College of Education and Human Development

Outdoor Education Institute

The Outdoor Education Institute is a part of the Department of Health and Kinesiology in the College of Education and Human Development. The institute’s primary function is to facilitate the education of people interested in the out-of-doors. This function is achieved through departmental courses offered for degree credit and through special workshops and trips open to the general public. All institute programs are experiential. They take place outdoors and are based on the premise that people learn best by doing. Whenever possible, the institute attempts to integrate both the adventure and environmental branches of outdoor education.

Students may take outdoor education courses which will enhance their particular undergraduate or graduate degree. The interdisciplinary design allows students from a variety of departments to pursue outdoor education, which can increase career options by complementing rather than competing with existing academic majors.

The course work is directed by faculty members from cooperating departments who serve on the advisory board of the institute. Students completing the required 21 semester hours from various departments will receive a Record of Completion and be designated by the institute as an Outdoor Education Specialist.

For students who are interested in learning more about the Outdoor Education Institute, the office is in 216 G. Rollie White Coliseum and the phone number is (979) 845-3758.