This is a selected list of programs
and organizations which have
websites which help to illustrate
the rich range of unique locations and
program style of experiential education programs. The list
has the ambition of being 'representative' but currently reflects an emphasis
on experiential programs which utilize natural locations and adventure-based
Adventure Travel & Ecotourism - Different
kinds of organized travel programs have emerged and become more popular in
recent decades, including concepts such as
Volunteer Tourism (google search).
Discovery Program, Prospect
Heights Middle School - Inspired by an Outward Bound course, Andy Mink,
a teacher, developed an experiential and outdoor learning program for his
middle school. Also read
this article about
how Andy's Outward Bound course inspired him.
Chewonki Foundation -
A well-known outdoor/environmental education program
in Maine, USA. Aims to foster an appreciation for the natural world,
and for working in community with others via camps, teacher workshops,
environmental education, wilderness expeditions, etc.
Dynamy’s Internship Year -
Offers an experiential “gap year” program for both high school graduates and
college students in the USA. Combines urban residential living,
one-on-one mentoring/advising, optional academic credit, service-learning,
and wilderness experience with Outward Bound and the Boojum Institute.
Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound -
experiential education program in schools, based on Outward Bound
Outdoor Adventure Education
& Czech Culture - a 7-day experiential course for foreign university
students to explore Czech culture through outdoor education and adventure.
Outward Bound Czech - A
relatively new Outward Bound program which is unique in its emphasis on more
creative, dramatic, and socially challenging style of traditional,
physically-tough, Outward Bound wilderness expedition style programs.
Andy Martin did a PhD thesis recently on Czech OB programs (more
info about this study).
Play for Peace - Brings groups of
children and youth from conflicting cultures together to experience joy,
laughter and break down barriers. Also see
Peace & Experiential Education.
Project Adventure - Offers extensive, well-known
curriculum and training in the use of experiential group games and
activities for learning, development and therapy.
REAL School - Alternative education
for at-risk, adolescents, Maine, USA. Recently headed by Ray Handley,
a well-known alternative teacher and adventure therapist from Australia
Sail Training Programs - Engaging students
with living and travel via sea has and will continue to offer a novel medium
for experiential education.
Women's Wilderness Institute
- Focuses on making outdoor adventures accessible and palatable to girls and
women who may otherwise fear venturing into what is commonly perceived as a
masculine domain. Also see Gender and Outdoor