The Outdoor Education program will prepare you for education positions in non-traditional education settings. Common jobs include:
- interpretive park rangers in state and national parks
- naturalists in nature centers
- educators for zoos and aquaria
- information and education program coordinators for natural resource agencies
- adventure programmers with youth programs
- guides with wilderness programs
Our recent graduates are working as interpreters for the National Park Service, naturalists at nature centers, program coordinators at camps, youth program wilderness guides, outdoor retail business owners, hunter and fishing education coordinators for state wildlife management agencies, city recreation coordinators, 4-H Extension educators, outdoor education coordinators with schools, YMCA youth program coordinators, at-risk youth program leaders, and more.
Are you looking for certifications and trainings?
Here at BHSU, there are numerous and growing opportunities for certifications and trainings from national organizations. You can earn the Wilderness First Responder certifications through a partnership established with the National Outdoor Leadership School, or earn the Certified Interpretive Guide certification through a partnership with the National Association of Interpretation. Our students become Leave No Trace Trainers. They complete environmental education trainings for Project WILD, Growing WILD, Project Learning Tree, and Project WET. You can earn an Archery Instructor-Trainer certification from the National Archery in the Schools Program. You can become certified by the American Red Cross in Lifeguarding, Waterfront Management, and Water Safety Instruction.
Interested in going on to grad school?
With a degree in Outdoor Education, you can also go on to graduate school in many of the related fields of environmental education, interpretation, outdoor education, experiential education, natural resources management, leadership studies, sustainability, and more. If you are considering this option, you should meet with an advisor to select the appropriate electives and complete an undergraduate research project.