student Services Adviser
360F Education Sciences Building, East Bank
612-625-3339 | rile0032@umn.edu

Reasons to meet with Anna, Donald, or Sara:

  • Degree planning
  • Liberal education requirements
  • Resources at the University
  • Study abroad
  • Readmission into the program, probation appointment or leave of absence discussion

Call CEHD Student Services to schedule an appointment with your student services adviser.
612-625-3339

Program Details + Requirements (University Catalog)

Place Based Education

EDHD 5300, Section 005: 3 Graduate Credits
Deadline to register is February 26, 2016

This course is intended for Professional Development for non-degree seeking students for Graduate credit.

 

Course Description:

This course will provide a thorough introduction to place-based education and culminate with an intensive workshop exploring and demonstrating the possible implementations of curricula using outdoor public places as a viable extension of the classroom. We will cover both approaches to Place Based Education: taking the curricula from a specific place (a Three Rivers Park, for example) and bringing it to the traditional classroom, and also designing classroom lessons that are enhanced by connections to outdoor places (public lands or school property).

 

Instructor: Chad Dayton
Recreation Administration, Faculty
Wilderness Inquiry, Director of Programs and Partner Relations

This course is offered as a hybrid in class, online and field experience.

Dates: April 2 In class 6-9:30P, April 9 Online, April 16 In class 6-9:30P, April 23 Online, April 25-26 Overnight Retreat (Sat 9A-Sun 5P).

Class meets at Wilderness Inquiry (directions and contact info).

To Register for this course, please contact: Jessica McLain, mclai0003@umn.edu with your full name, email address, and phone number.

 

You will need to submit the Registration Request for Graduate Credit form. Please complete Parts 1 and 2 and sign in Part 4. Departmental authorization in Part 3 will be completed by the University.

Please submit your registration form by February 26, 2016 to ensure you are properly registered into the U of MN system.

Please send your completed form to:

Office of Professional Development, College of Education and Human Development
Attn: Jessica McLain
1954 Buford Avenue
St Paul, MN 55108

(You could also choose to scan and email the signed form to: mclai002@umn.edu or fax it to 612-626-6332.)

IMPORTANT: Please send your registration form directly to Jessica McLain, NOT to One Stop.

We will forward it along to One Stop Student Services after the proper approval signature has been applied. Thank you!

The enrollment fee for non-degree seeking students is $350/credit, plus a $65 program fee.
This is a 3-credit course, the total tuition will be $1115.00.

Please allow 3-4 weeks for your enrollment to be processed. You will receive a confirmation mailing (via USPS) and email from the University of Minnesota’s One Stop Student Services with information regarding your student account. You must initiate your student account to gain access to the online course materials, and to pay you student account. If you do not pay your student account you may be dropped from the course.

Please direct any questions to: Jessica McLain, mclai003@umn.edu, 612-624-5503

News

Rec Admin students develop report for Three Rivers Park District on barriers to underrepresented groups

Monday, February 20, 2017: Sara Hansen and Tyler Tegtmeier, both Recreation Administration students in the School of Kinesiology, have developed a report for the Three Rivers Park District to research recreation opportunities for underrepresented populations in the district’s public parks. The 27-page report of their findings provides recommendations to reduce barriers to parks and recreation facilities by underrepresented groups. … Continue reading Rec Admin students develop report for Three Rivers Park District on barriers to underrepresented groups


Health, sport and recreation career fair to be held Feb. 8

Friday, January 27, 2017: The CEHD Health, Sport and Recreation Career Fair  on Feb. 8 at the U’s Recreation and Wellness Center is specifically designed for Kinesiology, Sport Management and Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies students looking for internships, full-time positions and graduate program information. Fifteen organizations from diverse areas such as Allina Health, U of M Athletics, and the YMCA … Continue reading Health, sport and recreation career fair to be held Feb. 8


REC students involved in Resilient Communities Project (RCP)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017: Under the leadership of Tony Brown, Ph.D., Recreation Administration instructor in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Department of Recreational Sports, students participated in this year’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP), working with the City of Brooklyn Park. The students enrolled in the Recreation Administration major applied their knowledge and skills to a real-world project with … Continue reading REC students involved in Resilient Communities Project (RCP)


Mitch Hoffman receives AORE’s Patsy Kott Service Award for 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016: Mitch Hoffman, M.A., adjunct instructor in Kinesiology’s Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies undergraduate program, was awarded the Patsy Kott Service Award from the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) at their 2016 annual conference November 9-11. The award is described in the association’s press release: The Patsy Kott Service Award This award recognizes long-term … Continue reading Mitch Hoffman receives AORE’s Patsy Kott Service Award for 2016


