Do you love exploring the outdoors? The Outdoor Leadership concentration can help you gain career skills at the same time! Learn the values of diversity, inclusion, healthy lifestyle habits, and sustainability. You will become a future leader skilled in outdoor education and experiential learning. Gain skills in the design, facilitation, and evaluation of programs through your own experiences in the concentration. These skills aren’t limited to the field of Outdoor Recreation. The program helps graduates compete for leadership positions in their majors and careers beyond the outdoors!
All students can benefit from the Outdoor Leadership concentration. The outdoor fieldwork combines teaching applications with scientific study. This provides practical experience for those majoring in Business Management, Biology, Psychology, and Education. Most of all, the concentration fosters a learning environment for students who love the outdoors. It equips students with lifelong skills to enjoy the outdoors safely, and they get the means to pass on that enjoyment to others.
Director of Outdoor Education and Recreation Austin Smith, Assistant Director of Outdoor Education and Recreation Carson Grant
A majority of LEAP events take place on the Lyon College campus. Lyon is home to a bouldering wall, 18-hole disc golf course, a hiking and biking trail totaling approximately 5 miles, and a ropes course including both low and high elements. LEAP offers free outdoor rental equipment for all manners of outdoor recreation.
“I absolutely love the opportunities to get out and really explore not only Arkansas but also other parts of the country through LEAP. My favorite experience was the Arkansas Regional Adventure Program. I got to meet so many new people who enjoy the same things that I do and compete in a Dutch oven competition!”
-Lillian Osier, ’21, of Vilonia, Arkansas, is majoring in art with a concentration in outdoor leadership.
The program prepares students to work in community parks and recreation, outdoor education/teaching, college campus recreation, military, health wellness, commercial trade and adventure, research, or even play therapy and therapeutic recreation in care and senior living facilities.
Camp Director- $34,000
Adjunct Professor- $34,000
Marketing Coordinator- $37,000
Computer Aided Design Technician- $43,000
Teacher Aide- $26,000
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