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Study Outdoor and Environmental Education, Adventure Programming and Leadership, Resort Management, Recreation, Tourism, and More

Direction is More Than Where You Go. It’s What You Do.

Whether you’re interested in leading activities such as paddling and mountaineering, environmental education, therapeutic wilderness programs, resort and ski area management, or other business aspects of the recreation industry, our outdoors programs will help you follow your direction to success. Our programs are all about doing — through internships, expeditions, and other real-world experiences.

You’ll work with faculty members who are experienced practitioners with industry certifications and strong connections in the field. Depending on your program, you will graduate prepared for a career in a wide range of settings, from ski resorts, schools, and wilderness areas to camps, environmental education centers, and parks.

Our Curriculum Isn’t Confined to the Classroom 

NVU’s programs encourage you to be adventurous, to explore, to be active. You’ll focus on a niche in the industry to give you an advantage in the workplace while you gain leadership and business skills to help you make your impact.

Here are some program features:

  • If you’re a student in our Lyndon-based mountain recreation management program, recently ranked one of the top 20 campuses for outdoor enthusiasts, you will choose a concentration in adventure leadership or mountain resort management, which has tracks for mountain operations and resort management
  • In the mountain resort management program, you can increase your career options even more with our certifications in outdoor emergency care, CPR, and other in-demand specialties
  • In the outdoor education program, you’ll choose a concentration in adventure education and wilderness leadership, environmental education, outdoor program management, or therapeutic wilderness and adventure programming
  • As an outdoor education student, you will develop your abilities on expeditions in Vermont, around the U.S., or abroad, or in labs and nearby streams and forests
  • Through hands-on learning experiences, internships, and faculty connections, you’ll be prepared to start your career in outdoor education and resort management jobs
A group of students dressed for cold weather attend class outdoors.

“Having my degree has helped me get jobs, but more importantly it developed me into a well-rounded and dynamic leader. I not only know how to tie the right knots, but I understand how to connect to different learning styles.”

– Trenton Gould ’18


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