Outdoor Education Program at RRCC

Be the envy of all your friends! Work in Outdoor Education!

Outdoor Education- Adventure is calling!

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! Take classes through the RRCC Outdoor Education program at RRCC.


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 the following outdoor education certificates:

  • Intro to Outdoor Leadership (Warren Tech)
  • Outdoor Professional (Guiding)
  • Outdoor Industry Business/Management
  • Wilderness Therapy Specialist
  • Facilitation/Education Specialist


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

Transfer Agreements

The Outdoor Education department has great opportunities for transfer! Articulation agreements for transfer to a college or university help ensure that you won’t have to retake successfully completed courses or earn additional credits to enter as a junior. Coming this Fall, students looking to complete a four year degree can easily transfer to the schools below.

  • Metropolitan State University
  • Western State University
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Fort Lewis College

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

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Contact us today to get more information about the Outdoor Education program at Red Rocks Community College.

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Red Rocks Community College is an equal opportunity service provider and employer and operates under permit from the USDA Forest Service, Gunnison National Forest