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Wilderness Leadership & Experiential Education

Brevard College’s Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (WLEE) program is the nation’s premier outdoor leadership and experiential education program.

 

 

  

What you’ll experience in the WLEE program:

  • You’ll learn by doing. You’ll participate in the Immersion Semester, which involves 35 overnights in the field, a six-day sea kayaking expedition, a three-day caving trip, and a 21-day wilderness expedition.
  • You’ll gain marketable skills. You’ll develop marketable skills including logistics and planning, conflict resolution, and problem solving. You’ll also learn to become an effective communicator and ethical leader.
  • You’ll live and learn in a distinct outdoor environment. You’ll study, and play in Pisgah National Forest, Gorges State Park, and DuPont State Forest. Brevard College is also located in Transylvania County, which is home to North America’s highest concentration of waterfalls (over 250!). Brevard College operates in the National Forest under a Special Permit Use.
  • You’ll gain both teachers and mentors among the WLEE faculty. Classes are small (our average class size is 15), and you’ll receive individual attention and help when you need it. 

 

Career Opportunities

Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education graduates work in wilderness therapy, higher education administration, outdoor related businesses, environmental fields, experiential education, the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and municipal parks and recreation commissions. 

 

Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Students receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Wilderness Leadership & Experiential Education). A Minor in Wilderness Leadership & Experiential Education is also available.

 

 

Faculty

Professor of Wilderness Leadership & Experiential Education
Associate Professor of Wilderness Leadership & Experiential Education
Associate Professor of Wilderness Leadership & Experiential Education
Assistant Professor of Wilderness Leadership & Experiential Education