This program is for students pursuing careers helping children and adults learn about and explore their environment, understand what they can do to take care of it, and apply what they learn to global environmental issues. It program provides technical training in outdoor techniques and leadership in combination with cross-disciplinary study in education, psychology, biology and environmental science. Graduates earn a B.A. in Outdoor Education with a concentration in Environmental Education.
Students in this concentration will be prepared for employment in a variety of settings, including working at outdoor education, environmental and nature centers; as naturalists or interpreters in federal, state or local parks; conducting nature or environmentally-oriented activities for municipal or community recreation programs; as summer camp nature specialists; and as school and college workshop leaders and curriculum consultants. Students can also pursue advanced degrees in outdoor education and environmental education.
Outdoor Education Programs at NVU-Johnson
The Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Education is an exciting offering within our diverse department. The Outdoor Education major includes courses from many different disciplines, including environmental science, biology, psychology, and business, as well as courses focused specifically on the techniques necessary to lead and teach people in the out-of-doors. Four concentrations are offered:
- Adventure Education & Wilderness Leadership
- Environmental Education
- Outdoor Program Management & Administration
- Therapeutic Wilderness & Adventure Programming
Our program’s graduates can expect to find careers with organizations such as wilderness schools, adventure outfitters, outdoor guide services, wilderness or adventure therapy programs, ropes courses, indoor climbing centers, resorts, private schools with outdoor programming, year-round camps, environmental and nature education centers, and national, state, and local parks, just to name a few.
Prior to the required internship, students must complete OER 3010 with a grade of C- or better, have junior or senior standing and obtain a recommendation from the Outdoor Education faculty. Students should meet with their advisors early in their program for specific details regarding the internship process.
The B.A. in Outdoor Education seeks to produce graduates who can demonstrate:
- Knowledge of the historical and philosophical foundations of the field, human development, learning theories, experiential education, natural history and environmental issues;
- The ability to critically read, evaluate and synthesize literature in the field of outdoor education and carry out an original research project;
- Pedagogical skills and practical experience organizing, teaching and leading diverse populations through experiential, field-based learning opportunities;
- Knowledge of professional practices including program administration, program development, risk management, emergency procedures and awareness of industry standards, current issues and trends;
- Knowledge and skills specific to outdoor adventure pursuits, environmental education, therapeutic applications, and/or program management and administrative practices.
Required Core Courses (32-38 credits)
Environmental Education Concentration
Required Concentration Courses (21 credits)
Natural Science Field Course (3-4 credits)