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 Ms. Jennifer Carben 



Jennifer Carben is an Assistant Professor and specializes in outdoor leadership, group facilitation and experiential education. Jennifer has professional experience working for the Wilderness Education Association and has worked in New Mexico, New York and Pennsylvania. Jennifer enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, motorcycle racing, and beings outdoors with her family.


1999 M.S., Park and Resource Management, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

1995 B.S., Recreation and Resources Management, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

Professional Experience:

August 2005 – Present; Slippery Rock University
Assistant Professor – Department of Parks and Recreation / Environmental Education (Part-time)

March 2009 – Present; Slippery Rock University                    
Executive Leadership Program Professional Facilitator – Center for Lifelong and Community Learning

August 1993 – February 2007; Slippery Rock University                    
REACH Program Coordinator and Facilitator

August 2000 – May 2005; Slippery Rock University
Assistant Professor – Department of Parks and Recreation / Environmental Education (Full-time)

May 2002-May 2009; American Woods Racing Championship Series (AWRCS) Assistant to the Promoter/Staff. The American Woods Racing Championship Series is a woods racing series (harescramble event) and includes races developed for off-road motorcycles and ATVs. 

August 1995 – September 1998 & August 1999 – June 2000; Slippery Rock University
Workshop Coordinator – Wild Resources Education Workshop for School Teachers. The Wild Resources Education workshop is a week-long residential, environmental education workshop designed for school teachers in Pennsylvania. 

September 1996 – August 2000; George Junior Republic                 
Assistant Director of Adventure Based Counseling Program

July 1998 – June 2000; Redpoint Adventures
Facilitator/Trainer/Adventure Race Staff ~ Redpoint Adventures

January 1997 – May 1997; Slippery Rock University
Adjunct Faculty ~ Department of Parks and Recreation/Environmental Education

May 1994 – October 1997; Slippery Rock University                    
Assistant and Head Instructor ~ Wilderness Education Association
Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico:  Assistant instructor summers of 1994 and 1995
Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania:  Head instructor summer of 1996
Adirondack Mountains, New York:  Head instructor summer of 1996

SRU Courses Taught (1997 - Present)

3 Credit Hour Courses:
71-170              Fundamentals of PRM                                              
71-211              Outdoor Leadership                                                
71-260              Natural History of Ecosystems I                             
71-261              Natural History of Ecosystems II                            
71-342              Group Facilitation & Leadership                               
71-347              Interpretive Methods and Programming                
71-361              Environmental Teaching                                          
71-378              Park, Wildlife and Wildland Management                 
71-550              Applied Ecology                                                
71-595              Wild Resources Education Workshop   
71-632              Group Facilitation and Leadership (Graduate)    
71-681              Environmental Issues                                             

1 Credit Hour Courses:
71-623-01         Teaching Strat.:  Mammalogy                          
71-623-02         Teaching Strat.:  Ichthiology                            
71-623-03         Teaching Strat.:  Ornithology                                   
71-623-04         Teaching Strat.:  Endangered Systems         
71-623-05         Teaching Strat.:  Grant Writing            
71-623-06         Teaching Strat.:  Green Schools            
71-623-07         Teaching Strat.:  Learning Technologies               
71-623-08         Teaching Strat.:  Terrestrial Systems                            
71-623-09         Teaching Strat.:  Field Botany                                
71-623-10         Teaching Strat.:  Herpetology                                          
71-623-11         Teaching Strat.:  Entomology                                           
71-623-12         Teaching Strat.:  Wildlife Education                              
71-623-13         Teaching Strat.:  Aquatic Systems                                 
71-623-14         Teaching Strat.:  Curriculum Integration                    

Courses Written:
Natural History of Ecosystems I (co-writer)
Natural History of Ecosystems II (co-writer)
Parks, Wildlife and Wildland Management (co-writer)
Group Facilitation and Leadership

Professional Memberships:

Wilderness Education Association
Pennsylvania Alliance for Environmental Education
Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society

Conference/Workshop Presentations:

Executive Leadership Program 2009
Group Development Process
Conflict Resolution
Program Development/ Sequencing Activities
Activity Review

RCRA:  November 206
Opening Session:  Go Ahead, Break the Ice
Current Trends in Commercial Recreation/Tourism
Curricula and Integrating Campus Facilities into the Curriculum
 Sequencing and Facilitating Team Building Sessions for Conference Groups

Current Certifications:

Executive Leadership Program Ropes Course/ Climbing Tower Certification
Wilderness First Responder (current through 1/2011)
Certified Wilderness Education Association Outdoor Leader. Head Instructor

(724) 738-2068

(724) 738-2938

Email Me

Slippery Rock University
PREE Department
116 Patterson Hall
Slippery Rock, PA 16057

 Jen and Catcher Carben