Outdoor Recreation Leadership

Are you someone who likes being outside and physically active? Does the idea of helping others enjoy the outdoors appeal to you? Do you want a job that allows you to do these things? If so, Mansfield University’s Outdoor Recreation Leadership program may be just what you are looking for.

Situated in north-central Pennsylvania’ s Tioga County, Mansfield University’s rural setting offers many advantages for the student interested in Outdoor Recreation Leadership. The area includes varied and all-season recreation opportunities; existing recreation providers; nearby state parks, state forest, and state game lands; and a reputation as a first-class outdoor vacation destination, all attributes that provide important resources and allow substantive in-the-field training. Of particular note, Pine Creek Gorge, Pennsylvania’s “Grand Canyon,” sits about 20 miles from campus and makes a great place for canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing.

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Out on the road for some early spring cycling


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Geography Department raft trip.

If this program appeals to you, and if you are willing to work hard to accomplish your goals, then WE are interested in YOU. For further information contact Lilace Mellin Guignard (lguignar@mansfield.edu).

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The program in Outdoor Recreation Leadership is designed to provide you with a blend of classroom and experiential learning. In addition to the required recreation-oriented core classes, leadership training and practical geographic skills such as GIS are also stressed. The program also includes supporting coursework in Business, Geology, Watershed Management, Wilderness First Aid, Travel and Tourism, and Leadership Studies. An internship/practicum or similar work experience is highly recommended as well. Does this program include lots of training? Yes. Does the program expect a lot from you? Yes. But we don’t think you would want it any other way!


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Bouldering near campus

Possible career paths include: outdoor adventure guide, park ranger, environmental interpreter, director of youth camps, ecotourism, working with at-risk youth, outdoor-oriented resorts, civic recreation departments, and opening your own recreation business.