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Dr. Betty van der Smissen, pioneer in the field of outdoor education for more than 50 years, passed away on November 6, 2008 from cancer. Her contributions have influenced outdoor programming, legal liability, research and the accreditation fields. You can read more about her historic contributions at this article from Parks & Recreation Journal and from these video interviews (Interview #1, Interview #2). A list of her extensive publications are available at Amazon.com.
Here is a short list of some of her accomplishments
The Association for Experiential Education had already created a Research Endowment Fund in Betty's name. The goal of the endowment is to provide grants for areas of research involving:
Research selected will focus on:
Tax deductible contributions can be made to the van der Smissen endowment. You contribution will:
For information on make a donation, go to the Betty van der Smissen Endowment Fund.
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