Fanshawe College

Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership - AEL1J


To prepare you for the dynamic and complex ecotourism industry, this outdoor adventure diploma program has been built on three key pillars:Adventure Expedition
Interpretive Naturalist
Business Entrepreneurship
You’ll study marketing and business strategies, along with ecological and science-based courses in flora and fauna, geology, adventure guiding, environmental interpretation and education, management of national and heritage of natural areas, and wilderness first aid. Watch our program video to learn more.Our Expedition 3 provides students with an opportunity to use their program skills to complete a multi-day canoe trip, enabling students to work collaboratively and gain essential canoe-tripping experience.Students have the opportunity to receive 16 outdoor certifications upon graduation, ensuring they have the skills to be successful in a variety of relevant disciplines. When finished the program, you’ll graduate with a holistic view of the natural world, and with knowledge of the conservation, tourism and business sides of the adventure industry.The Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership (Co-op) program, leading to a two-year Ontario College Diploma, provides the training, practical skills and eco-tourism industry experience to prepare graduates for work locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally as Interpretive Naturalist leaders.You'll have the skills to develop and manage resorts, trails, and interpretive projects. You’ll be able to design, deliver, and evaluate programs that will affect people deeply, and serve your passions for the earth in all of its wonder and beauty.This program is delivered in an accelerated format over four continuous terms. Students begin the program in September and complete it the following December, sixteen months later. Two terms of academic work are followed by one co-op term and then one final academic term.

This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Fanshawe's commitment to excellence.

Program Duration:
45 weeks
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
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