Adventure Education

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Vermont’s beautiful mountains are the ideal setting for you to hone your outdoor leadership skills — and our Adventure Education Concentration is one of the best in the nation. In the only university-based program currently accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), you’ll gain the advanced training and skills you need to run outdoor and adventure-based programs for major organizations or the know-how start your own.

Become an expert backpacker or expedition canoeist while you learn to lead groups and programs in rock, ice or alpine climbing, backcountry skiing, avalanche studies, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, and more. You’ll gain excellent preparation and a top-notch professional network for internship opportunities and careers in mountain guiding, adventure leadership, therapeutic recreation, wilderness therapy, outdoor education, and related work with the National Forest and Park Services, Fish and Wildlife, other opportunities involving people and the natural world. You’ll also build your knowledge in environmental and experiential education with courses in environmental science, education, biology, and psychology.

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Amanda Ley

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Brad Moskowitz

Professor & Program Coordinator: Outdoor Education, Leadership, and Tourism


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Why Study Adventure Education at Vermont State

  • Nationally Ranked: The B.S. in Outdoor Education, Leadership, and Tourism at Vermont State is the only program currently accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA).
  • Hands-on Learning: You’ll begin learning outside right away. During your first two years, you’ll build your foundation as an outdoor professional by becoming an expert backpacker and competent expedition canoeist, while also gaining experience in whatever technical skills you are interested in (climbing, paddling, skiing, or biking).
  • Numerous Certification Opportunities: You’ll be able to graduate with nationally recognized certifications and credentials including the American Canoe Association (ACA) whitewater and flatwater canoe and kayak certifications, American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) climbing certification, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 1, 2, and Rescue courses, Challenge Course Practitioner Level 1, Leave No Trace Master Educator, and Wilderness First Responder medical certification.
  • Top Job Placement: Alumni have worked or interned with Outward Bound, Majestic Heli Ski in Alaska, National Outdoor Leadership Schools (NOLS), Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, and more.
  • National Network: Our alumni work across the U.S. in a variety of fields, and we’ll help you make connections to find internships, jobs, and learning opportunities.


Vermont State’s Outdoor Education, Leadership & Tourism program is the only university program in the country to currently be accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). This accreditation applies specifically to Vermont State’s rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, and backcountry ski programs.

The AMGA Accreditation Program ensures conformance to high technical standards, strong programs, and a quality staff of AMGA-certified and engaged and engaging climbing instructors and guides. 

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Sample Courses

  •  Seminar in Science and Sustainability  
  • Introduction to Biology: Ecology and Evolution 
  • Introduction to Environmental Science 
  • Research in Science 
  • Intermediate Algebra 

Other Concentrations in This Program

Student Stories

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“The mentorship and community are tight-knit, and the OELT program really shaped me. The networking is phenomenal, too — the faculty help you get to where you want to go.”

John Willard
A woman in a bike helmet has her hands on the handle bars of her bike as she smiles at someone facing away from the camera.

“You get so much experience outside. It’s hard to learn how to be a leader outside unless you’re doing it and learning how to make decisions under adverse conditions. I feel like I’m ready to take on any outdoor job — which Lyndon has completely prepared me for.”

Marie Vaine

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Associate Professor

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Professor & Program Coordinator: Outdoor Education, Leadership, and Tourism

  • Lyndon Campus

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