Prepare for a career in ecotourism with this outdoor adventure program - 2022/2023
The two-year Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership diploma program will prepare you for a career in the ecotourism industry, managing authentic learning experiences that respect local ecological principles in their natural surroundings. This outdoor adventure program utilizes an experiential learn approach to allow students to gain experience and certifications. What could be better than an outdoor adventure career in ecotourism sharing the wonder and beauty of nature with others?
The three pillars of the program
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.
To prepare you for the dynamic and complex ecotourism industry, this outdoor adventure diploma program has been built on three key principles:
- Adventure Expedition
- Interpretive Naturalist
- Business Entrepreneurship
When finished the program, you’ll graduate with a holistic view of the natural world, with knowledge of the conservation, tourism, and business sides of the adventure industry. 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. Watch our program video to learn more.
- Our 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.
- We have a new course called "The Ethical Engagement of Wildlife Photography," which teaches the intricate skills of both wildlife biology and wildlife photography.
- 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.
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.
Being a part of this unique and intensive program, that combines both the love of travel and the outdoors, quickly became a very special time in my life. It allowed me to push myself in directions I never thought possible before.
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Admission Requirements - 2022/2023
Admission RequirementsOSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.SDS Program Requirements.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Applicant Selection CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Post-Admission RequirementsThe following item is applicable to the program:
- Evidence of Good Health
Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership-2022/2023
|WRIT-1042||Reason & Writing 1-Tourism/Hospitality||3|
|This course will introduce tourism and hospitality students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.|
|MKTG-1083||Marketing & Market Research Basics||3|
|This course will provide students with a comprehension of the basic concepts and processes of marketing and market research. Students will learn to research and analyze market opportunities; evaluate product concept and design; pricing decisions, evaluate distribution, promotion as well as develop an awareness of technology driven markets.|
|ENVR-1029||Wildlife of North America||3|
|This course will introduce students to the wildlife in North America according to geographic locales. Students will develop an understanding of wildlife identification, habitat selection, safety, and conservation principles. From this foundation the students will understand the responsibility of wildlife management, nature appreciation and the opportunities in developing successful Wildlife Viewing Programs. Wildlife viewing activities will include Active, Passive, Guided and non-guided viewing programs.|
|ECOL-1003||Ecology & Conservation||3|
|This course will introduce students to major ecological and conservation concepts and techniques. An overview of local and global environmental issues is included. Students will examine individual, group, and governmental activities important for protecting natural ecosystems. Students will review pertinent literature in order to identify problems and issues; utilize research methodology for the study of natural ecosystems; and develop an understanding of appropriate solutions and analytical techniques.|
|Students will learn how natural environments function and how humans can manage their ecosystems in order to live sustainably. This course will provide an overview of the principles of sustainability and will familiarize students with a number of environmental sustainability initiatives and practices. Students will be able to articulate the benefits of developing sustainable business practices; analyse existing practices, and foster attitudes of responsible environmental management. Students will examine concepts that challenge our natural environment (including air/water pollution, agriculture, climate change, human population growth, resource management) and examine case studies and best practices for sustainability and preservation of sensitive ecosystems.|
|PHOT-1076||Ethical Wildlife Photography||3|
|This course will provide a study that combines the intricate field components of wildlife biology and wildlife photography. By applying the skills learned in the classroom, students will create a series of unique wildlife photographic portfolios in actual wildlife expedition experiences. This course explores both the fundamentals of photography and the complex relationship between photography and the natural world.|
|TOUR-1006||Adventure Expedition 1-The North Shore||3|
|The fall expedition program is designed to allow the students an opportunity to learn and explore the natural environment under the guidance and supervision of program coordinator Robin Tapley. During the field course and assignments students will practice and administer their learning skills in real life scenarios. They will have an opportunity to work with professionals, develop partnerships and create experiential learning activities within each of the selected Expedition Regions. The "North Shore" Expedition will challenge them to understand, assess, evaluate and develop unique interpretive messages, special events and activities. The students will be participating in a series of daily activities including: 1) developing program concepts, 2) understanding food safety and menu planning, 3) evaluating and reviewing site plans and unique environmental locations 4) developing and creating trails and interpretive signs, 5) participating in birding inventories and developing interpretive programs 6) developing interpretive messages relating to unique habitats, 7) developing and delivering astronomy programs, 8) wildlife and astro-photography sessions, and 9) wild edibles programs. The students will be engaged in learning activities and participate in existing programs, have behind the scenes tours of the partnering facilities and participate in creating a series of new and innovative experiences. The partnering organizations may include the following: 1) Long Point Eco Adventure Centre, 2) Bird Studies Canada, 3) Delta Waterfowl Centre, and 4) Adventure Works Associates.|
