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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.

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

2015 Supervisor Internship Manual

2015 Student 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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