Outdoor Education Department

canyon class 2014

The Canyon Orientation class went to Canyonlands National Park over Spring Break. They went backpacking, learned about the Anasizi, saw cultural sites, petroglyphs, and pictographs, as well as learned about the geology, geography, flora, fauna and other local facts!

Use your passion for the outdoors in a career that has long lasting impacts on individuals of all ages, helps to support sustainability and environmental awareness, and provides opportunities to travel all over the world!

Specializations

The Outdoor Education program at Red Rocks Community College offers an experiential, hands-on education for students wishing to pursue an associate of arts degree with an emphasis in outdoor education. Students may obtain an outdoor education certificate by specializing in:

  • Land-based skills
  • Water-based skills
  • Winter based skills
  • Combination of land, water and winter based skills

Employment

This specialization will prepare students to work in the outdoor industry upon graduation or to continue their education to obtain a bachelor’s degree. There are many job opportunities in this industry as Americans spend $646 billion on outdoor recreation each year and there are 6.1 million jobs in the United States alone. Possible job opportunities include:

  • Instructor at NOLS or Outward Bound
  • Field guide for Wilderness Therapy programs
  • Leader at a summer camp program
  • Staff, instructor or leader at Local Parks and Recreation programs
  • Employee at State and National Parks
  • Work with public and private schools in outdoor/physical education programs

Local Area

Located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Lakewood, Colorado provides an ideal location for students to learn and apply skills from the Outdoor Education department in real field settings. Being near an urban area allows easy access to hundreds of outdoor recreation retailers, open space parks, and other businesses and organizations where students work, volunteer and recreate during their time away from school. Some nearby areas of interest include:

  • Summit County Ski resorts – Several within 1 hour of campus
  • Green Mountain Open Space (hiking, biking, trail running) – adjacent to campus
  • North Table Mountain (rock climbing, hiking) – 15 minutes
  • Red Rocks Amphitheater & Open Space – 10 minutes
  • REI Flagship Store – 20 minutes
  • Bear Creek Lake Park (biking, hiking, swimming, fishing) – 15 minutes
  • Lookout Mountain (hiking, biking, sightseeing)
  • Eldorado Canyon State Park (climbing) – 20 minutes
  • Rocky Mountain National Park – 2 hours

Photos from some of our trips

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