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I've only been unemployed one month since I've graduated from Brock in June 2010. Here's what I've been doing in my field.
Ending fourth year on the Appalachian Trail was a perfect ending to my degree and days after returning I started at The Luna Project as an outdoor educator. The Luna Project is an off the grid sustainable outdoor education founded and operated by a man who lives next to the center off the grid in a yurt and has for the past six years. It was an amazing company to work for and I got the best of both worlds: canoe tripping and outdoor education programs. I ran all the programs on sustainability to creating my own summer camp programs. However, like most outdoor positions it was a contract to the end of October.
Job searching is fun and if you're willing to go anywhere there will always be a job waiting for you. I got hired in December at The Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve as a dog sled guide. I'm coming up to my one year anniversary with the company. Haliburton Forest is the first certified sustainable forest in Canada, it is a privately owned 80,000 acre forest. The Forest has an outdoor education department as one of its four streams of activity; so I now get to continue facilitating outdoor education programs through all the seasons. There is so much variety at The Forest, one day I'm taking a group of students rock climbing and on our high ropes course, the next I could be guiding a Canopy Tour for the public, and packing out for a canoe trip the next. I really feel like I'm making a difference in the world by spreading the importance of sustainability and environmental education.
I'm now beginning to create my own outdoor education programs to grow outdoor education at Haliburton Forest.