Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

Cave drawings.

"The program is unique. Your teachers are working early childhood educators who are involved as mentors during your classes and onward into your career." -Caitlyn Shaffer

A trip to Mesa Verde.
The outdoor education team hiking.
The sunset view.
Getting a good view of the mountain side.
Setting up camp.
The outdoor education team.
A student being awarded.
Outdoor education taking a break on top of a big rock.
Getting to enjoy the view after a long hike.
Making camp out in the snow.

Study Outdoor Education in the Colorado Rockies

Strong liberal arts foundation prepares you for a successful future

Become a leader in the land that you love! A career in Outdoor Education is your chance to impact youth, the environment, and the future. Our outdoor education degree program is not only unique and hands on, but it also gives you a competitive Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Outdoor Education, preparing you for a job or further study upon graduation.

Our epic locale in the heart of the Rocky Mountains offers towering peaks, raging rivers, steep canyons and challenging descents to learn about and share. But that’s not all we offer.

What will I learn?

At Colorado Mountain College, you’ll get the best of both worlds. The basics of a liberal arts education coupled with theoretical and hands-on outdoor leadership is a winning combination. Build a solid foundation for your future, whether you choose to get a job or pursue a higher degree.

We also offer a certificate in Outdoor Education. Depending on your goals and interests, the shorter certificate program might be right for you.

Where can I go from here?

A serious career or higher education awaits you:

  • Pursue a degree in education, business, environmental science or recreation law
  • Counsel at-risk youth in outdoor therapy programs
  • Become an advisor for Outward Bound or NOLS
  • Manage a region of the Student Conservation Association
  • Teach via Experiential Education at an environmental primary school
  • Work with city parks and recreation teams
  • Direct outdoor programs in public schools.

Program at a Glance

Degree: Outdoor Education (AA)

Locations: Breckenridge & Dillon, Leadville, Spring Valley, Steamboat Springs

Cost: $57/credit-hour (in-district), $317/credit-hour (out-of-state)
See tuition information below

Download the Outdoor/Environmental Brochure (pdf)

What Outdoor Education Careers are available?

Graduates are prepared to enter the outdoor, adventure and recreation fields including:

  • Guiding
  • Retail sales
  • Resort recreation
  • Military or community outdoor recreation
  • Technician positions with federal agencies such as the Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management.

Colorado Mountain College Outdoor Education degree graduates often transfer to four-year institutions to pursue a bachelor’s or graduate degree in outdoor education, adventure and recreation, teacher and school counselor certification, and anthropology, philosophy and environmental  sciences. Graduates have gone on to attend Colorado universities, and out-of-state institutions such as the University of New Hampshire, Alaska Pacific University, the University of Washington and Western Washington University.

What classes will I take?

How much is tuition?

Don’t go deep into debt. Find your affordable education here! Colorado Mountain College tuition is one of the lowest in Colorado, and is lower than in-state tuition in many other states. See more tuition information and net price calculators.

Tuition Rates for this program

Status 100-200 Courses
per Credit Hour
100-200 Courses
per Semester*
In-District $57 $855
In-State $100.50 $1,507.50
Out-of-State $317 $4,755

Special Tuition Rates at CMC

You may qualify for a significant tuition discount at Colorado Mountain College.

Status 100-200 Courses
per Credit Hour
100-200 Courses
per Semester*
Vets & Military Families $57 $855
CMC Service Area $97 $1,455
Western States (WUE) $150.75 $1,586.25