Angel Ekstrom


Teaching Lecturer, Adventure Education & Coordinator of Adventure-Based Activities

AA, Anoka Ramsey Community College; BS, Southwest State University; MS, University of Nebraska at Omaha; CAGS, Plymouth State University

About Professor Ekstrom

Dr. Angel Ekstrom holds a doctoral degree in Education and has worked in the outdoor field in a variety of roles. As an outdoor educator Angel has been a field instructor for NOLS and Outward Bound, a programmer and field instructor at University outdoor programs, a therapeutic wilderness counselor working with adjudicated males, as well as worked with developmentally disable populations ages ranging from 5 – 95. Academically, Angel has taught rock climbing, paddling, mountaineering, snow orientation, canyoneering, backpacking, adventure skills, ropes facilitator courses, orienteering, wilderness first responder, lifeguarding, CPR, first aid, AED, oxygen administration, etc. 

Angel has been involved in her community as an WEMT and member of search and rescue teams. She has worked as a professional ski patroller and was the manager and guide for Snowest Snowmobile Tours in Colorado.

As a skills application teacher at PSU, Angel instructs in Adventure Education, manages the indoor climbing wall, and coordinates the Outdoor Center program She lives in Rumney, NH and enjoys climbing, skiing, surfing, paddling, and biking.

 Selected publications/presentations/exhibitions

Ekstrom, A. & Wiggett, J. “Collaborative Use of Space.” Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education National Conference, November, Keystone, CO, 2010.

Ekstrom, A. “Climate change in the northeast: effects on outdoor programs.” Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education National Conference, Ashville, NC, November, 2007.

Ekstrom, A. “Pollution solutions: an experiential water quality lesson.” Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education National Conference, Boise, ID, November, 2006.

 Ekstrom, A. & Howard, E. ‘Developing A Strategic Plan for Your Program’s Environmental  Education’, Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education National Conference, Boise, ID, November 2006

 Professional Involvement

  • Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE)
    • Board of Directors (BOD) Member,  2004 – 2007
    • Executive Council of AORE (Treasurer) , 2005-2007
    • Environmental Stewardship Committee BOD Liaison of AORE 2006-200
    • Northeast Regional Representative, 2005-2006
  • American Canoe Association Instructor, 2005-2012
  • Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO) Instructor, 2006 – present


Courses Taught

  •             Immersion Wilderness First Responder
  •              Top Rope Rock Climbing
  •             Canoe Paddling Fundamentals
  •             Challenge Course Fundamentals
  •             Winter Backcountry Travel
  •             Adventure Education Practicum
  •             Adventure Education Clinical

 Department/University Service

  • Adventure Education Risk Management Committee Member, 2006-present
  • Athletic Council, 2004-2008, 2011
  • Student Senate PAT Observer, 2005-2006
  • Brennan Hart Scholarship Committee Member, 2003 – present
  • Outdoor Center Student Scholarship Chair, 2007-present
  • Leadership Effectiveness and Development Series (L.E.A.D.S.) facilitator
  • Center for Rural Partnerships; Rural Health and Wellness Working Group Member, 2006
  • PE Center Planning Committee Member, 2006-2008


Awards or recognition

  • Instructor Scholarship; National Outdoor Leadership School, 2000
  • Certificate of Appreciation; U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service, Great Sand Dunes National Monument, 1998
  • Recognition for Research; NWBA/PVA National Basketball Camp, 1997
  • Most Valuable Player; UNO Wheelchair Basketball Team, 1997



Argosy University (EdD) – 2008

Plymouth State University (C.A.G.S.) – 2004

University of Nebraska at Omaha (M.S.) – 1998

Southwest State University (B.S.) – 1996

Anoka-Ramsey Community College (A.A.) – 1993

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