Magnuson to present on Freshman Seminar Course

Monday, October 24, 2016: Connie Magnuson, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology’s Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies program, will present on her innovative and successful Freshman Seminar course, Go Outside and Play, at The Association for Experiential Education International Conference from October 27-30 in Minneapolis. Go Outside and Play is a course designed to introduce University of Minnesota freshmen to the … Continue reading Magnuson to present on Freshman Seminar Course


Magnuson to present at Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference

Tuesday, September 27, 2016: Connie Magnuson, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology’s Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies program, will present her poster Global Connectedness: Our Actions Matter at a conference on September 30, 2016 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on the U of M campus. Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference: Preparing Global-Ready Students will showcase current programs, … Continue reading Magnuson to present at Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference


Archive

Faculty

Tony Brown, PhD

Lecturer
Associate Director, Department of Recreational Sports

612-625-5856
brown094@umn.edu
More info

Chadwick Dayton

Teaching Specialist

612-624-3361
dayt0014@umn.edu
More info

Mitchell Hoffman

Teaching Specialist, PAP Instructor


mitch@umn.edu
More info

Gregory Lais

Teaching Specialist


laisx002@umn.edu
More info

Connie Magnuson, PhD

Senior Lecturer
Recreation Administration program coordinator

612-625-5653
magnu001@umn.edu
More info

Michelle Margo

Teaching Specialist


mmmargo@umn.edu
More info

Alexander McKinney

Teaching Specialist


mckin151@umn.edu
More info

Susie Miller

Teaching Specialist


mill1994@umn.edu
More info

Sean Morrissey

Lecturer; PAP Instructor

612-625-2732
morri102@umn.edu
More info

Gopher Adventure Race

This highly successful event was held for four years from 2010-2013 as an academic learning tool for the students in the Recreation Administration program. Students in 7 different Recreation courses along with a student Executive Committee under the direction of the Race Director planned and operated this extremely complex adventure challenge. Open to University of Minnesota students, staff, faculty and alumni, teams of two completed physical and mental challenges and deciphered clues that led them all over the Twin Cities campuses and surrounding community. Both adventurous and educational, participants learned a great deal about what an outstanding University we have and the tremendous "gems" located here.

No other University campus in the U.S. sits on a National Park allowing racers to go from canoeing in a National Park, to creating art at a famous art museum, to a 60’ repel off of the Armory tower, to a Natural History Museum to milking a cow and making butter all in one day!

The race course was new every year providing new challenges and experiences to all participants.

REC admin students learned about event planning, management, sponsorship, media promotion, public relations, organizational skills, staff supervision, partner development and many other important areas that are essential in the Recreation industry.


After four awesome, successful years presenting the race, we are moving on to other adventures. The program will now be providing other hands-on learning opportunities for the students. The Outdoor Recreation + Education minor and many other courses within the REC admin major have several community collaborations and hands on projects which provide valuable learning experiences for the students in this program.

Gopher Adventure Race Highlights
Gopher Adventure Race 2013
Gopher Adventure Race 2012
Gopher Adventure Race 2010

Internships

The Senior Internship (REC 3796) is done during the senior year of your REC admin program. This in-depth experience allows you to become fully immersed in the work environment under the supervision and mentorship of a professional in the recreation field. Application of knowledge and core foundations of the field learned in the classroom will be put into practice as you complete this final phase of your program. You may select up to two Recreation Agencies for your placement according to the specific career path that you have chosen.


Credit hours required

You will register for total of 9 credits and complete a total of 405 hours in the field. You may choose to complete your internship all in one semester or split the credits and the time between two semesters. A minimum of 3 credits will be required in a semester if you are splitting, with the balance taken in the second semester. Example: 3/6 or 4/5 or 5/4 or 6/3 or 9 credits.

Recreation agencies

You may complete your internship with one agency for the entire experience or you may elect to work at two different agencies. It is strongly suggested that students select agencies related to the career path that students are most interested. This is an excellent opportunity to learn and apply skills that will be relevant for employment in similar recreation agencies. Networking with professionals in your chosen career path will be very advantageous when seeking employment.

Prerequisites

It is strongly recommended that you complete REC 3541W prior to beginning your internship.

