AS: Wilderness Recreation Leadership


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                   Wilderness Recreation Leadership on practicum.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  The Adirondack backcountry is vast - and it’s also your classroom.Since 1979, our Wilderness Recreation Leadership program has been giving students the leadership skills and outdoor experience to become guides, outdoor educators and other recreation pros.

Using the forests, lakes and mountains in our backyard, you’ll get hands-on training in an international capital for outdoor recreation. You’ll develop skills including rock climbing, whitewater rafting, skiing and snowshoeing; recent research projects have included site visits to the Adirondack Park Agency, Wildlife Conservation Society and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

All the while, you’ll build toward an intensive backcountry experience during which you’ll spend more than 40 days in the wild. Along the way, you’ll gain your Wilderness First Responder certification, Lifeguard certification, Leave No Trace training and NYS Guide License.

Internships and apprenticeships at ski areas, guide shops and other locations give you industry connections that often lead to future work.

Program Worksheet:

Associate of Science: Wilderness Recreation Leadership

General Education Courses 

Learning, Adirondack Style

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Required Forms:

Confidentiality Statement

WRL Health Report

WRL Physical

Learning Outcomes

CAREER POSSIBILITIES:  Forest ranger, Wilderness therapy, Outdoor education, Professional guide.Some career paths require additional education or training. APPLY NOW