Outdoor Adventure Leadership

Challenge yourself to become a visionary outdoor adventure educational leader.

In our innovative, intensive, and experiential curriculum, you will develop into a strong leader capable of effectively facilitating groups through high risk environments. You will learn the theory and principles of adventure and leadership strategies, and also have the opportunity to apply your learning in a wilderness context. You will enrich your professional courses with a broad array of liberal arts courses to develop your integrative thinking, critical thinking, and analysis skills. Opportunities for interdisciplinary study will expand your horizons. As a graduate of our program, you will be a responsible and independent thinker, demonstrate respect for others, embrace the spirit of collaboration, have awareness of our environmental and cultural connections, and commit to lifelong service and learning.

Outdoor Adventure Leadership B.S. - Final entry term: Fall 2021

Students currently enrolled in this major will be supported through completion of their degree. (For degree requirements, please refer to the Ithaca College catalog for the year in which you declared the major.)

Our Educational Approach

Our curriculum emphasizes outdoor program administration, problem solving, leadership, wilderness literacy, and recreational land use. Using the wilderness as a catalyst for personal growth, both in yourself and in those you work with, you’ll develop your sense of responsibility, appreciation of independent thought, respect for others, a spirit of collaboration, awareness of our environmental and cultural connections, and a commitment to lifelong service and learning.

The living lab of gorges, forests, and lakes that the greater Ithaca area has, provides numerous opportunities to learn and test your backpacking, kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, orienteering, and outdoor leadership skills. 

The Ithaca College Outdoor Adventure Leadership Immersion Semester Program collaborates with the North West Outward Bound School to provide an immersive semester experience. The collaboration provides a unique student-centered experience featuring both Ithaca College courses (18 credits) and North West Outward Bound School’s experiential wilderness curriculum featuring challenge and adventure to instill personal growth and character development.

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Patrick Lewis
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Ithaca College • 953 Danby Road • Ithaca, NY 14850