|HLTH-3042||Wilderness & Remote First Aid||5|
|This course has been designed for those seeking careers in guiding, field workers or those working in remote settings. Students will learn solid foundations in wilderness pre-hospital emergency care. Course curriculum covers various traumatic injuries, patient assessments, incident triage, long-term patient care, leader responsibility and liability, wilderness first aid kits, wound cleaning, evacuation procedures, spinal precautions, commonly encountered wilderness emergencies and illness and working with Emergency Medical Services.|
|This course will provide students with a comprehension of the basic concepts and processes of marketing and market research. Students will learn to apply, research and analyse market opportunities; evaluate product concept and design; pricing decisions, evaluate distribution and understand promotion and its connection to social media platforms.|
|BUSI-3036||Business Strategies & Corp Partnerships||3|
|This course will provide students with a comprehension of the basic concepts and processes of business fundamentals. Students will learn to apply research and analyze these fundamentals; evaluate legal ethical and responsible business in Canada; review entrepreneurship and small business venture, discuss human resource management and explore basic financial management and accounting.|
|TOUR-3002||Group Assistance & Guiding||3|
|This course will introduce the students to the various levels of guiding and the types of situations they might encounter while on expedition. In addition, they will be able to maintain a positive expedition experience by combining their skills in interpretation of the natural surroundings. As interpreters they will use their knowledge of the natural surroundings to conduct effective learning experiences through subliminal techniques. Their skills as expedition/group leaders will also allow them to maintain a positive environment during negative situations and how to keep control in a group environment where a diversity of personalities can conflict. Group and client safety are the key concerns of the interpreter expedition guide, students will have the ability to asses a variety of situations and be able to make effective decisions.|
|HORT-3025||Flora & Fauna||3|
|This course will introduce the students to the diversity of Flora and Fauna in Canada. Students will develop an understanding of how geographical locations can effect the abundance of wildlife based on climate, location, habitat and the environment. From this foundation the students will be able to identify wildlife habitats and the types of indigenous and non indigenous species (both abiotic and biotic) that inhibit these environments. In addition the students will develop their skills in research techniques combining both in class and field study that enhances their visual and analytical skills. As Interpreters they will be able to develop informative wildlife experiences based on their ability to observe and effectively communicate all levels of their natural surroundings.|
|LAWS-3054||Legislation & Protection Act||3|
|This course will provide students an opportunity to review, analyze, and interpret current legislation and protection acts relative to interpretive guiding, conservation, and wildlife. Students will be introduced to various acts and their applications within the field.|
|TOUR-3003||Adventure Expedition 2-Winter Camping||3|
|The course is the second in the series of 'Adventure Expeditions' and provides students an opportunity to learn and practice the art of outdoor winter activities and survival during winter conditions. This field course includes elements of winter camping including preparation and planning; navigation; food packing and preparation and shelter; as well as appropriate outdoor activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.|
|COOP-1020||Co-operative Education Employment Prep||1|
|This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.|
|ENVR-5013||Environmental Interpretation & Skills||5|
|This course provides students an opportunity to continue developing interpretive abilities, and complements the skills developed in the Interpretive Naturalist and Group Assistance and Guiding courses, among others. An essential component of environmental interpretation is proper planning. Students will examine various approaches, principles, processes and techniques relevant to interpretive planning. Students will learn how to practice thematic interpretation, prepare and present a talk using visual aids appropriately, conduct group activities in a planned and meaningful way, prepare exhibits, develop self-guided tours; and plan, effectively deliver, and evaluate an interpretive program.|
|MGMT-5076||Advocacy & Leadership||3|
|Students will develop an understanding of the principles of sound leadership and professional advocacy, including the characteristics of excellent leaders. Students will learn to identify personal biases and beliefs and develop an understanding of their impact on both leadership styles and advocacy methods. Students will learn to present a professional opinion and to move forward an idea or concept in the face of opposition.|
|COMM-5023||Grant Research & Proposal Writing||3|
|This course develops students' professional communication skills (both oral and written) for the interpretive guiding profession. Students produce a variety of documents appropriate for their workplaces including emails, letters, reports, as well as grant applications. Tone, format, organization, and word choice are critical factors in these documents. Students incorporate skills such as research, critical thinking, and summarizing into preparing a proposal, and oral presentation. They also address various communication challenges in a diverse workplace.|
|BSCI-5008||Client Services & Professional Ethics||3|
|This course provides students the opportunity to learn theories and practices of providing excellent customer service and performing in an ethical and professional manner on the job. Areas of study include; identifying 'customers', standards of excellent service, teamwork and team decision making on the job; personal and professional codes of ethics; ethical issues in the workplace, and the application of ethics to the decision-making process.|
|GEOL-3002||Geology, Cartography & GPS/GIS||3|
