Spring Lake Outdoor Education Program (SLOEP) is a grant-funded partnership between Texas State University, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and San Marcos Parks and Recreation. Through this program, Texas State students gain experience facilitating outdoor, experiential, education programs for middle school and high school students in San Marcos CISD. Over the last year, student leaders and pre-service educators have facilitated outdoor recreation and experiential education programs for over 500 participants.
As part of the SLOEP program, students enrolled in Therapeutic Recreation at Texas State work with students from SMCISD’s Discipline Alternative Education program. The focus of rebound is to equip middle school and high school students with behavioral coping skills while also improving self-esteem. Texas State students gain valuable experience in implementing and assessing the therapeutic process. SLEOP benefits Texas State students and the greater San Marcos community by enhancing the wellness and education of SMCISD students
School Based Programs: Recreation Majors as well as students in Physical Education Teacher Education are involved in designing, implementing and assessing the impact of Outdoor Education on school age children. Programs include during school, after-school, weekend and summer offerings. The goals of these community programs are to teach leadership, personal and social responsibility, mindfulness and pro-social/environmental behavior via outdoor experiences. Researchers involved in these projects continue to learn and inform their professions of evidence-based practices for outdoor education via the research process.