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Ecotourism and Adventure Travel

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Ecotourism and Adventure Travel

Ecotourism and Adventure Travel

Key Program Features: Real-world experience, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

Ecotourism has been the fastest growing niche travel market for the last several years.

Ecotourism, by definition, is travel that focuses on being environmentally and culturally responsible while appreciating nature and promoting conservation. You will study nature and ecological sciences, interpretive/tour guide services, wilderness skills, hospitality tourism, and the lodging business.

Experience some of the most unique training opportunities in the United States by obtaining skills that focus on travel that is environmentally sound, culturally sensitive, and economically sustainable. In addition, each term offers a specialized focus to add to your education.

Students build their skills and knowledge in basic biological sciences, environmental issues, outdoor leadership skills, wilderness travel skills, natural history and cultural interpretation, resource and business management, assessment of ecotour-related ventures, and sustainable resource management.


The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel:

  • Assess and evaluate tourist-based activities as they relate to sustainable development;
  • Plan, develop, and execute guided and self-guided interpretation programs that focus on natural and cultural history of a given area;
  • Inventory, develop, and implement resource management plans for natural areas and ecotourist sites;
  • Initiate and implement, through networking with community action groups, regional ecotourism activities;
  • Assess, develop plans for, and identify steps of implementation for the transformation of a traditional hospitality operation to an environmentally sound operation;
  • Demonstrate competency in the safe operation and care of watercraft;
  • Effectively operate front desk and minor operation of an ecotourism facility;
  • Assess and evaluate a wilderness area for qualities that will make it an appropriate site for adventure leadership training;
  • Plan, develop, and execute a trip that focuses on developing wilderness skills and leadership;
  • Evaluate all types of equipment pertaining to outdoor travel, as to their appropriateness and effectiveness in a variety of situations;
  • List many sources for outdoor gear;
  • Analyze, minimize, and communicate the environmental impact of different outdoor activities and procedures on specific environments; and,
  • Safely lead inexperienced participants into a remote wilderness setting.

 

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Hocking College

2017 - 2018 Associate of Applied Science in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel

Total Credit Hours:
64.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$7,367.00

Class Hours: 26.0
Lab Hours: 75.0

Total Credit Hours:
64.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$7,367.00

Class Hours: 26.0
Lab Hours: 75.0

 

Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ECO-1100 Intro to Ecotourism and Adventure Travel 0.00 4.00 2.00 $400.00
  ECO-1106 Princ. of Ecotourism & Sustainability 1.50 3.00 3.00 $100.00
  FOR-1109 Dendrology 1.00 0.00 1.00 $40.00
  FOR-1109L Dendrology Lab 0.00 4.00 2.00 $140.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  ECO-1135 Event Management 1.00 0.00 1.00 $70.00
  INTP-1121 Interpretive Guide Techniques 1.00 4.00 3.00 $250.00
  INTP-2109 Night Interpretation 0.00 2.00 1.00 $90.00
  MATH-1103 Applied Mathematics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $182.00
    Totals 7.50 19.00 17.00 $1,352.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  BIOS-1132 Field Biology 0.50 0.00 0.50 $10.00
  BIOS-1132L Field Biology Lab 0.00 3.00 1.50 $85.00
  WLM-2271 Ornithology 1.00 0.00 1.00 $10.00
  WLM-2271L Ornithology Lab 0.00 2.00 1.00 $75.00
  GEO-1107 World Geography 2.00 0.00 2.00 $40.00
  BIOS-1163 Wild Edible Plants and Mycology 0.00 2.00 1.00 $200.00
  ECO-2122 Ecotourism Guiding 1.50 3.00 3.00 $119.00
  GEO-1125 Map Reading and Interpretation 0.00 2.00 1.00 $95.00
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
    Totals 9.00 12.00 15.00 $684.00

  COURSE NO. SUMMER SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  NRM-2296 Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00
    Totals 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ECO-2289 Adventure Leadership 1.00 7.00 4.50 $300.00
  ECO-1144 Canoeing Fundamentals 0.00 2.00 1.00 $140.00
  ECO-1188 Camping Equipment & Backpacking 0.00 4.00 2.00 $203.00
  ECO-1155 Whitewater Rescue 0.00 2.00 1.00 $100.00
  NRM-1124 Rappelling & Vertical Rope Rescue 0.00 2.00 1.00 $200.00
  NRM-1148 Sport Rock Climbing 0.00 1.00 0.50 $100.00
  ECO-1145 Sea Kayaking 0.00 2.00 1.00 $525.00
  ECO-1125 Bahamian Culture and Tourism 0.00 2.00 1.00 $522.00
  ECO-1199 Open & Advanced Open Water Scuba - Bahamas 0.00 4.00 2.00 $1,043.00
  BIOS-1104 Coastal & Marine Ecology-Bahamas 1.00 2.00 2.00 $1,043.00
    Totals 2.00 28.00 16.00 $4,176.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ECO-2185 Sustainable Resource Area Management 1.00 4.00 3.00 $220.00
  ECO-2105 Ecotourism & Adventure Careers 1.00 0.00 1.00 $45.00
  ECO-2229 Wilderness First Responder 0.00 2.00 1.00 $650.00
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  *** Ecotourism Elective I 0.00 0.00 3.00  
  *** Social Science Elective 0.00 0.00 3.00  
    Totals 5.00 6.00 14.00 $955.00
FIRST SEMESTER
Course Hours: 7.50 Lab Hours: 19.00 Cost: $1,352.00

SECOND SEMESTER
Course Hours: 9.00 Lab Hours: 12.00 Cost: $684.00

SUMMER SEMESTER
Course Hours: 1.00 Lab Hours: 7.00 Cost: $100.00

THIRD SEMESTER
Course Hours: 2.00 Lead Hours: 28.00 Cost: $4,176.00

FOURTH SEMESTER
Course Hours: 5.00 Lab Hours: 6.00 Cost: $955.00

Additional Resources

Ecotourism and Adventure TravelA Career in Ecotourism and Adventure
Travel is an Exciting Daily Experience 

Graduates of the Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Program are employed in private and public ecotourism sites including positions in national parks, environmental and community education centers (zoos, museums, aquariums, nature centers), resort and lodge operations, adventure camps, adventure leadership schools, adventure therapy programs, outdoor education schools, and the tourism industry.

 
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