Steps to gain approval for your internship (REC 3796)

1

When you are admitted into the Recreation Administration program

2

One semester BEFORE you intend to start your senior internship (REC 3796)

3

Right before starting your internship

Review the Pre-Internship Experience Form and the RecAdmin Senior Intern Manual . You can start filling out your pre-internship experience forms immediately when you start in the program. You are expected to have a minimum of 100 hours of pre-internship experience, post high school, at two or more recreation agencies. Field experiences that are done as part of your coursework in your REC designated courses (REC 1501, REC 4271, etc.) will count towards your 100 hours.

  • Meet with your adviser in the School of Kinesiology early in the semester to go over your Pre-Internship Experience and Senior Internship Request forms. The forms need to be completed prior to meeting with your adviser. She will review your forms and APAS report and if you have met the requirements, will sign your "Request to Do Senior Internship" form and refer you to the Internship Supervisor.
  • You will then begin researching internship locations and start applying for positions.
  • Through this process we encourage you to:
    • Meet with a Career Counselor (612-624-7577) to go over your resume, cover letter, interviewing skills and to learn about how to effectively search for internships and experiences. There are also great examples and information on the Career Services website.
    • Review resources listed below under "Internship Opportunities" to get information on different Recreation internship locations and websites.
  • Once your location has been selected and confirmed, you will submit the Senior Internship Request form following to the Internship Supervisor with your School of Kinesiology adviser's signature and the Placement Information form.
  • Once your Senior Internship has been approved, you will receive a permission number from the Internship Supervisor to register for REC 3796

Review the REC Admin Senior Internship Manual to gain a better understanding about the expectations and role you will have throughout your experience. Information regarding your written assignments and final evaluation is contained in the Internship Manual.


Forms for your internship (REC 3796)

Internship Opportunities

Recreation Administration students develop fun and impactful careers in a variety of industries including. Listed below are agencies and companies that are partnered with the Recreation Administration program:

Metro Area

Wilderness Inquiry

612-676-9400

Minneapolis, MN

Wilderness excursion trip planning and leadership for individuals with disabilities

Center for Outdoor Adventure (COA)

612-625-8790

Minneapolis and Saint Paul

Student outdoor recreation opportunities.

Woodbury Parks and Recreation

651-714-3500

Woodbury, MN

Recreation programming and administration

Roseville Parks and Recreation

651-792-7000

Roseville, MN  

Recreation programming and administration  

Columbia Heights Parks and Recreation

763-706-3730  

Columbia Heights, MN

Recreation programming and administration  

Shakopee Parks and Recreation

952-233-9500

Shakopee, MN

Recreation programming and administration

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board

612-230-6400

Minneapolis, MN

Recreation programming and administration

St. Paul Parks and Recreation

651-266-6400

St. Paul, MN

Recreation programming and administration

Mounds View Parks and Recreation

763-717-4036  

Mounds View, MN

Recreation programming and administration

Ramsey County Parks and Recreation

651-748-2500

Ramsey County, MN

Recreation programming and administration

Three Rivers Park District

763-559-9000

Hennepin County, MN

Recreation programming and administration  

Maple Grove Parks and Recreation

763-494-6000

Maple Grove, MN

Recreation programming and administration  

Shoreview Parks and Recreation

651-490-4750

Shoreview, MN

Recreation programming and administration  

National Sports Center

763-785-5601

Blaine, MN

Recreation programming and administration  

Oakdale Parks and Recreation

651-747-3860

Oakdale, MN

Recreation programming and administration  

Plymouth Parks and Recreation

763-509-5200

Plymouth, MN

Recreation programming and administration  

Burnsville Parks and Recreation

952-895-4500

Burnsville, MN

Recreation programming and administration  

YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

612-465-0450

Mpls, St Paul area locations

Fitness, Childcare, Youth Development, Camp

Regional

Paddle Forward

Connecting your passions, studies, and enjoyment for the outdoors on an annual canoe expedition down a major river in the Mississippi Watershed.

