BHSU Outdoor Education Program

The Outdoor Education major combines studying natural history, education methods and outdoor adventure in the Black Hills, which provide the ideal location. This program has highly qualified faculty from environmental education, physical education, biology, botany, geology and mass communications.

A degree in Outdoor Education from BHSU will equip you for education positions in parks, nature centers, zoos, aquaria, eco-tourism programs, camps, wilderness programs, and much more.


The benefits of earning this degree from BHSU include:

  • Hike or mountain bike scenic roads and mountain paths, watching plentiful wildlife
  • Cross-country ski on miles of groomed trail
  • Fly fish in scenic Spearfish Canyon
  • Rock climb our world-famous Needles or Devil’s Tower
  • Down-hill ski and snowboard at either of two local ski areas

Two BHSU faculty complete doctorate programs
Two Black Hills State University professors were recently honored for completing their doctorate degrees.
BHSU to hold two wilderness medicine courses

Black Hills State University in partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Wilderness Medical Institute is hosting two wilderness medical courses this spring.

BHSU graduate students’ articles published in research journals
Black Hills State University graduate students Jacob Alsdurf and Riston Haugen recently had their individual work published in two research journals.
The BHSU Outdoor Education program prepares competent, confident, and caring outdoor leaders.