Associate Professor


Location: Ivor Wynne Centre, Room AB105
Phone: 905 525 9140 ext. 23573
E-mail: bhender@mcmaster.ca













Concerning teaching research/publications, and professional activities, I have three main interests which may work independently or in an interdisciplinary manner:

  1. Canadian travel literature linked to outdoor experiential education.
  2. Ecophilosophy/environmental perspectives; and
  3. Pedagogical practice for classroom and wilderness travel guiding.

For the past 16 years (1991-2007), I have edited PATHWAYS: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education and write a regular column in KANAWA, the Magazine of the Canadian Recreation Canoe Association concerning heritage/philosophical themes to Canadian canoe travel since 1994.  As of 2007 I remain on the PATHWAYS editorial board and provide two features to KANAWA each year.  I also serve as Research Editor for NASTAWGAN: The Journal of the Wilderness Canoe Association.



Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education (1999-2006) Guest editor 2006 - 2010.  Theme issue. Tribute to Michael Elrick, 2010.

A Walk in the Woods: Teaching Ecopsychology Experientially by Bob Henderson and Deb Schrader. For Teaching Adventure Education: Theory and Best Practices. Christian Bisson and Bob Stremba (eds.) Human Kinetics. 2009 pp. 369-374.

Thought, Word, Deed: A Tribute to Paul Shepard. Doug Karrow, Jean Jentel and Bob Henderson, The Trumpter. September 2007, pp. 1-26.

Mining Out Experinces: Reflecting on the Subtle Interpersonal Dimensions of Teaching and Learning. In: William B. Stream and Bob Henderson, Mountainrise: The International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Spring 2007, pp. 2-11.

Canadian Outoor Adventure Education: Hear the challenge - Learn the lessons. Tom Potter and Bob Henderson (40%). Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. (A revised and extended version of CJEE 2001 publication). Fall 2004, pp. 69-87.

Experiential Education and Ancient Rhythms: The Insights of Sigurd Olson and Paul Shepard in, Beyond Dewey and Kahn: Foundations of Experiential Education. Edited by Clifford E. Knapp and Thomas E. Smith, Association for Experiential Education, Boulder, CO, 2007. 2008.

Experientially Teaching Canadian Travel. Literature on the Trail and in the Classroom, in Teaching North American Environmental Literature. Edited by Laird Christensen and Frederick O. Waage. The Modern Language Association, 2007.

A Canadian Friluftsliv From a Guide and Student Persective, in Friluftsliv: Entwicklung Bedeutung und Perspektiv, Edited by Gunnar Lieptke & Dieter Lagerstrom. Meyer and Meyer Verlag, Germany, 2007.

Erazim, Sigurd, My Students and Me: Thinking About Solo, in Exploring the Power of Solo, Silence and Solitude. Edited by Cifford E. Knapp & Thomas E. Smith, Association for Experiential Education, Boulder, CO, 2005.

Canadian Outdoor Adventure Education: Hear the Challenge - Learn the Lessons. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, Tom G. Potter & Bob Henderson, 4(1) 2004.

"Going Out as a Way In: Social, Cultural and Ecological Learning, and the University Field Trip". Liz Newberry and Bob Henderson. In, Teaching in the Field: Working with Students in the Outdoor Classroom. (Editor) Hal Crimmel, University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, 2003.

"Playing Seriously with Dr. Seuss: A Pedagogical Response to the Lorax". Bob Henderson, Merle Kennedy and Chuck Chamberlin. In, Wild Things: Children's Culture and Ecocriticism (Editors) Sidney I. Dobin and Kenneth B. Kidd, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 2004.

"Mishap on the Notakwanon River" Bob Henderson and Warren Trimble. In, Up the Creek: True Stories of Canoeists in Trouble (Editor) Doug McKown, Ragged Mountain Press, Camden, ME, 2004.



Pike's Portage: Stories of a Distinguished Place.  Morten Asfeldt & Bob Henderson (eds) Dundurn Group: Toronto 2010.

Nature First: Outdoor Life the Friluftsliv Way.  Bob Henderson & Nils Vikander (eds) Natural History, The Dundurn Group: Toronto 2007.

Every Trail has a Story: Heritage Travel in Canada.  Bob Henderson.  Natural Heritage Press: Toronto 2005.



Degree Specialty University Year
BPE McMaster University 1979
MA University of Alberta 1981
PhD Physical Education and Sports Studies University of Alberta 1995



Courses (2010-2011)

Kin 3G03 - Outdoor Education

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