(828) 357-5611

©2018 by 2nd Nature TREC

865 Blue Ridge Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711

151 Highway 9 Box 10, Black Mountain, NC 28711

Physical Address

Mailing Address

Brad Daniel, Ph.D.

bdaniel@2ndnaturetrec.com

(828) 357-5611

 

Executive Director, Co-founder

Dr. Brad Daniel oversees the development, administration, programs and strategic initiatives of 2     Nature TREC.    He is involved in fundraising, marketing, and community outreach in addition to research and designing/leading field experiences.

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BACKGROUND AND PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

I have been a college professor, wilderness trip leader, and field science instructor for over 30 years. My passion is using outdoor experiences to engage the heart, challenge the mind, and nurture the spirit. I believe teaching is the art and craft of engaging the heart and mind in order to encourage the realization of God-given potential. It extends beyond facts and figures. It involves more than mastery of content. It is the act of investing one’s life in others in order to encourage their mental, emotional, social, and spiritual growth.

 

EDUCATION AND DEGREES

      MLAS - Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of North Carolina-Asheville (2017)

      PhD - Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH (2003)

      MS - Outdoor Teacher Education, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL (1993)

      MA - Biology/Ecology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC (1984)

      BA - Biology/Earth Studies, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC (1982)

      AA - Liberal Arts, Brevard College, Brevard, NC (1980)

 

CERTIFICATIONS

Outdoor Leadership (Wilderness Education Association, 1994) 

Environmental Educator (State of North Carolina, 1997)

Wilderness Box and Land Ethics Program Facilitator (1997)

Certified Interpretive Guide (National Association for Interpretation) (2012, 2016)

Certified Educator for: 

      Project WILD                                    Project Aquatic WILD    

      Project Learning Tree                      Project Catch

      Project WET                                     EM Power

 

AREAS OF INTEREST

Significant/Formative Life Experiences

Wilderness Learning

Experiential Education

Impact of Landscape on the Human Experience

Environmental Philosophy and Theology

Personal Growth and Human Development

Adventure Education

Environmental Education

Environmental Psychology

Religious Experiences in Nature

Brainwave Activity and Outdoor Experiences

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS 

Association for Experiential Education (AEE)       

National Association for Interpretation (NAI)

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC)    

Wilderness Education Association (WEA)

Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE)

Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA)

Children and Nature Network

 

LEADERSHIP

Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC)

    President-elect (2013)

    President (2014)

    Past President (2015)

    Western Section Coordinator (2016)

     Partnership Coordinator and SEEA representative (2017 - )

Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA) 

    Treasurer, Leadership team (2017- 2018 )

    Chair (2018)

Reviewer (2017): Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership (JOREL)

    Journal of Applied Environmental Education and Communication 

Research Symposium Coordinator

    Outdoor Leadership Research Symposium (OLRS) 2011-2013

    Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC) 2014-2016

    Symposium on Experiential Education Research (SEER) 2017-

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

Frank Lupton Service Award, Wilderness Education Association (2017)

Melva Fager Okun Award for Lifetime Achievement in Environmental Education, Environmental Educators of North Carolina (2016)

Professor of the Decade (2001-2010), Montreat College Alumni 

Montreat College Dean’s Award (2008)

Who’s Who Among America’s College Teachers (2004, 2006)

David L. Parks Distinguished Professor Award, Montreat College (2003)

Teacher of the Year Award - Montreat College (given by students) (1995)

Sears Outstanding Teaching Award (one of three awards granted to Montreat faculty) (1991)

Teacher of the Year Award - Montreat College (given by students) (1991)

Professor of the Year Award - Montreat College Faculty (1987)

Teacher of the Year Award - Montreat College (given by students) (1988)

Teacher of the Year Award - Montreat College (given by students) (1985)

Tri Beta Biological Honor Society (1982)

Alpha Chi Honor Society (1982)

Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society (1982)

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (1980)

 

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

Daniel, B, Shores, J. & Faircloth, B. (2018, January). Effects of National Park Landscapes on Inspiration: An Exploratory Study. Session presented at the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium, Bradford Woods, IN.