Email Paddle Forward

Thistledew Programs

218-376-4411

Togo, MN

Wilderness therapy program for juvenile offenders  

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

651-296-6157

Minnesota (Various Locations)

Parks and recreation management  

International Wolf Center 

218-365-4695  

Ely, MN

Interpretation  

Camp Gray

800-711-4729

Reedsburg, WI

Catholic youth development camp  

Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association

414-423-1210

Wisconsin (Various Locations)

Recreation programming, education, and administration  

Soltreks

218-834-4607

Two Harbors, MN

Wilderness Therapy  

National

Blazing Adventures

800-282-7238

Snowmass Village, CO

Outdoor recreation excursions  

National Park Service 

See website for phone #’s

Various Locations

Park management  

United States Forest Service

800-832-1355

Various Locations

Recreation and administration

Oregon Department of Forestry

503-945-7290

Forest Grove, OR

Recreation, interpretation, environmental education

Camp Adventure Youth Service

319-273-5960

Various Locations

Youth development  

Campfire USA

816-285-2010

Various Locations

Youth development  

YMCA

800-872-9622

Various Locations

Youth programs

YWCA

202-467-0801

Various Locations

Recreation programming for young women

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center 

970-453-6422

Breckenridge, CO

Outdoor and wilderness programs emphasis on individuals with disabilities.  

National Outdoor Leadership School

800-710-6657

Various Locations (national, international)

Outdoor Leadership  

Outward Bound

866-204-9326 ext. 8

Various Locations

Wilderness expedition

Boise Parks and Recreation

208-384-4240

Boise, ID

Recreation programming and administration

Missoula Parks and Recreation

406-721-7275

Missoula, MT

Recreation programming and administration

Disneyland

See Website for contact info

Various Locations (national, international)

Commercial recreation

Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries

320 309-4781 (Byron Zahm)

Laramie, WY

Christian outdoor leadership education and wilderness adventure ministry. Activities include: backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, orienteering, and community building.

Freshman Seminar

Go Outside and Play!

Freshman Seminar Freshman Seminar

Today, students at the University of Minnesota need to balance the complex world of social pressures, increased technology, and stresses of college life with engaging in the outdoors. This Freshmen Seminar provides the opportunity to connect with your community, explore natural resources within the Twin Cities, create a sense of belonging, develop new friendships and most importantly... Have fun through physical activity and the outdoors!


Go Outside and Play! (Freshman Seminar) is designed to introduce University of Minnesota students to the great outdoors! Within the Twin Cities, outstanding agencies and numerous local, state, and national parks provide tremendous resources for community engagement and enrichment right in our backyard.

Through hiking, biking, standup paddleboarding, and canoeing, students learn numerous ways to incorporate healthy, fun, and life-long activities into their lives while understanding the importance of advocating for sustainable natural and environmental resources.

Twin Cities Outdoor Activity Ideas

Looking to be active and explore the Twin Cities? Explore Minnehaha Falls, Sculpture Garden, Como Zoo, canoe the Mississippi River, standup paddleboard on Lake Nokomis, bike to Loring Park, and bike along the Mississippi River as guided by Freshman Seminar Students!


2015

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Como Park and Conservatory
Minnehaha Falls Park

2014

The Como Zoo and Conservatory
Minnehaha Park
Minnesota Valley

2013

Stand up Paddleboarding at Lake Nokomis
Sculpture Garden 2013
A Nice Day for a Nice Ride along the River
A Day at Como Zoo
Como Zoo 2013
Minnehaha Falls 2013
Nice Ride to Loring Park and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Canoeing on the Mississippi River with Wilderness Inquiry
Travel by Train to Minnehaha Falls

Gear Up!

Get Outside - Get Involved - Get Immersed in REC

Show your pride in the Recreation Administration program by purchasing a REC hooded sweatshirt and long-sleeve t shirt. Simply complete the ORDER FORM and return with a check or cash to Dr. Connie Magnuson at 223 Cooke Hall.

Order soon as supplies are limited!

Sweatshirt

$28.00

Blue shirt

$14.00

Green shirt

$14.00

 Order

Outdoor Recreation + Education minor

This unique and exciting experiential program allows you to become fully immersed in the Outdoor Recreation + Education experience. Complete this entire minor in one semester!

Students will study, learn, and explore in a small cohort of fellow students that allows for an immersive experience of strategically planned curriculum that progressively builds throughout the semester. You have the option of starting your program with an international experience traveling to either Belize or Costa Rica. You will end with a leadership development course that takes you to the beautiful Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Northern Wisconsin!

Within the Outdoor Recreation + Education minor, you will develop outdoor recreation skills with hands-on learning experiences and ultimately work side-by-side with outdoor professionals in a directed study project.

Even as curriculum is designed to prepare you to work within the outdoor recreation industry, you will also acquire countless transferrable skills that will be valuable to virtually any future career path.

Application priority deadlines are October 15th for Spring and March 1st for Fall.

