UNH Recreation Management and Policy

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Organization Overview

The undergraduate and graduate outdoor education option is designed to train students in the educational management and/or therapeutic uses of physical activity in the natural/adventurous environment. The Outdoor Education (OE) program prepares individuals for careers working with diverse populations in public and private schools organizations and agencies. The techniques and approaches of adventure education represent the underlying philosophy of the curriculum. This means that a well-structured experienced-based educational philosophy lies at the heart of the design of the OE classes. The program engages students with classrooms in the local seacoast and mountain areas including the White Mountains Atlantic Seacoast Northern Maine Adirondacks and Alaska ensuring that students have ample opportunity for practical application and field experience. The goal of OE master's program is to prepare outdoor adventure educators with the skills necessary to become managers and directors of outdoor education programs and/or to provide appropriate skills to pursue a related degree at the doctoral level. The doctoral program is a joint effort between the Department of Education and the Outdoor Education Program in the Department of Kinesiology. The degree program is a specialization within the Department of Education doctoral program.

AEE Region

North America - Northeast

Clientele - Age

Youth (Ages 1-5), Youth (Ages 5-12), Youth (Ages 12-18), Young Adults (Ages 18-25), Adults (Ages 25-65)

Areas of Focus

Therapeutic Adventure & Wilderness Therapy, Colleges & Universities, Outdoor Programs