Environmental and Outdoor Education

From outdoor leadership to camp management to environmental awareness, our program covers every dimension of outdoor education. Numerous opportunities for practical experience complement our curriculum. 

Exceptional Faculty

Professors Amy DiRenzo, Charles Yaple and Anderson Young teach many courses in this concentration. They have held leadership positions with the North American Association for Experiential Education, the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education. They also are published authors and boast a wealth of experience with programs such as Outward Bound, the Wilderness Education Association and Leave No Trace.

Outdoor Pursuits

Housed in the Student Life Center, this hub of activity strives to bring students into the outdoors. The office is open seven days a week, overseeing various trips, workshops, outdoor gear rental, the Cortland Bike Project and the climbing/bouldering wall. Monthly trips take students backpacking, kayaking, camping and even skydiving.

Program Highlights

Located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, the William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education at Raquette Lake stretches more than 400 acres and is the only National Historic Landmark in the SUNY system. This educational site applies to many different disciplines and provides a natural environment for hands-on learning.

Career Potential

Our graduates direct university outdoor pursuits programs, lead trips for the National Outdoor Leadership School, guide clients on Adirondack whitewater trips and teach outdoor education in schools. They serve in management positions with state and federal agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New York State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service. They also teach in local parks and nature centers or direct summer camps and retreat centers.

Contact Us

Chair: Sharon Todd 
Main Office: Professional Studies Building, Room 2213-A 
Phone: 607-753-4941 
Fax: 607-753-5982 
Email: rpls@cortland.edu 

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