Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration
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.
RPTA 349: Expedition Planning (3)
RPTA 249: Principles of Outdoor Adventure Recreation (3)
HISTORY OF ECOEE
The Environmental Conservation and Outdoor Education Expedition (ECOEE)
ECOEE fees include food, transportation, permits and fees, conference registration, group gear rental, campsite fees, and etc.
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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 in the spring semester, the actual field studies expedition takes place during the fall semester. The field studies experience focuses on principles of outdoor leadership and teaching, wilderness travel and minimum impact camping skills, outdoor adventure recreation, and environmental education and interpretation.
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.
Applicants to the ECOEE program should be majors in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration or declare a minor in Outdoor Leadership. Although the program is available to graduate and undergraduate students, ECOEE is typically an undergraduate experience. ECOEE students typically enroll in four (6) hours of prerequisite courses in the preceding spring semester and eighteen (18) hours of courses during the fall expedition. Students accepted into ECOEE are strongly recommended to acquire their Wilderness First Responder Certification and CPR before leaving in the fall. Course descriptions are listed below; all courses are offered through the Department of RPTA.