|The course will introduce the students to the disciplines of Geology, the study of the earths surface and structure; Cartography, the study and practice of making maps; Global Positioning Systems (GPS), a system of earth-orbiting satellites transmitting signals continuously towards the earth, that enables the position of a receiving device on or near the earth's surface to be accurately estimated; and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), a system of hardware and software used for storage, retrieval, mapping, and analysis of geographic data. Students will acquire knowledge and comprehension of these related disciplines and apply these fields into interactive interpretive programs.|
|Interpretive Naturalist -Interpretation blends science with art to touch lives and inspire an awareness and appreciation for our natural and cultural resources. The Interpretive Naturalist assumes the role and has the ability to present many programs that share the unique stories of our natural and cultural environments, This course provides students an opportunity to synthesize elements of their academic courses, expeditions and co-op experiences in order to plan, prepare, deliver, and evaluate interpretive programs. Students will develop and deliver their own program as well as participate in peer reviews. In addition the students will continue to develop their skills in research techniques combining both in class and field study to enhance their visual, analytical and presentation skills. As Interpreters they will be able to develop informative presentations based on their ability to observe and effectively communicate all levels of their natural surroundings in a variety of environments including hiking, biking, canoeing/kayaking, in formal and wilderness settings.|
|This intensive fall expedition program is designed to allow the students an opportunity to learn and explore canoe and kayak skills in the natural environment, under the guidance and supervision of coordinator; Robin Tapley. During the field course, students will practice and refine new skills specifically related to canoe and kayaking. They will have an opportunity to work with professionals, get certified in a number of areas, and develop partnerships within each of the selected Expedition Regions. This expedition will challenge students to push their limits, learn new skills in a new area, and acquire important certifications for the tourism and travel industries. The students will be participating in a series of daily activities including: 1) developing program concepts 2) understanding food safety and menu planning 3) canoeing 4) kayaking. The students will be engaged in learning activities and participate in existing certification courses designed and implemented by various partners.|
Careers - 2022/2023
Career OpportunitiesGraduates of this program will have the ability to develop, operate and manage attractions, resorts, activities, trails, and interpretive projects. Graduates will be able to design, deliver, and evaluate meaningful interpretive programs for a variety of audiences. They will be prepared to begin their careers as leaders within the eco-tourism industry.
More Information - 2022/2023
A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
Campus Code: SC (SC - Simcoe)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactSimcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus: 519-426-8260
Program DescriptionThe Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership (Co-op) program, leading to an 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.
Graduates of the program will be able to pursue full-time careers in the field of Natural History and Adventure Program Development and Environmental Research and Attraction Development. Globally, there is an increasing demand for high value individual and group activities that foster an intense level of excitement enveloped in an environment that specializes in authentic learning experiences that are hands-on, participatory, active and enthusiastic and respect ecological principles in their natural surroundings.
Students will develop knowledge and skills in a variety of areas related to this industry. This will include marketing, business, communication strategies and media, ecological practices and principles, flora and fauna, geology, group assistance and guiding, environmental interpretation and education, professional ethics, management of national and heritage of natural areas, interpretive techniques and wilderness first aid.
- This two-year Ontario College Diploma program is delivered in an accelerated format over four continuous terms. Students begin the program in September and complete the following December, sixteen months later. Two terms of academic work are followed by one co-op term and then one final academic term.
- While neither a Criminal Reference Check (CRC) nor a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) are required for admission to or participation in this program, some employers require one or both of these in order to be considered for a co-op work opportunity. If a student's CRC or VSS prevent them from securing an appropriate co-op work experience, they are permitted to complete the academic program and graduate with a diploma. They would not, however, meet the requirements for a co-op endorsed diploma.
Co-operative EducationIn order to be eligible for co-op, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and be academically complete at the commencement of their co-op work term.
This is a Co-operative Education Diploma program delivered in an accelerated format. Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a co-op endorsed diploma. More information about co-operative education can be found at www.fanshawec.ca/co-op.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
1. Perform interpretive naturalist activities using ecological, environmental and geographical concepts related to flora, fauna, and wildlife.
2. Instruct and safely guide others in ecotourism activities and adventure expeditions such as canoeing, snowshoeing, backpacking, and camping.
3. Design, deliver, and evaluate meaningful interpretive programs for a variety of audiences.
4. Develop and present a marketing plan for ecotourism and adventure expeditions.
5. Develop a business plan capitalizing on opportunities in the adventure expeditions and ecotourism industries.
6. Provide safe environments for interpretive and outdoor activity by using current and relevant risk management concepts and strategies.
7. Complete all work in compliance with the appropriate ethical, legislative and regulatory requirements of the ecotourism and adventure-tourism industries.
For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
Program DetailsMore details
2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through ontariocolleges.ca.