Outdoor Recreation Option

As a student in the Outdoor Recreation option, you will be prepared for careers in Outdoor Experiential Leadership (OEL) and/or Park Management and Environmental Interpretation (PMEI). The OEL track emphasizes outdoor experiential leadership, including wilderness experiences and personal development. The PMEI track focuses on natural and cultural history environmental interpretation and education and the social science of conservation. The third track provides a flexible route for students to combine parts of the OEL and PMEI to create a meaningful personalized set of courses that could include study abroad experiences and prepare students for international contexts of recreation management. The outdoor recreation option is of interest to students seeking employment in a variety of recreation and park venues (local, state, and national from urban to wilderness) offering outdoor activities and personal development to the public.

Outdoor Recreation Tracks

You have the option to choose one of three tracks in the Outdoor Recreation option.

Park Management and Environmental Interpretation (PMEI)

The environmental interpretation track focuses on natural and cultural history interpretation, including environmental education. Courses in this track are taught by faculty in RPTM and Shaver's Creek Environmental Center. This track prepares students to work as interpreters or environmental educators in parks, nature centers, historic sites, camps, and similar organizations.

Outdoor Experiential Leadership

The Outdoor Experiential Leadership track emphasizes leadership and management skills needed to work in organizations such as Outward Bound™ and similar organizations using experiential approaches to personal and social development. The track involves a blocked semester which creates opportunities for study abroad. Philosophically the track is based on the philosophy of Kurt Hahn – founder of Outward Bound™, Round Square Schools, United World Colleges and The Duke of Edinburgh Award. Courses are taught by RPTM faculty and faculty of The Kurt Hahn Consortium for Values and Experiential Learning.

Individualized Pathway

This pathway permits students to pre select a range of courses to design their own pathway within outdoor recreation.


Recommended Academic Plans

Semester-by-semester academic plans recommend the courses students might schedule each semester as they pursue a particular degree.

The plans will help you to identify normal academic progress, course offerings, and recommended course sequencing They can assist students and advisers in planning academic schedules, registrars and departments in planning course offerings, and registrars and deans in determining when students should change campus.

Semester scheduling recommendations for all baccalaureate majors can also be found in the University Bulletin.