Fall 2017


Capstone Project

Degree Name



Patty Born Selly


Experiential learning has been around for hundreds of years. This is one of many pedological methods that teachers use today. Technological advancements in the classroom, and in modern day society, is creating withdraw from these experiential hands on learning tactics in an outdoor setting. To understand the extreme importance and benefits of college level students to have interest and incorporate an experiential learning experience in their lives, presented below in the literature review there is content backing this approach. Through the literature review findings, my personal experience on expeditions, and in the field teachings, the Rediscovering North America experiential learning curriculum has been created. The resulting curriculum consists of lessons for any college level student to pursue an expedition like the Rediscovering North America canoe trip. Experiential learning lessons pertaining to the structure and function of the brain, how students make decisions, interaction amongst each other through group dynamics and expedition behavior. Becoming stewards of the land through environmental topics like Leave No Trace, watershed, and human impact. Lastly, observing the natural world through the phenology lense, understanding biomes, species development, and migration. All of which would be experienced during an expedition style trip. Together, the contents of my research and project included with my paper answer, what are the benefits of college level students participating in an experiential learning expedition?

Project Type



Adult Education, Curriculum, Environmental Studies, Teachers/ Teaching

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