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Outdoor Leadership Program

Higher Education for Adventure Guides and Instructors

Alumni

Many people hear about OLP from the graduates who now work in a variety of fields, from the outdoor industry to education and human services.

Alumni have found that the teaching, leadership, and human relation skills developed at OLP have led them into careers with outdoor and environmental organizations like NOLS, Outward Bound and Audubon, and also with public and private schools and social service agencies.

At the 15th anniversary reunion, alumni counted at least 50 graduates who run their own businesses — proof that an entrepreneurial flair is alive and well!

Recent employers

You can find recent OLP graduates in at a variety of locations…teaching whitewater canoeing and kayaking at Zoar Outdoor in MA or the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina, as environmental educators in the Chewonki Foundation’s Maine school program or at Camp Thoreau in MA, running ropes and rock programs for summer programs at Beaver Country Day School or Thayer Academy in MA, teaching map & compass programs for the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center in MA, and running domestic travel trips for Interlocken in NH.

Others teach at alternative high schools such as California Academy in California, Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico, Aspen Achievement in Utah and Summit Achievement in New Hampshire.

Some have specialized in adaptive recreation programs like the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management’s universal access programs, Wilderness Inquiry in Minnesota, and Maine Handicapped Skiing. Others lead trips with youth-at-risk referred by state youth agencies or courts such as Connecticut’s The Wilderness School.

OLP graduates as managers

After initial employment, graduates have become outdoor program coordinators for schools like California Academy in CA, instructional managers for Zoar Outdoor in MA, and directors of college programs at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Landmark College in Vermont. They also direct government-funded entities like the Mendocino County recreation program.

The range of businesses owned by OLP graduates can be quite unique. Look for the distinctive brown sails of the Angelique, a tall ship out of Camden Harbor, Maine, because the boat is owned and piloted by an OLP alumnus.

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