Outdoor Education

Do you dream of a career you can spend in nature, or one that doesn't require a desk? If so, have you considered majoring in outdoor education? You'll learn about wilderness survival skills, group processes, leadership, and environmental studies. You can also take courses that focus on other recreational activities including backpacking, canoeing, ropes courses, and rock climbing. After completing the outdoor education major, your knowledge will be diverse. However, this alone will not lead to a successful career. Most outdoor education majors should take advantage of internship programs to get hands-on experience in the field. Depending on the field you wish to specialize in, the major will focus on preparing you to work as an instructor, facilitator or educator in camps, parks, recreational facilities, and other outdoor settings.

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Liberty University

Liberty University is a Christian institution located in Lynchburg, VA. The 7,000-acre campus hosts more than 550 programs of study within its 17 colleges and schools. LU's mission of creating "Champions for Christ" is encouarged through the...

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the professors at liberty are amazing! not only will you learn above and beyond on the subject they are teaching, you will also learn and grow spiritually from them. they challenge students in their school work as well as their walk with god...

” – Kendra from Arlington, WA
SUNY Cortland

Originally founded as the Cortland Normal School, SUNY Cortland is a 4-year public university in central New York State and part of the State University of New York system. SUNY Cortland offers bachelor’s degrees in 65 academic majors and 38 minors...

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SUNY Cortland is the most vibrant and friendly school you could ever think of. The school strives for diversity and has many opportunities to offer each and every student.

” – Saki from Springfield Gardens, NY
Fort Lewis College

Fort Lewis College is a public liberal arts institution based in Durango, Colorado. It is a designated Native American-serving institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The school permits qualified Native American students to attend tuition...

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Durango is a beautiful place!

” – Brittany from Thornton, CO
Murray State University

Murray State University is a 4-year public school in southwest Kentucky. Murray State is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 126 academic programs. For students interested in the performing arts, Murray State mounts an...

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The teachers here are all well experienced in their fields. They know how to give you good hands on experience that you can later use in your own field. You may even walk away with something to show an employer.

” – Lace from Murray,KY
Hampshire College

Founded as a home for new ideas in higher education, Hampshire College is a 4-year liberal arts college in western Massachusetts. Hampshire challenges all students to create an individualized curriculum culminating in a year-long advanced study...

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You'll be stressed, and getting through the Hampshire system does take a lot of work and patience, but if you put in the time you'll learn so much you can't even fathom it.

” – Eliza from Columbia, MD
Plymouth State University

At Plymouth State, you will actively learn with faculty and students, not just within your major but from diverse disciplines and with partners such as businesses and organizations, getting real-world, resume-boosting experience. The Plymouth State...

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I've only completed my first semester, but I've learned so much. I took a class called Environmental Geography. I knew that the world had it's problems, but this course really opened my eyes to the real problems of the world. I also took a course...

” – Esia from Hudson, NH
Minnesota State University-Mankato

Originally founded as Mankato Normal School, Minnesota State University-Mankato is a 4-year public school overlooking the Blue Earth River valley in central Minnesota. MSU Mankato operates six colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in 130 fields of...

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You are able to learn the material in a matter of time and your time will not be wasted. The professors are willing to schedule days in which they can give you one on one help. There will be a lot of information that comes at once that you will need...

” – Antonio from Minneapolis, MN
New England College

New England College is a private rural liberal arts college in Henniker, New Hampshire. NEC confers undergraduate degrees in 37 academic fields of study and its Hands On Year Round initiative provides the opportunity for students to reduce costs...

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The people here at NEC are known for their competition on the court and on the books. Making it a great place for people with competitive edge in them

” – Orion - Jersey City, NJ
Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University is a 4-year liberal arts institution situated on 123 acres of land in Spearfish, South Dakota. Through its three colleges, BHSU offers more than 120 majors and minors, as well as three honors tracks. Students can complete...

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Black Hills State University has made me feel at home. All the professors are very approachable and always there. Black Hills State University has a small campus and is very beautiful.

” – Casie from Spearfish, SD
Prescott College

Prescott College is a private, non-profit, liberal arts college located in Prescott, Arizona. With a focus on social justice and the environment, the college favors intellectual exploration and community over academic hierarchy. Resident students at...

