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Outdoor Recreation

Program Code 221-460-35

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Length: One-year Program – Two semesters 

Purpose: Outdoor recreation activities are available in most areas, and visiting state and national parks is popular regardless of the state of the economy. State, national and other park services employ many employees in various types and classifications of jobs. At the heart of outdoor recreation activities, an integrated trail system and waterway infrastructure is necessary for adventure tourism and outdoor recreation activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, and ATV riding. This curriculum provides an add-on credential for those interested into getting into the outdoor recreation or parks and
recreation industries.

Occupational Objectives:

  • Recreation Coordinator
  • Facilities Coordinator
  • Outdoor Recreation Planner
  • Guest Relations
  • Events Coordinator
  • Camp Counselor
  • Path/Trail Technician
  • Park Maintenance Worker
  • Maintenance Crew Leader
  • Education Specialist/Interpreter

Admission Requirements: Students must meet the general admission requirements established by the College.

Program Requirements: The outdoor recreation program is designed to provide students with an introduction to the outdoor recreation industry. Additional courses will focus on the outdoor recreation topic of interest to the students. The elective courses will be selected from the approved list and an approved course plan is suggested before the student enrolls in the courses. The elective courses may focus on the student’s area of interest including parks and recreation, adventure tourism, and trail maintenance and design. The curriculum will be taught in a contextualized and experiential learning format. To foster a green initiative, the curriculum will be developed around the use of a tablet, digital texts, pdfs, online videos, an online course management system and other cutting-edge instructional technology.

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester
RPK 100Intro to Recreation, Parks & Leisure Studies303
RPK 103Preparation for Wilderness Adventure021
RPK 141Leadership & Supervision223
RPK 140Land Use Ethics101
RPK 160Wilderness First Aid222
RPK 131Kayaking*021
RPK 150Mountain Biking*021
ITE 115Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts303
TOTAL111015
Second Semester
RPK 102Outdoor Recreation in the Appalachian Ecosystem202
MKT 170Customer Service202
RPK 265Risk Management303
RPK 190 OR RPK 198Internship OR Capstone Course042
RPK 125Resource Interpretation & Education223
RPK 170Recreational Backpacking*041
RPK 151Orienteering021
TOTAL91214

Total Minimum Credits for the Career Studies Certificate in Outdoor Recreation  29

*Or Division Approval

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