Experiential Education

Experiential education is a model where one learns by doing, by actively engaging in experiences and then reflecting on learning moments that occur during that process.

According to the Association for Experiential Education:

  • Experiential learning occurs when carefully chosen experiences are supported by reflection and critical analysis.

  • Experiences are structured to require the learner to take initiative, make decisions and be accountable for results.

  • Throughout the experiential learning process, the learner is actively engaged in posing questions, investigating, experimenting, being curious, solving problems, assuming responsibility, being creative, and constructing meaning.

  • The design of the learning experience includes the possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes and successes.


"I was amazed to see how quickly the kids learned to apply cooperation techniques."

"I loved the way the kids were able to interact as groups without being graded based on academics or tests. They were able to come away feeling positive about themselves, not because they won something but because they tried something."

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Pathfinder is Accredited

Pathfinder has been accredited by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) since 1998 and we are the only AEE accredited organization in Florida.

AEE accreditation involves a rigorous review process that ensures Pathfinder is committed to quality, follows professional guidelines, and allocates resources for continuous improvement. Our accreditation means you can be confident that our programs meet the highest industry standards. Visit www.aee.org for more information.