Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

General Overview

The Environmental Conservation & Outdoor Education Expedition (ECOEE) program is a unique, semester-long field studies program offered through the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration at Western Illinois University. Developed in 1976, the ECOEE program supports professional preparation in outdoor leadership through experiential education. While prerequisite planning courses take place during the spring semester, the actual expedition occurs during the fall semester of that same year.

The ECOEE curriculum focuses on several areas within the parks and recreation profession and provides students with unique opportunities to: acquire and apply leadership principles and concepts in real situations; interface with recreation professionals in a variety of settings and disciplines; observe, develop, and lead outdoor education and interpretation programs; learn and practice minimum impact techniques of wilderness living and travel; and experience small group living and improve communication and group facilitation skills. Other values to be found on ECOEE are: Development of a personal career philosophy, increased self-confidence, heightened self-awareness, improved understanding of group dynamics, a broader perspective on the field of recreation, and the utilization of opportunity teaching.

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About Jeff Tindall

Get to know the ECOEE Coordinator.

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COURSE WORK

Participating in ECOEE is also a way to earn a minor in Outdoor Leadership.

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HISTORY OF ECOEE

The history of the Environmental Conservation and Outdoor Education Expedition as told by its founder, Dr. Frank "Doc" Lupton.

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COST COMPARISON

ECOEE fees include food, transportation, permits and fees, conference registration, group gear rental, campsite fees, and etc.

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PROGRAM BROCHURE

Who should apply for Outdoor Leadership Minor/ECOEE? Download a copy of the program brochure...

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