Daniel, B. & Faircloth, B. (2018). The Impact of an Organized Night Walk on Brain Wave Activity and State-Trait Anxiety. Session presented at the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium, Bradford Woods, IN.

Bobilya, A. J., Daniel, B. & Middleton, G. (2017, November). Nurturing the Spirit in Our Staff and Participants: Spirituality and Experiential Education. Session presented at the Association for Experiential Education International Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Bobilya, A. J., Holman, T. H., Lindley, B., Daniel, B., Faircloth, B., Shirilla, P., Coulson, E., Frazer, L. (2016, October). 8th annual trends and issues in outdoor education programs panel discussion. Session presented at the Association for Experiential Education International Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Daniel, B. & Bobilya, A. J. (2017, November). 21st Century Program Participants: Can We Achieve the Same Outcomes with Different Levels of Risk? Session presented at the Association for Experiential Education International Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Daniel, B. (2017, October). Learn from My Mistakes: Using a Dialectical Approach for Training Outdoor Educators. Session presented at the Wilderness Education Association’s International Conference on Outdoor Leadership (40th Anniversary), Jackson Hole, WY.

Daniel, B. (2017, October). Outdoor Education as a Countercultural Movement? Conference address presented at the Wilderness Education Association’s International Conference on Outdoor Leadership (40th Anniversary), Jackson Hole, WY.

Daniel, B. (2017, September). Canoeing the Cape Fear's Story. Environmental expedition facilitated at the Environmental Educators of North Carolina’s Annual Conference, Agapé Camp and Conference Center, Fuquay-Varina, NC.

Daniel, B. (2017, September). Planning and Facilitating an Organized Night Walk. Training Session at the Environmental Educators of North Carolina’s Annual Conference, Agapé Camp and Conference Center, Fuquay-Varina, NC

 

PUBLICATIONS 

Daniel, B. & Knapp, C.E. (2015). Nighttime Adventures: Exploring and Appreciating the Mysteries of the Night by Leading Walks after Dark, in Grant, T., & Littlejohn, G. (Eds.) Teaching in the Outdoors. Green Teacher.

 

Bobilya, A.J., Kalisch, K., Daniel, B. & Coulson, E.R. (2015). An Investigation of Participants’ Intended and Actual Transfer of Learning Following an Outward Bound Wilderness Experience.  Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership 7 (2), 93–110.

 

Bobilya, A. J., Daniel, B., & Kalisch, K. (2015). Case 12–3 Autonomous Student Experiences: Are They Too Risky for Today’s Outdoor Adventure Program? In Black, R. & Bricker, K. (Eds.) Adventure Programming and Travel for the 21st Century. State College, PA: Venture.

 

Daniel, B. Bobilya, A.J., Kalisch, K. R. & McAvoy, L. H. (2014). Autonomous Student Experiences in Outdoor and Adventure Education. Journal of Experiential Education 37 (1), 4-17.

 

Bobilya, A. J., Kalisch, K., & Daniel, B. (2014). Participants’ perceptions of their Outward Bound final expedition and the relationship to instructor supervisory position. Journal of Experiential Education. first published on January 3, 2014 as doi:10.1177/1053825913510693.

 

Daniel, B. & Bobilya, A. J. (2012).  Guarding Safety Without Compromising Learning: The Value of Unaccompanied Components.  In Martin, B. & Wagstaff, M.  (Eds.), Controversial Issues in Adventure Programming.  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. 

 

Daniel, B. and Knapp, C.E. (2011) Nighttime Adventures: Exploring and appreciating the mysteries of the night by leading walks after dark. Green Teacher Issue 93 (Summer, 2011).