Minor Coordinator: Katie Koopmeiners, koopm035@umn.edu


Program Details + Requirements (University Catalog)

Travel to Tanzania, Costa Rica or Belize!

Outdoor Recreation + Education minor (ORE)

The Recreation Administration program offers both faculty led international trips as well as full semester abroad options. Three faculty led trips are currently being offered in RPLS as part of the Outdoor Recreation + Education minor (ORE). The trips are open to all University students with students in the ORE having priority registration.


See the ORE minor website for more information on this exciting experientially based minor!
Explore Costa Rica

REC 4191 Adventure Recreation, Tourism and Eco-Tourism:
Explore Costa Rica - 3 credits
Next trip: January 3-12, 2017

Climb Kilimanjaro

REC 4301 Wilderness and Adventure Education:
Climb Kilimanjaro - 4 credits
Next trip: TBD

Dive Belize

REC 4301 Wilderness and Adventure Education:
Dive Belize - 4 credits
Next trip: January 4-13, 2017

For registration information and trip details for Tanzania, Costa Rica, Belize or the Outdoor Recreation + Education minor (ORE), please send your inquiry to:
Dr. Connie Magnuson magnu001@umn.edu

Belize trip highligths & digital stories

REC 4301 Wilderness and Adventure Education: Dive Belize (4 credits)

This trip is an exciting and strenuous expedition to the beautiful country of Belize to explore the world’s second largest barrier reef and an UNESCO World Heritage Site! A custom itinerary is developed to maximize the educational opportunities this amazing country has to offer. Listed below are examples of previous adventures in Belize:

  • A two-day Discover SCUBA lesson that allows you to dive to an up-close view of the world’s second largest barrier reef and it’s endangered marine ecosystem.
  • A three-nights stay at a marine station on the reef to learn about threats to the barrier reef, what preservation is being done, and why we should care.
  • Travel by boat to the Smithsonian Research Station and snorkel the crystal clear waters nearby.
  • Visit a Jaguar Preserve and go tubing on the river through Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • A thrilling zip-line through the jungle of the Bocawina National Park!
Digital Stories Gallery

Students have created digital stories that depict particular topics related to our travel to Belize. These brief videos are informative and incorporate first hand accounts using research, expert interviews and actual photos and footage shot during our travels.


Belize
Belize
Ecotourism 101- by Shantal Pai and Jason Bates
Global citizenship: Being a responsible tourist - by Meredith Kelly
Belize project - by Brittney Heisserer and Kelley Izatt
Belise 2017 Global Citizenship - by Sergio Manancero
Tourism in Belize - by Jack Glennen
Dive into biodiversity - by Lauren Gonyea
Global citizen - by Nicole Eischens
Global citizenship: The Barrier Reef and tourism in Belize - by Emily Busch
Adventure Education - by Jenna Johnson and Shawna Baar
Belizean Business Culture - by Austin Burandt
Belize: Ecotourism vs. Preservation - by Selena Erstad
Marine Harvesting and Fishing Products - by Abby Sell and Anna Vukelich
Endangered Species in Belize - by Josie Burton and Maggie Yang
The Lionfish - by LiVon Tibbets and Carly Macgowen
Politics of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in Belize - by Mike Tessier and Adam Warren

Costa Rica trip highligths & digital stories

REC 4191 Adventure Recreation, Tourism and Eco-Tourism: Explore Costa Rica (3 credits)

Costa Rica, a landmass encompassing only .03% of the earth’s surface, contains 5% of earth’s biodiversity- a density that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. Costa Rica is green and lush year round. From tropical rainforests to unique cloud forests and vast wetlands, Costa Rica is teeming with life! The key to keeping Costa Rica’s biodiversity intact is a strong commitment to environmental education by understanding the natural world and the importance of sustained stewardship on its sensitive ecosystems. As global citizens, it is our responsibility to understand our role in protecting this important and valuable resource!

