Outdoor Recreation Option

As a student in the Outdoor Recreation option, you will focus on the outdoors as a setting for recreation programs, environmental education and interpretation services, as well as outdoor venue management. Through courses and experiences outside of the classroom, you will study how people, communities, and environments can benefit from interaction with the natural world. You can also take advantage of Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, Penn State’s affiliate nature center and its 7,000-acre outdoor laboratory.

If you are interested in a career in outdoor recreation or with other environmentally oriented organizations in the public and private sectors, the Outdoor Recreation option may be the right match for you. Students in this option are challenged with becoming leaders in the Outdoor Recreation field. You will have the opportunity to learn key principles in Outdoor Recreation and develop skills that will support your journey toward a career.

Students who successfully complete the Outdoor recreation option in the RPTM program will have demonstrated the ability to show awareness of the history, professional resources, and best practices in the field of environmental interpretation.

Outdoor Recreation Tracks

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

Environmental Interpretation

The environmental interpretation track focuses on natural and cultural history interpretation, including environmental education. Many of the courses in this track are taught by faculty of 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.

Adventure-based Programming

The adventure-based programming track emphasizes leadership and management skills needed to implement adventure-based programs. This track prepares students to work as leaders or guides for adventure activities in adventure businesses, camps, and schools.

Park Management

The park management track prepares students to manage natural resources, facilities, and visitors in federal, state, and local parks, commercial outdoor facilities, and camps.

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.