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ES - Environmental Stewardship

A 40 Hour Course, within our 1005 Hour Program!

Environmental Stewardship


Krista Gooderham

Class Location:

WAC, Coopers Cove, Sooke, and field trip locations

Course Description:

An understanding of the principles and practice of Environmental Stewardship is essential for anyone working in the Adventure Tourism industry. This course introduces the principles and knowledge needed to plan tourism activities based on sound stewardship practice. Special attention is given to the impact of Adventure Tourism in natural settings and developing a perspective on the ethical issues related to environmental stewardship, through examination of sustainable tourism practices, with examples from local tourism.


  • Understanding ecosystems
  • Biodiversity
  • What can we do
  • Evaluate local business’ environmental practices
  • Leave no trace

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define and understand relevant concepts such as stewardship, environmental ethics, sustainable tourism and biodiversity
  • Have gained an appreciation of the complex issues related to implementing a stewardship plan
  • Understand the impacts of tourism on natural resources and local communities, and the strategies for minimizing those impacts
  • Describe specific techniques and practices available for Adventure Tourism and other tourism operators for achieving sustainable tourism
  • Describe why environmental ethics and environmental stewardship are significant concerns for the tourism industry
  • Create a practical stewardship plan for an Adventure Tourism company, agency or activity

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