  • Learn about Costa Rica’s diversity, the important role of ecotourism, preservation, sustainability, and experience a variety of exciting adventure recreation activities.
  • Visit several National Parks, including Poas Volcano.
  • Enjoy a thrilling rafting trip on the Pecuare, a world-class, whitewater river flowing through a tropical forest.
  • Tour a coffee plantation to learn about fair trade practices and Costa Rica’s largest export crop.
  • Hike into the coastal jungle for overnight camping (a night hike with headlamps to seek out the nocturnal critters!).
  • Travel by boat to Poor Man’s Paradise (on the edge of Corcavodo National Park) for a 2- night stay on the beach near the Turtle Protection project.
  • Explore the underwater world and marine ecosystem of Cano Island National Park on a snorkeling expedition accompanied by manta rays and a pod of pilot whales!
  • Observe several varieties of monkeys, iguanas, sloths, and birds on a zip-line canopy tour at Hacienda Baru along the coast.
Digital Stories Gallery

Students have created digital stories that depict particular topics related to our travel to Costa Rica. These brief videos are informative and incorporate first hand accounts using research, expert interviews and actual photos and footage shot during our travels.


Costa Rica 2011
Costa Rica January 2011
Mangrove Ecosystems
- by Cameron French and Whitney Clapper
Is Free Trade Fair
- by Noah Marell and Eric Mullins
Understanding Cloud Forests
- by Maddie Hayes and Mollie Bremer
The Importance of the Rain Forests
- by Alice Widstrand
Biodiversity
- by Abby Jackson and Nic Nugent
Café de Costa Rica: Effects of Fair Trade Coffee
- by Katie O’Reilly
Eco-Tourism
- by Erick Major
Planning Travel to Costa Rica
- by Brianne Hoyt, Shay Koski, Will Luckman
Adventure Tourism
- by Venessa Fiedler
Costa Rica 2012
Costa Rica, January 2012
The Importance of the Rain Forest
- by Ari Brown and Jordan Palkovich
Carbon Neutral in Costa Rica
- by Alicia Wagner and Matt Schultz
Biodiversity of the Rainforest
- by Linda Johnson and Lissa Skogstad
Neotropical Migratory Birds
- by Iren Paskaleva and Trevor Bishop
Ecotourism: The Importance of Sustainable Travel
- by Brittany Linder and Kevin Reich & Kevin
Doka Coffee Estate, Costa Rica
- by David Eddy
Costa Rica: Marine & Coastal Ecosystems
- by Kristen Reich and Ian Ashton
Adventure Tourism in Costa Rica
- by Ben Phaneuf and Duane Nomeland Jr.

Tanzania trip highligths & digital stories

REC 4301 Wilderness and Adventure Education: Climb Kilimanjaro (4 credits)

Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the Seven Summits, the tallest mountain on the African continent. At 19,341 feet, it is an imposing and challenging climb with only a 40% annual success rate to reach the summit. Within REC 4301 (Wilderness and Adventure Education), students undertake this exciting and strenuous expedition as part of a 17-day trek to Tanzania.

Students persevere through challenging conditions, physical pain and altitude sickness to achieve their goal. The common theme was that we are all in this together! The students really look out for each other and are a tremendous support to one another. Students from many backgrounds and majors came together to not only to challenge themselves, but to also encourage others. We become a very tight-knit group and many life long friendships evolve from this shared experience. Throughout this experience, students engage in learning that occurs on so many levels on an intense, challenging trip like this is phenomenal. Mental and physical challenges, support others, learn from other cultures, gain a global perspective, and understand our role in world issues, while engaging in learning opportunities, life lessons, and unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

This trip is an exciting and strenuous expedition to Tanzania and ultimately climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro! A custom itinerary is developed to maximize the educational opportunities this amazing country has to offer. Listed below are examples of previous adventures in Tanzania:

  • Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro!
  • Extensive exploration of several of the National Parks and Conservation Areas throughout Tanzania.
  • Visits to Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Lake Manyara and the Serengeti National Park.
  • Hands-on learning and exploration of such topics as Climate Change, Tourism Impact, Conservation Efforts, Endangered Species, Global Citizenship, Cultural Diversity and many more!
Digital Stories Gallery

Students have created digital stories that depict particular topics related to our travel to Costa Rica. These brief videos are informative and incorporate first hand accounts using research, expert interviews and actual photos and footage shot during our travels


Tanzania 2014
Climb Kilimanjaro January 2014
A triumph of human spirit
Kilimanjaro 101
- by Maggie Solnitzky and Mary Russel
Climate Zones of Mt. Kilimanjaro
- by Charles Alton and Alexander Frost
National Parks of Tanzania
- by Kira Leichter and Michelle Brickley
Leave no Trace
- by Megan Leys and Sammi Nachtigal
Flora and Fauna of East Africa
- by Alyssa Smeling and Eric Berg
East African Geography
- by Jennifer Mackling
Ecotourism in Tanzania
- by Devon Cornell