Outdoor Education, Leadership & Tourism

  • Bachelor of Science

In Person Plus at:

  • Lyndon, VT

In Person Plus programs are In Person with options for cross-campus classes and flexibility for remote study.

Want to scale mountains as a tour guide, work in ski and mountain resort management or in a therapeutic recreation setting, lead expeditions, or chase another career in the outdoors? The Outdoor Education, Leadership & Tourism program at Vermont State University equips you to jump into an array of management roles in the outdoor field. Learn about environmental science, education, biology, and psychology while you play in Vermont and the White Mountains. Become an expert backpacker and canoeist while working toward national-level certifications in areas like alpine climbing, backcountry skiing, ropes course leadership, and more.

Why Study Outdoor Education, Leadership & Tourism at Vermont State?

  • Great job prospects: Our program offers excellent preparation for top outdoor education and resort management jobs via internships in Yellowstone, Alaska, Colorado, Vermont, New Hampshire, and more.
  • National certification: Choose from a wide variety of certifications including the American Canoe Association whitewater and flatwater canoe and kayak certifications, and wilderness first responder medical certification.
  • Unbeatable location: Forty-five miles from Franconia Notch and seventy-three miles from Mt. Washington, our campus is centrally located to some of the most scenic outdoor terrain in the region.
  • Fully immersive education: You’ll have ample opportunities to put what you learn to the test, including our twenty-three day immersion program in your second year, when you will execute a self-planned expedition.
  • Get paid to play: You’ll get paid to put your outdoor education skills to work by teaching others through our partnerships with local business and schools.
  • Peer support: Our program fosters a nurturing environment of tight-knit classmate communities. It’s not uncommon for our third- and fourth-year students to take on informal mentoring roles to help encourage and support new students as they acclimate to the program.

Financial Aid for Outdoor Education, Leadership & Tourism Students

Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in the varied outdoors field to students across Vermont and beyond. More than 80 percent of Vermont State students receive financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.

Internships & Jobs in Outdoor Education, Leadership & Tourism

At Vermont State, you’ll gain leading-edge skills for jobs in this field through internships, co-ops, career coaching, and more. Our internship placements are guaranteed to bolster your network with local and national businesses and organizations.

Every year we place an intern with Majestic Heli Ski in Alaska. Other internships have included:

  • San Juan Outdoor Adventures, Telluride, CO
  • Ski the East, Burlington, VT
  • Adventure Treks Mountain Dew Tour / Vertical Challenge The White Mountain School, Bethlehem, NH
  • National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), WY
  • Yellowstone Employee Recreation Program, WY
  • Natural Retreats, South Fork Lodge, ID
  • Great Northern Powder Guides, MT

Student Stories

A young man leans over a bike smiling at the camera wearing a helmet and blue rain jacket.

“Compared to other colleges with a similar degree, I liked the high-end quality of the program. The things we focus on here let you really dive into being a leader rather than just going into the outdoors and being an educator. They teach you how to be a true leader.” 

Jordan Zach ’20
Outdoor Education, Leadership & Tourism