Want to have some fun with your unsuspecting relatives? You can really throw them for a loop when they ask you what your major is, and you say, “outdoor education.”
Nope, it’s not a fancy name for “gym teacher,” nor is it a glorified gym class. According to this video from Northwest College in Wyoming, it’s pretty much the edge-of-your-seat life of an outdoorsman/woman, with white-water rafting trips, zip lines, kayaking—you name it.
At Northwest College, you can either earn an associate degree of applied science or an associate of science in outdoor education, with the option to transfer to a four-year university, too. The outdoor education program mainly focuses on technical skills, leadership, and career options. There are work opportunities, too. According to the school’s website: “You may end up working with wild horses, on an archaeology project or helping out as a recreation specialist or natural resource guide.” Sample careers include: wilderness instructor, eco-tourism, environmental educator, and working for the National Park Service.
However, Northwest is just one example of a school that offers a major in outdoor recreation. Check out our list of Programs in Recreation & Fitness to find one that might suit you better.