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Study Outdoor Education with CMC's Popular Outdoor Education Program

Colorado mountains and rivers are your classroom

Become a leader in the land you love! Our epic location in the heart of the Rocky Mountains will challenge you with high peaks, raging rivers, steep canyons and steep descents. Seasoned outdoor professionals will guide you to build the skills you need to be a confident outdoor leader.

A career in Outdoor Education is your chance to make a difference—in the environment, with youth, and all who can benefit from what the wilderness has to teach.

graphic: 500,000 Jobs in Outdoors Recreation in Colorado

What Will I learn?

With Colorado Mountain College's Outdoor Education Program, you'll get the best of both worlds: the groundwork of a liberal arts education coupled with theoretical and hands-on outdoor leadership experiences. Build a solid foundation for your future, whether you choose to get a job or pursue a higher degree.

We offer both an Associate of Arts (AA) degree and a certificate. Depending on your goals and interests, the shorter certificate program might be right for you.

Where can I go from here?

Our program prepares you for a job or further study upon graduation:

  • 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.

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 program 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.

Hands-on, in the field learning with CMC's Outdoor Education Program

Wilderness trips in Colorado and beyond are part of your learning experience at Colorado Mountain College. To be a leader in the outdoors, you must know how to navigate through a challenging terrain. That's something you won't learn in the classroom alone. Colorado Mountain College takes you through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Rocky Mountain West and beyond.

At Colorado Mountain College you will get hands-on experience in:

  • Outdoor leadership
  • Mountaineering
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Backcountry travel and appreciation
  • Rock and ice climbing
  • Horse packing
  • Biology, ecology and geology
  • Ethics and anthropology
  • Avalanche awareness
  • First aid, CPR and safety

From rafting down a desert canyon to trekking up and over one of the state's many 14,000-ft. mountain peaks, you'll push yourself and learn to lead others along the way.

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands and Waters under special permits and agreements from the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.