Ecotourism

canoes at the lake at sunset

Program at a glance

Program code: 
010405
Accreditation: 
Ontario College Certificate
Length of study: 
1 year
Study options: 
Full-time - September & January
Campus location: 
College Drive, West Parry Sound, Online

Learn practical skills in class and in the beautiful Northern Ontario landscape. This program will give you the skills you need to work in the ever-expanding ecotourism industry. You will obtain knowledge and skill-sets required to work in outdoor-based tourism organizations or to operate your own unique business. Develop leadership skills while engaging in a number of activities including hiking and snowshoeing. Fun and informative field trips will take you to ecology centres, outdoor adventure organizations and natural attractions in the area. Program highlights include camping skills, nature identification, earth science, native customs and traditions, search and rescue techniques and outdoor games. You can also obtain additional certification including a nationally-recognized GPS training course.

 

Ecotourism graduates are eligible to complete any of these diploma programs in two additional full-time semesters: Recreation and Leisure Services, Recreation Therapy and Strength and Sport Conditioning.



“The Ecotourism program is experiential - they live it, they see it, they experience it, they touch it. As advisors and participants in the training, we use the five E’s to define the program. It is the hallmark of what the program does: Educational - Ecological - Experiential - Entertaining - Exciting.”

Bill Steer, Manager of Education, Canadian Ecology Centre

 

Your Future Careers

  • Tourist resorts
  • National and provincial parks
  • Youth and adventure camps
  • Outfitter companies
  • Trail development
  • Outdoor adventure organizations
  • Conservation authorities

What You Learn

  • Leadership and program planning
  • Ecotourism programming
  • Sports and special events
  • Legislation and risk management
  • Concepts and principles of ecotourism
  • Marketing

 

Admission Requirements: 

Program Prerequisites

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U.


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Curriculum: 

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September Start

Semester One - Fall:

REC 105Leadership and Program Planning

REC 108Introduction to Recreation/Leisure Services

REC 109Concepts and Principles of Ecotourism

REC 218Marketing Recreation and Leisure

CMM 125College Communication I

GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online

 

Semester Two - Winter:

REC 128Sports and Special Events

REC 130Legislation and Risk Management

REC 131Ecotourism Programming

REC 230Financial Management (7 wks)

REC 252Practicum - Ecotourism

GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online

 

January Start

Semester One - Winter:

REC 128Sports and Special Events

REC 130Legislation and Risk Management

REC 131Ecotourism Programming

REC 230Financial Management (7 wks)

REC 252Practicum - Ecotourism

GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online

 

Semester One - Fall:

REC 105Leadership and Programming Planning

REC 108Introduction to Recreation/Leisure Services

REC 109Concepts and Principles of Ecotourism

REC 218Marketing Recreation and Leisure

CMM 125College Communication I

GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online

 

Note: Students must have appropriate clothing, hiking boots, and personal equipment (backpack, sleeping bag, etc.) to participate in outdoor activities throughout the year. Some agencies may require a police check for program practicum.

Students complete over 200 hours of practical experience and participate in a variety of specialized workshops, training sessions, and field trips.


Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided on our website. The College reserves the right to modify any course, program, curriculum, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time.

Learning Outcomes: 

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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Additional Credentials: 

CERTIFICATE TO DIPLOMA OPTION

The program curriculum is designed to offer students the opportunity to obtain an Ecotourism Certificate and a related recreation diploma within two years:



ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

Students explore industry certification in a number of areas including: Canoe Tripping Level I, Advanced Wilderness First Aid, Standard Hike Leader, and Chain Saw Operator. Students complete these certifications at their own expense and generally outside of class time.

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