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Outdoor Education


NEC’s Adventure Bound Ropes Course

The Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Education is hands-on experiential learning in the outdoors, for the outdoors.

You will develop leadership and facilitation skills in wilderness environments. Building a connection with the natural environment and becoming comfortable in outdoor settings will assist your growth as an outdoor educator and wilderness leader.

Through lecture-based class work and specific skills-based courses, you will develop and build your leadership skills through backpacking, climbing, skiing, ropes courses, and more. You will enjoy many opportunities to explore your skill sets in a safe and supportive learning environment while developing a stronger, more self-reliant approach to leading groups in the wilderness.

Experiential education, civic engagement, and a strong connection to nature are embedded intuitively in New England College’s Outdoor Education program. We are passionate about preserving the natural environment through outdoor adventure and education. New England College is committed to these principles, and in the Outdoor Education program, you will lead by example.

Learn more about the Outdoor Education program’s learning objectives, requirements, and core and elective courses by clicking on the Academic Catalog to the right.

Outdoor EdOE-Gaspesieucation: Learn by Doing at New England College

Outdoor Education is a trailblazer in hands-on, experiential education at New England College. Outdoor experience and leadership are taught in a supportive environment where trying new things, stepping outside your comfort zone, and exploring possibilities are encouraged and nurtured. You will become more confident in your judgment and decision-making skills, and grow as a trusted, self-assured leader.

Wilderness Trips. Build your wilderness leadership skills during 3-10 day wilderness immersion trips in backcountry environments, such as Gaspésie National Park in Canada. Lead middle and high school students, adults, and your peers on wilderness adventures

Ropes Course. Engage in intensive group projects such as building ropes course elements on New England College’s Adventure Bound Ropes Course, and designing school programs on the ropes course. Lead middle and high school students, adults, and your peers on the College’s Adventure Bound Ropes Course.

Mock Rescues. Participate in Wilderness First Responder mock rescues, including winter rescues.

Career Opportunities in Outdoor Education


  • Outdoor Educator
  • Outdoor Education Program Director
  • Camp Director/program director/counselor
  • Environmental Instructor/Educator
  • Recreation Director
  • Guide Services
  • Adventure Therapy
  • Ropes Course Leader/Builder/Trainer
  • Ropes course facilitator
  • Nature’s Classroom Teacher
  • Experiential Outdoor Coordinator
  • Masters of Education
  • Masters of Leadership