Ferrum Ecotourism Students Travel
North to Alaska
Ecotourism is the business of sustainable travel to natural and scenic destinations in every corner of the world. For Ferrum College students, this course of study supports environmental and cultural conservation while encouraging local economic development. Along with helping to create economic opportunities for local communities, an integral aspect is the promotion of recycling, energy efficiency and water conservation.
Sustainable travel is the fastest-growing segment in today’s tourism industry. Prime destinations include areas where plants, animals and cultural heritage are the main attractions, fostering a greater appreciation of our natural habitats.
In 2012, participants in the Ferrum College Ecotourism course spent two weeks experiencing the depth and complexity of cultural aspects of Alaska, including the Gold Rush era, Native American culture and the vast wilderness of the Alaska that is considered the last true wilderness of America.
Sites included in past courses include Costa Rica and New Zealand. Plans are now under way for a study of the culture and archeological sites in Peru and the Andes during 2013. For more information, you may contact Jasmine Goodnow, Assistant Professor of Recreation Leadership in the Ferrum College School of Social Sciences & Professional Studies.