Focuses on the development of critical, philosophical, and technical skills in the practice and methods of Adventure Education. Provides students with the skills and knowledge required to lead entry-level or above adventure programs
and services. Students learn by doing—activities are primarily field-oriented, with hands-on training. The degree prepares students to design and deliver experiences in five areas: backcountry travel
, rock climbing
, paddling sports
, Nordic skiing
, and challenge course work
. Certification competencies comply with adventure industry nationally recognized standards. Greenfield Community College’s outdoor leadership offerings are accredited by the Association for Experiential Education.
To plan degree completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.
This program is intended for completion in four semesters of full-time study over two years. For required course sequencing please contact the program coordinator.
Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog. Find courses
Student learning outcomes
Students are prepared to work in outdoor centers and organizations, paddling schools, outdoor schools such as the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Outward Bound, human services organizations, educational institutions that utilize adventure, and a diverse variety of recreational programs and businesses. Students may transfer to other multi-year degree programs in Adventure Education or Outdoor Education. Students with previous career skills may combine those with current technical training towards entrepreneurial ventures, counseling, or other specialized fields. Students also choose to continue studies in outdoor education, adventure recreation, natural or social sciences, and a myriad of related fields.