 

Daniel, B. (Winter, 2011) Learn from My Mistakes; Using a Dialectical Approach for Training Outdoor Educators. Green Teacher Issue 91.

 

Kalisch, K. R., Bobilya, A. J. & Daniel, B. (2011) The Outward Bound solo: A study of participants’ perceptions. Journal of Experiential Education. 34 (1), 1-18.

  

Bobilya, A. J., Kalisch, K., & Daniel, B. (2011).  The Outward Bound Final Expedition: Exploring the Effect of Instructor Positioning on the Student Experience. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership. 3, (2), 80-83.

 

Bobilya, A. J., Kalisch, K., & Daniel, B. (2011). An investigation of the Outward Bound final expedition. [Abstract]. Journal of Experiential Education, 33 (4), 356-359.

 

Daniel, B. (2010). Alexander Humboldt: Experiential Expeditionary Scientist. In Sourcebook of Experiential Education: Key Thinkers and Their Contribution. T.E Smith and C.E. Knapp (eds.) New York, NY: Routledge.

 

Bobilya, A.J. & Daniel, B. (2010). Eleanor Duckworth: The Teacher’s Teacher. Sourcebook of Experiential Education: Key Thinkers and Their Contributions. T.E Smith and C.E. Knapp (eds.) New York, NY: Routledge.

 

Daniel, B. & Shuman, D. K. (2009). Methods of Teaching Environmental Education: Participant’s Guide. Office of Environmental Resources, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Raleigh, NC.

 

Daniel, B. & Shuman, D. K. (2009). Methods of Teaching Environmental Education: Facilitator’s Guide. Office of Environmental Resources, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Raleigh, NC.

 

Daniel, B. (2009). Alexander Humboldt: Experiential Expeditionary Scientist. In Beyond Dewey and Hahn: Foundations for Experiential Education (V1) pp. 141-150. T.E Smith and C.E. Knapp (eds.) Lake Geneva, WI: Raccoon Institute.

 

Bobilya, A.J. & Daniel, B. (2009). Eleanor Duckworth: The Teacher’s Teacher. In Beyond Dewey and Hahn: Foundations for Experiential Education (V1) pp. 113-121. T.E Smith and C.E. Knapp (eds.) Lake Geneva, WI: Raccoon Institute.

 

Daniel, B. (2009). Adventure Education History Roundtable. In B. Stremba & C. A. Bisson (eds.) Teaching Adventure Education Theory: Best Practices pp. 87-96. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Daniel, B. (2007). The Life Significance of a Spiritually Oriented, Outward Bound-Type Wilderness Expedition. Journal of Experiential Education 29, (3), pp. 386 – 389.

 

Daniel, B. (2005). The Life Significance of a Wilderness Solo Experience. In T.E Smith & C.E. Knapp (eds.) Exploring the Power of Solo, Silence, and Solitude. Denver, CO: AEE.

 

INTERESTS AND HOBBIES

Hiking, canoeing, photography, rescuing dogs, drinking coffee, and traveling to beautiful new places.

POSITIONS HELD

Professor of Outdoor Education and Environmental Science, Montreat College (1984-2017)

Adjunct Faculty Montreat College (2017 - )

Adjunct Faculty, Antioch University New England (1999-2007)

COURSES DEVELOPED AND TAUGHT:

Graduate

Environmental Education Methods: Non-Formal Settings 

Environmental Education Methods: Teaching in the Outdoors

Experiential Education: Learning in Meaningful Contexts 

Teaching Methods for Outdoor Settings

Field Meteorology

Environmental History and Philosophy

Research Methods

Thesis/project

Earth Systems Science

Science Seminar

 

Undergraduate

American Ecosystems (Traveling Field Course to 19 National Parks)

Field Natural History

Natural History of Mt. Mitchell

Natural History of Grandfather Mountain

Environmental Perspectives and Cultural History of the Eastern Band of Cherokee

Physical and Environmental Geography

Survey of Outdoor Education