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Outdoor Recreation

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The Outdoor Recreation degree at Eastern Washington University prepares students to program, facilitate, and lead outdoor adventure experiences for multiple populations.  Students will take a combination of theory based and technical skill based courses where they will apply their learning in a real setting.  Students will learn basic technical skills and leadership skills in activities such as backpacking, whitewater boating, winter camping, rock climbing, and mountaineering.  In addition to a degree, students will obtain other certificates relevant to the outdoor industry, such as the Leave No Trace Master Educator. This program is fully accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association.

What will I study?

In addition to taking the core courses that are required of all recreation majors, outdoor recreation majors take a combination of technical skill and theory based courses including:

  • whitewater rafting
  • wilderness backpacking
  • winter camping
  • mountaineering
  • wilderness survival
  • outdoor recreation
  • outdoor leadership
  • standard first aid

Program Curriculum


1500 Hours Form

2016-2017 Internship Manual

What could I do with my degree?

  • outdoor guides
  • outdoor educators
  • public and private camps
  • state and national parks
  • college outdoor recreation programs
  • wilderness therapy programs
  • non-profit organizations related to the field of outdoor recreation
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