Outdoor Recreation and Leadership Minor

“Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher”
– William Wordsworth


Exciting Career in Outdoor Recreation!

Eastern Oregon University is excited to offer a minor in Outdoor Recreation and Leadership! Prepare yourself for a fulfilling career in the growing field of outdoor recreation management.


This minor is for you!

Do you see yourself as a mountain guide, parks and recreation program manager, Forest Service recreation specialist, outfitter, youth camp leader, wilderness therapist, or business owner to name a few? The Outdoor Recreation and Leadership minor combined with an EOU major in Business Administration, Sociology, Biology, Integrated Studies, Psychology, or Health and Human Performance can be your ticket to an exciting career in outdoor recreation.


This minor enhanced my education by equipping me with the skills necessary to navigate the outdoors while also providing me an outlet to participate in activities that challenged both my body and mind. Choose the outdoor recreation minor and create your own adventure!

EOU Graduate – Taylor Smith

Eastern Oregon is a recreation wonderland.

If you are looking for a school that integrates high-quality programs, small class sizes, affordability, and tremendous outdoor recreation amenities – then EOU is the school for you. Here are just a few of the countless recreational jewels that surround campus:

  • The Eagle Cap Wilderness Area – largest designated wilderness area in Oregon.
  • Hells Canyon – deepest gorge in North America.
  • Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort – highest base elevation of any ski area in the state.
  • Numerous world-class whitewater and “Wild and Scenic” rivers.
  • Close proximity to hundreds of miles of mountain bike and hiking trails.
  • Stellar local rock climbing crags with hundreds of sport and trad routes.

Phenomenal Biking

World-Class Rivers

Incredible Backcountry


Program Offerings:

Outdoor Recreation (OUT) Classes (6 credits)

Backpacking, Fly Fishing, Horsemanship, Archery, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Mountaineering, Snowboarding, Backcountry Skiing, Avalanche Safety, Wilderness Survival, Whitewater Rafting, Animal Tracking, Mountain Biking, Yoga, and more.

Lower Division (9 credits)

CH198 Outdoor Activities For Lifetime Wellness – OUT201 Intro To Recreation Management – COMM211 Small Group Communication

Upper Division (15 credits)

EXS333 Environmental Physiology and Nutrition – OUT409 Internship in Outdoor Recreation – OUT352 Wilderness First Responder – BA321 Principles of Management – BA462 Leaders and Leadership Process


For More Information

Contact Michael Hatch, Outdoor Adventure Program Director at mhatch@eou.edu or call 541-962-3621.