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Prescott College is for self-directed students. If you are passionate about social justice, the environment, or a broad education in liberal arts and other studies, this school is for you. It provides an abundance of opportunities for students to...

” – Emma from Los Angeles, CA
Colorado Christian University

Faith and learning; at Colorado Christian University, we prefer the combination. With more than 100 majors, minors, and emphases to choose from, you'll integrate dynamic learning with rock-solid faith, and begin to discern God's plan for your life...

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Colorado Christian University is all about community and helping students grow in Christ. The professors and the rest of the staff are 100% about helping you succeed and become a knowledgable, mature Christian.

” – Kailynn from Westminster, CO

Unity College, “America’s Environmental College,” is located in Unity, Maine, and was founded in 1965. Sitting within three climate zones, UC is comprised of 225 acres and features a liberal arts education in environmentally focused majors...

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I have learned so much about animals, which I'm Specializing in, that it's crazy. Go ahead, I dare you ask me a question. It helps that the teachers have all had careers putting the subject that they teach into practice. This helps us want to learn...

” – Frances from Unity, ME
University of Alaska Anchorage

The University of Alaska Anchorage is a public institution in the city of Anchorage. The campus is surrounded by lakes, ponds, and mountains, but has a trail system that  connects the university to midtown Anchorage. Top fields of study include...

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The learning experience is amazing. The professors know what they are teaching and enjoy teaching it. Some of them are born and raised in Alaska so they can help you out. The other students are a big help as well.

” – Haley from Kodiak, AK

Young Harris College is a private liberal arts school situated in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. All undergraduate students must complete a core curriculum that includes public speaking and...

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Young Harris is a great college. I really enjoy the small and secluded setting the schools provides in such a beautiful setting. The school provides a great education and experience.

” – Jordan from Elko, GA
Northland College

With campus a short distance from the shores of Lake Superior, Northland College is a 4-year liberal arts college in northern Wisconsin dedicated to sustainability and the environment. Northland confers undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic...

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Northland is an environmental liberal arts college with many strong academic opportunities, including Geosciences, English/Writing, Outdoor Education, Natural Resources, Sociology, and others. Field studies and research are common. Northland also has...

” – Northland Student from Ashland, WI

Mt Hood Community College is a public, 2-year institution located primarily in Gresham, Oregon, with a satellite location in Portland. The campus features a wide variety of facilities for students to visit, such as the Visual Arts Center Gallery, the...

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Some classes have challenged me, but in many others, I have to challenge myself to grow. In some of the introductory courses, it would not take much effort to receive an A in the class. Doing the minimum will hurt you in the long run though.

” – Bryan from Gresham, OR

John Brown University is an independent Christian institution focused on liberal arts, sciences, and professional skills. JBU is based in the rural town of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and is rated as having “more selective” admissions. JBU operates an...

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JBU is a wonderful place to live and study! The motto, head, heart, hand, exemplifies their focus on educating the whole person. You are NOT just a number here!

” – Mountain Lover
Asbury University

Founded in 1890, Asbury University is a multi-denominational Christian liberal arts college in central Kentucky. Asbury is home to 15 academic departments conferring undergrad degrees in over 150 fields of study, including the only Equine Studies...

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From what I have seen on campus and in the classroom and what I have heard from current and graduated students this is a place to learn a lot! You not only learn about the academics but you learn how your faith works together with the subjects you...

” – Jennifer from Savannah, GA
Westminster College (UT)

Westminster College is a 4-year liberal arts institution located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 32-acre campus is just 10 minutes from the downtown business district and features five undergraduate colleges, as well as four graduate institutions...

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Westminster College in Utah is a private college. It includes a unique and close knit community made up of a unique blend of cultures, religions, and backgrounds. It provides a distinct and rich learning environment where students can feel...

” – Mystery from Clinton, UT

Montreat College is a private Christian liberal arts institution that is overseen by a chaplain and a Spiritual Life Committee made up of students and faculty. The campus features a chapel that offers dorm Bible studies, vespers, and prayer groups...

