Adventure Education Conference comes home to WCU in its 20th year

The 20th annual Adventure Education Conference returns Friday, Nov. 2, to the place it began – the campus of Western Carolina University.

Hosted by the parks and recreation management program in the College of Education and Allied Professions, the event’s theme is “Twenty Years of Adventure.” The keynote speaker at 9:30 a.m. will be WCU’s Winford “Windy” Gordon, assistant professor of psychology. His topic is “Twenty Years Later: We Are Bigger; Are We Better?”

The conference is an opportunity for students and professionals in outdoor education to interact through presentations and networking opportunities. Workshops, exhibits, presentations and hands-on learning opportunities – many of them in outdoor settings – are featured throughout the conference. Registration is $25 ($30 for non-students) and includes catered breakfast and lunch. Door prizes will be given.

With registration and breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. in the Grandroom of the A.K. Hinds University Center, the conference will convene an hour later with a welcome from Dale Carpenter, interim dean of Education and Allied Professions.

The Adventure Education Conference began at Western Carolina with students in the Parks and Recreation Majors Club in 1992, and has grown to become an annual regional event hosted in rotation by Brevard College, Montreat College, North Greenville College, Southwestern Community College, Warren Wilson College and WCU. This year, the conference is sponsored by Falling Creek Camp for boys in Zirconia. and Camp Merrie-Woode for girls near Sapphire.

For more information, contact Ben Tholkes at 828-227-3843 or or Maurice Phipps at 828-227-3844 or