Media & Press Room

Welcome to The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) Media/Press Room. On this page is where you’ll find story ideas, mentions of NCOAE in the press, and access to our organization’s media registry and contact information.

Please Note: If you are a working journalist, freelance writer, editor or blogger and you need an informed and forward-thinking source for an upcoming article, story or blog post related to youth development, outdoor education, adventure recreation or experiential education, please feel free to contact us using the form on the left of this page, or call our office in Wilmington, N.C., at (910) 399-8090.

NCOAE in the news

  • UNCW Offers Wilderness Courses in Alaska, South America (StarNews, April 2018)

    Students will learn wilderness first aid and environmental science. WILMINGTON — There are some new classrooms at the University of North Carolina Wilmington: the glaciers of Alaska, the mountains of Chile and the rivers of Patagonia. Launching this summer, a partnership between UNCW’s environmental sciences department and the National Center for Outdoor and Adventure Education (NCOAE) will give students course credit for two- to three-week wilderness trips. On top of six credit hours in…

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  • Beyond The Classroom (EducationNC, April 2018)

    The National Center for Outdoor and Adventure Education uses the Education Without Walls program to give chronically homeless students from North Carolina experiences like camping trips and kayaking adventures. Watch the video to learn more: Video by by Robert Kinlaw and Alex Granados | April 23, 2018 with EducationNC…

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  • Image of a group of NCOAE students trekking on a glacier in Alaska.
    The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) and the University of North Carolina Wilmington Form Academic Relationship

    Wilmington, N.C., April 3, 2018 –The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) — a Wilmington-based organization that promotes critical thinking, environmental stewardship, and the acquisition of technical outdoor skills through accredited outdoor and adventure-based experiential education courses — today announced an academic relationship with the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Beginning summer of 2018, UNCW students will have the opportunity to earn up to six (6) academic credit hours by participating in and successfully completing one of…

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  • What He Sees (The Ski Journal)

    I am setting up fences around the magic carpets, so I don’t see the family come in, nor book a group lesson. Mom would have led the way, hand on her husband as they navigated through the stiles to the desk and on to the rental equipment area. the son, Sawyer, would have followed, giddy with anticipation. He’d be holding his dad’s hand, pulling him toward the base of the chairlift to meet the children’s school class I’m teaching. That’s…

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  • The Adventure of an Education (Salt Magazine, June 2017)

      This summer, ten local teens will fly to Alaska, take a small plane into the back country, and spend three weeks hiking and clearing trails. These days, many young people go on similar organized wilderness adventures, but these Wilmington teens are not typical participants. They all have either been identified as “chronically homeless” or they live below the poverty level, and all of them are dedicated and motivated for change. Each of them earned this…

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  • Image of Leave No Trace logo
    Are 750K Annual Visitors Loving Carolina Beach State Park to Death?

    Park Earns “Hot Spot” Status Bringing National Outdoor Enthusiasts to Enlighten Public on Unintended Impact and “Leave No Trace” Skills Free Events October 6 – 9 to Train Outdoor Enthusiasts How to Diminish Their Impact on Natural Surroundings September 25, 2017 — The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers team are partnering with Carolina Beach State Park, in collaboration with Wilmington’s National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education.

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  • Image of Venus flytrap at Carolina Beach State Park.
    Venus Flytraps In Danger of Being Loved to Death (WWAY, October 2017)

    CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The Carolina Beach State Park is a popular place for visitors and locals to enjoy. However, some species living in the park, like Venus Flytraps, are in danger.   “In some regards, people are loving them to death,” Carolina Beach State Park Superintendent, Chris Helms said. With nearly 750.000 people from across the country visiting the park, the plant is becoming more and more vulnerable. “They get trampled on occasion, they get stomped. We…

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  • Image of girl standing in Alaska
    4500 Miles From Home

    A change in circumstance, environment or routine can create apprehension in the most fearless of individuals. And that’s especially true for the nine North Carolina teenagers raised in low-income families who recently participated in an intense, three-week wilderness-based, service-learning program, 4,500 miles from home. Before heading off for the Alaskan backcountry this past summer, the teenagers—several chronically homeless and impoverished according to Federal guidelines—were asked to describe fears they had regarding the upcoming outdoor adventure. Before heading off for…

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  • Bears, moose and chest-deep mud: homeless Wilmington teens venture to Alaska (Port City Daily, August 20, 2017)

    WILMINGTON — Nine Wilmington-area teens from chronically homeless families just spent three weeks calling Alaska home. The trip was organized by the National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE), a Wilmington-based non-profit in the same vein of NOLS or Outward Bound. Largely funded by a $25,000 Challenge Cost Share Program Grant from the National Park Service, the trip combined service work and outdoor adventures. For most of the participants, ranging in age from 14-18, it was their first time…

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  • Communique: “Education Without Walls” Develops Academic & Leadership Skills In The Wilderness (WHQR, August 2017)

    The headquarters of the National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is right here in Wilmington, North Carolina. There are various programs and courses available for people who want to experience the wilderness – including Education Without Walls for chronically homeless / impoverished youth. Support for the program comes through volunteers, gifts-in-kind, and underwriting of courses. I spoke with the founder and Executive Director of NCOAE. Listen above and see the transcript below. Gina:…

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Story Ideas

Interested in working on a story involving experiential education, outdoor education or youth development involving the outdoors but don’t know where to start? Here are a few ideas to consider, for which we’d be happy to serve as your source:

  • Trends in outdoor and adventure education
  • How adventure education creates deeper student learning
  • How to prepare yourself for a career in outdoor and experiential education
  • Risk management considerations for outdoor educators, outfitters and guides
  • Do’s and don’ts when developing outdoor programs for underserved youth
  • How experiential education enhances student learning