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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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....

“…SUNY Cortland is an incredible smaller, tight-knit college where students are not just a number. Every student can actively participate on campus, if they so choose, and have a chance at making a name for themselves. Cortland's professors are...” – Marley from Riverside, CA

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...

“…Great small school. Beneficial class sizes. And super chill.” – Tyler from Durango, 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...

“…Murray State has a really positive environment full of friendly people. There are always many things to do, and all different kinds of opportunities. All students are proud to be Racers!” – Rachelle from Almo, 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...

“…Hampshire College has a beautiful campus, creative engaging students and a unique approach to education.” – Kahari from Springfield, MA

Plymouth State University

With a campus nestled at the foot of the White Mountains, Plymouth State University is a 4-year research university in central New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. PSU confers undergraduate degrees in 53 majors and all classes utilize an integrated cluster...

“…Plymouth is a great school. Truly not what I expect from a state school being a transfer from a private university. I fell as thought I have learnt more at Plymouth then my other school, and I have grown more independent living on campus” – melissa from Manchester, 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...

“…Minnesota State University- Mankato is small, cheap, and has easy navigation. Mankato also has brand new dorms, a free bus system, cheap parking, and a well-rounded student body. The classes are small and very personal as well. I think it is a great...” – Libbie from Stillwater, 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...

“…I would say New England College is a diversity school. It knows how to do things to get people to interact with the community. It also has all the help you need when it comes to school work.” – Emani from Columbus, OH

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...

“…It is a great college, in a great community. I would love to stay here if they had a nursing program but am forced to leave. I would come back for another degree.” – Jordan from Gillette, WY

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...

“…An experiential learning experiences is provided by the college. All of the classes are intimate and consist of a strong teacher-student relationship. I have never met a community of people that are so caring before.” – Emily from Richmondville, NY

Unity College

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....

“…Unity College is perfect for those who love the outdoors, who seek adventure, and who love everything science and nature have to offer. Even if you aren't outdoorsy (like myself) but you would like to be- Unity helps you get there! If you are an avid...” – Alexandria from Sandy Hook, CT

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,...

“…they have very helpful instructors and they will do anything they can to help you succeed in class. the campus is well kept and very big with great facilitys. i love uaa because everyone there, including students, will help you in anyway they can.” – Lucinda from Palmer, AK

Young Harris College

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...

“…Young Harris College has the most gorgeous campus located in the north Georgia mountains. Students are more than friendly and the student body is basically a family. The professors here love what they do and are here to help you!” – Fernando from Cartersville, 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...

“…Northland is a Biology & Environmental College with a small number of students so you will get a lot of time & information from your professors. You really feel a sense of Family here. I believe this is the best place for me to achieve my highest...” – Brooke from Illinois

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...

“…Mt. Hood is a great college with a beautiful campus, good academics, helpful professors, and small class sizes. The college has many social activities available, as well as financial and academic resources. It is great for students pursuing associate...” – Steph from Oregon

Montreat College

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....

“…Montreat College is literally the most close-knit and beautiful school I have ever seen. The mountain views and the rustic, stone buildings all come together to make a scenic campus that any student should die for! Not only is the campus awesome, but...” – Terence from Monroe, NC

Eastern Mennonite University is a Christian-based liberal arts college in the Shenandoah Valley. All students are required to spend part of their academic career studying in another culture as a guest of a local host family or traveling abroad....

“…EMU is a great school with a beautiful campus where you can build strong connections with fellow students for lifelong friendships, and with professors for great references after college or summer internships. At EMU, a cross cultural is worked into...” – Shelby from Lancaster, PA

Alaska Pacific University

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...

“…tight-knit community provides a more personal education. opportunities to individualize your degree or travel abroad are endless. my professors genuinely care about my progress and what i want from life.” – Sarah 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...

“…TFC is an amazing school, I didn't think it would be this great. I love the scenic view to walk to class. The school lunch is not that bad either!” – DaughterofChrist

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...

“…Great small college in upstate Vermont. Very easy to make friends and to get to know your teachers. Amazing views and amazing programs, especially in Atmospheric Science and Electronic Journalism Arts!” – Robert from Providence, RI

University of Alaska Southeast

The University of Alaska Southeast is a part of the University of Alaska system, and a public institution that focuses on the sciences and humanities. The campus features the Anderson Science building, where students learn about marine transportation...

“…UAS is a school that feels like a family. Instructors are caring and compassionate and staff take a genuine interest in students. Resources are available to help students succeed.” – Katelyn from Kingston, WA

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,...

“…Cecil is so uplifting. It gives individuals individuality and hope. I can succeed knowing i attend Cecil college.” – Jenny from Chesapeake City, 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,...

“…Acc is a small campus. You can be a name not a number. Everyone is willing to help you in anyway.” – Jessica from Lake George, NY

Sterling College

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...

“…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...

“…Love Minnesota, and all it has to offer? Ely is a great little town with a lot to offer. Vermilion Community College is an great education in a beautiful place.” – Benjamin from Ely, MN

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...

“…I love my school. The teachers really care about you and have lots of knowledge on the subjects. The small classes give you a better learning environment.” – Kylie from Cullowhee, NC