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The teachers are very helpful and knowledgeable. They are kind and will help you with anything that you have problems with. Even though it may seem like you are busy everyday, it's well worth the work!

” – Abby from Marion, NC

With campus a short drive from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Rogue Community College is a 2-year institution in southern Oregon. RCC is home to 51 academic departments hosting degree and certificate-granting programs. Utilizing its wooded...

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RCCC offers a quality education for lower tuition than the universities. It is a great school to launch your academic career and fulfill your prerequisites. The professors and teachers are great and teach to a higher level of excellence such as what...

” – Dawn from Medford, OR

Alaska Pacific University is a small, private institution established in the city of Anchorage. APU’s scenic campuses consist of a main campus with 175 acres of wooded land, and a remote, 900-acre education center located on a private farm in the...

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So far my classes have been taught by people who have really gone far in their fields, so they have a lot of experience to draw on. Our classes tend to be discussion oriented. Group projects not only allowed me to get closer to my classmates, but to...

” – Lesley from Anchorage, AK
Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Toccoa, Georgia. The college is situated on a 1,100-acre campus near the Chattahoochee National Forest, with its namesake, the Toccoa Falls, occupying space on the college...

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The atmosphere is so welcoming and enjoyable. The students and staff are extremely nice.

” – Morgan from Ruffs Dale, PA
Northern Vermont University
Northern Vermont University is a public liberal arts institution situated in the middle of the mountains. The school was created via a merger between Johnson State College and Lyndon State College. The programs are career-focused and follow a liberal...
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Lyndon State College has a warm community that welcomes everyone with open arms. The professors put in a real effort to get to know you even outside of classes. The students are hard working and love the school with all their hearts knowing that it...

” – Carole from Thetford Center, VT
Gordon College

Gordon College is a nondenominational Christian liberal arts college in Wenham, Massachusetts. Gordon offers undergraduate degrees in 30 academic majors as well as the new Center for Career and Connection Institute to help students create life plans...

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My first semester has been a huge learning experience for me. My professors care about me, and want to know how I am doing outside of school. I have learned a lot this semester, both academically and about myself.

” – Jonathan from Adams, MA

Cecil College is a public, 2-year institution established on a rural, 170-acre campus in North East, Maryland. Cecil offers over 90 associate degree and certificate programs, with flexible learning options including Accelerated Studies, eLearning...

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This college is beautiful and they have a wide range of courses for students to take no matter what your major is.

” – Jasmine from Elkton, MD

Adirondack Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Queensbury, New York. Students attending SUNY Adirondack have access to the college’s recently-renovated library, which is home to hundreds of thousands of resources...

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Adirondack Community College has taught me a lot about what the world of college academics is like as well as what life is really all about. The curriculum is geared toward individual needs and desires with the opportunity to select from a variety of...

” – Erin from Queensbury, NY
Sterling College
Craftsbury Common, VT
Sterling College (VT)

Sterling College is an environmentally-focused college in northern Vermont and the only work college in New England. Sterling confers bachelor’s degrees in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture, and...

Touro University Nevada is a private, graduate education institution established in Henderson and is a member of The Touro College and University System. The college offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs for students aiming to become...

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Great academic atmosphere. Top-notch professors and evidence-based learning/practice. Best choice of my life was to attend Touro.

” – John from Henderson, NV

Vermilion Community College is a public, 2-year institution established on an 80-acre campus nearby the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Ely, Minnesota. Vermilion offers over 25 associate’s degree and certificate programs, including unique...

Northern Vermont University Johnson is a public, 4-year institution established on a rural, 350-acre campus in Lamoille County. NVU Johnson offers nearly 40 major and minor areas of study, four graduate areas of study, and a variety of licensure and...

With campus in the heart of Nantahala National Forest, Southwestern Community College is a 2-year college in southwest North Carolina. SCC offers degree and certificate programs in Health Sciences, Career Technologies, and Arts & Sciences, as well as...

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Going to Southwestern Community College has increased my knowledge on a lot of things. Although many people tend to write off community colleges as being a tier below a four year university, this school really does a good job in teaching you your...

” – Daniel from Bryson City, NC