REC 480 Field Trip
In late September, the REC 480 class led by Dr. Sharp took a field trip to Sheltowee Trace Outfitters, a family-run business that rents outdoor adventure equipment and also provides guides and shuttle services if needed. Dr. Sharp arranged this field trip so his students could see a well-run program first hand. Also, part of their exercise was critiquing said program. Students critiqued it based on organizational details, effectiveness of the program facilitator, appropriateness of the program, and the purpose of the program.
Morgan Thacker and Stephanie Bradford, seniors in the Recreation and Park Administration Department, are two of the REC 480 students. In discussing what they learned from the field trip, Morgan replied, “There is so much that goes into owning a business and hiring the right people for the job. Also, it’s very important to be trained in activities because you never know when an accident may occur!”
Stephanie had her own take on the experience. “I learned that there’s a lot that has to be done behind the scenes in order to smoothly run an adventure program.”
As an added bonus, the class drove the short distance from Sheltowee Trace Outfitters to Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Stephanie remarked on the area’s beauty. “The house at the park was huge and beautifully crafted. The falls were so intriguing! We ate lunch on a flat surface that led up to the falls. The water was calm right until it hit the edge and plunged to the river below.”
Thanks to Morgan Thacker and Stephanie Bradford for all their information!
Published on October 14, 2011