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Outdoor Recreation Management


WVC Outdoor Recreation Management is designed around North Central Washington's unique natural environment, which provides an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities that promote physically fit and active lifestyles. Outdoor recreation is a growing field of employment and an important part of our regional economy. Career opportunities are available in outdoor recreation services and tourism in a variety of settings.

The curriculum blends course work in seasonal outdoor recreational activities, physical education, health and fitness, natural resources and business management.

Prepare for entry- to mid-level career paths in:

  • Outdoor guiding
  • Camp programming (trip planning and administration)
  • State and federal parks
  • Outdoor/environmental education
  • Management positions in recreation-related companies

The associate in applied science – transfer (AAS-T) degree has a dual purpose: core technical course work that allows students the flexibility to prepare for entry-level employment, and a college general education component as preparation for a junior year in a bachelor degree program for students seeking advanced studies at a four-year educational institution.

On completion of the AAS-T in outdoor recreation management, the graduate will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the social, behavioral, physical, and environmental sciences as they relate to outdoor recreational activities.
  • demonstrate responsible stewardship of the natural resources.
  • communicate effectively with participants in recreational activities.
  • navigate and safely function in an outdoor setting.
  • develop lifetime outdoor recreational activities that promote healthy lifestyles.
  • promote supportive relationships among all members of the recreation community.
  • promote and increase the visibility of the recreation management profession.
  • create safety and survival skill programs that would allow recreation professionals to respond to emergencies in the outdoors.