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Outdoor and environmental recreation concentration
​​​​​​Outdoor and Environmental Recreation Concentration
Sitting behind a desk, pushing a pencil, and negotiating business deals aren't everybody's dream of landing the perfect job. If you are the type of person who craves fresh air, adventure, and a close relationship with the natural environment, then outdoor recreation may be the career for you. As an outdoor recreation professional, you may work in a variety of areas including camps, outdoor or environmental education programs, parks, and adventure programs. Although you will likely work in an outdoor setting, you will often perform administrative duties such as planning and supervising the work of others. You may work with children, adults, community groups, families and people with disabilities.​

Highlights ​about the Program
  • Finish up your academic career with a 30-week internship, the longest of any recreation program in the nation.
  • Learn from faculty, all of whom have professional outdoor experience, in classes that emphasis service learning with a variety of hands-on, practically applied projects and assignments. 
  • Take classes or workshops to become nationally certified or gain skills as a Leave No Trace Trainer, American Canoe Association Canoe Touring Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, Belay and High Ropes certification, or as a Project WILD or Project Learning Tree participant.
Start with these classes
  • RPL 118: Introduction to Recreation
  • RPL 216: Introduction to Outdoor Recreation
  • RPL 205: Outdoor Leadership

Check out the outdoor and environmental recreation course list.


Outdoor and environmental education minor

Do you love the outdoors and the natural environment? Would you like to pass that passion on to children? Adults? Then the outdoor and environmental education minor might be a perfect complement to the major you have already selected. Students minoring with us have majors in Biology: Natural Resources, Graphic Arts, Journalism, Criminal Justice, Business, Counseling, Theater, Community Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, Child Development, Family Studies and Elementary/Secondary Education.  Many of these students are pursuing careers in parks, camps, businesses, schools, and zoos. They may want to run their own outdoor business, work in the National Parks, work with organizations helping at-risk youth, or as school teachers.

Highlights about this program
  • Earn three credits while you work or volunteer at a summer camp, nature center, park, or zoo.
  • Learn from faculty, all of whom have professional outdoor experience, in classes that emphasis service learning with a variety of hands-on, practically applied projects and assignments. 
Start with these classes
  • RPL 218: Teaching Outdoor Skills
  • RPL 216: Introduction to Outdoor Recreation
  • RPL 358: Foundations of Outdoor and Environmental Education

Check out the outdoor and environmental recreation course list.



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