Outdoor Education Major B.S.
The Outdoor Education program at the University of New Hampshire prepares students to be effective teachers and leaders in educational, recreational and therapeutic settings. Graduates pursue a variety of careers in adventure-based programs in urban, rural and backcountry landscapes. Classes are taught by faculty members who are nationally and internationally renowned for their contributions to experiential learning in outdoor settings. Students combine a liberal arts education with professional leadership development through service-learning opportunities with real clients in schools and community organizations.
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What is outdoor education?
Outdoor education will take you out of the classroom for adventure-based learning in urban, rural and backcountry landscapes. At UNH, the outdoor education degree program combines classic liberal arts studies with courses ranging from rock climbing and sea kayaking to winter backpacking and camping. You’ll gain a solid foundation in the theories, philosophies and methods of outdoor education, while also learning essential skills in leadership and risk management through a variety of class settings. This program will prepare you for dynamic careers in areas including public and private education, adventure programming, recreation programming and environmental advocacy.
Why study outdoor education at UNH?
The UNH campus is the perfect setting for outdoor education. The Atlantic coast is just a few minutes away, and both the New Hampshire Lakes Region and iconic White Mountains are within an hour’s drive. There is no better place for learning and practicing your skills than amid towering mountains, atop cliffs and slabs in the state’s copious backcountry, or on the ocean. This award-winning, internationally recognized program is the oldest nationally accredited program of its kind in the United States. As an outdoor education student, you’ll build competencies through 100 days of adventure programming leadership and a 400-hour internship. Our program has 100-percent internship and employment rates.
- Conservation education forester
- K-12 public/private educator
- Outdoor business owner
- Outdoor program/wilderness orientation leader
- Public/private outdoor recreation program leader
- Recreation department programmer
- Social worker
- Wilderness instructor/adventure programmer
- Wilderness therapist
New Hampshire Hall, 124 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2071