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Prepare for a Career in Ski Resort Management, Outdoor Education, or Adventure Leadership

From up here, things look different.

Northern Vermont University’s new bachelor of science in outdoor education, leadership, and tourism prepares you to succeed in the growth industries of resort management, outdoor education, and adventure tourism. This major includes courses from many different disciplines, including environmental science, psychology, and business. Our courses focus specifically to create skilled professionals ready to lead within the resort industry as well as to teach others in, about, and for the outdoors, through the use of environmentally and educationally sound methods.

The B.S. in outdoor education, leadership, and tourism combines the focus and expertise offered in Lyndon’s former mountain recreation management and Johnson’s outdoor education degree programs into one new degree program. All OELT majors will complete the same core coursework, and then specialize in one of five concentrations:

Learning Outcomes

Students practicing wilderness first aid in the snowUpon graduation, outdoor education, leadership, and tourism majors will be able to:

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate a program to meet diverse needs served by the public and private sectors of the outdoor industry.
  • Apply appropriate knowledge, skills, and technology specific to outdoor adventure pursuits, environmental education, therapeutic applications, and/or program management and administrative practices.
  • Conduct research consistent with the scientific methods to objectively solve problems within various outdoor related professions.
  • Exhibit knowledge of the historical and philosophical foundations of the field, human development, learning theories, experiential education, natural history, and environmental issues.
  • Exhibit pedagogical skills and practical experience organizing and leading diverse populations through experiential, field-based learning opportunities.
  • Exhibit knowledge of professional practices including risk management, emergency procedures, and awareness of industry standards, current issues and trends.

Students who enrolled in Lyndon’s mountain recreation management major or Johnson’s outdoor education major for the 2019-20 year will be automatically enrolled in the new OELT major.


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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