Western Illinois University ECOEE
The Environmental Conservation and Outdoor Education Expedition (ECOEE) program is a 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 occurs 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 provides students with unique opportunities to: acquire and apply leadership principles and concepts in real situations; interact 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 while improving communication and group facilitation skills. Other obtained from ECOEE include: 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.