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Outdoor Recreation Leadership


The outdoor recreation degree is one of the most exciting and adventuresome professional degree programs at any public university in America. This program is fully accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association.

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    The Outdoor Recreation Leadership degree at Eastern Washington University prepares students to develop and lead outdoor recreation experiences for multiple populations.  The curriculum is grounded with a focus in leadership and uses theory and technical skill-based courses to provide a setting where students will apply leadership skills in a real setting.


    The Inland Northwest makes a phenomenal classroom to learn basic technical and leadership skills in activities such as backpacking, whitewater boating, winter camping, rock climbing, mountaineering, and expedition planning.  Most classes include single-day and multi-day wilderness-based experiences in the Inland Northwest.  Students also take classes to learn how to manage risk, budget programs, manage personnel, and more. 


    In addition to a degree, students will obtain other certificates relevant to the outdoor industry, such as the Leave No Trace Trainer, Wilderness First Aid, and Swiftwater Rescue through the American Canoe Association.  This program is fully accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association.


    Mission Statement: 

    The mission of the Outdoor Recreation Leadership program is to create an environment that fosters personal and professional growth in order to develop competent and ethical outdoor recreation leaders who care for others, care for the environment, and manage risk appropriately; to develop leadership skills that are transferable to a personal and professional environment.

    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:

    Program Curriculum


    1500 Hours Form

    2017-2018 Internship Manual


    What could I do with my degree?

    Contact Information

    Dr. Jeremy Jostad
    243 PEB
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.7097
    fax: 509.359.4833

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