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Outdoor Education

The Outdoor Education minor enhances and compliments many major disciplines at Longwood.

Students with majors in Therapeutic Recreation, Biology, Communications, Education, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Art, Sociology, Physical Education, Exercise Science, Anthropology, and Business have all benefited from the minor in Outdoor Education.

The experiential nature of the course offerings provide the student with leadership development and skill development in a variety of adventure activities and settings. Through direct experiences, students learn the necessary components to becoming a successful outdoor leader and educator.

The knowledge and experience gained in and outside the classroom, enhances the students appreciation and protection of the natural environment. Credentials in Leave No Trace Training, Wilderness First Aid and CPR are obtained.

For more information regarding the Outdoor Education Minor, contact Rená Koesler: koeslerra@longwood.edu or 434.395.2550



Career Opportunities

Acquiring a minor in Outdoor Education will afford students the necessary skills and knowledge in the following fields:

  • Year Round Residential Camp Program
  • Wilderness Therapy Program
  • Adventure Travel Company
  • Wilderness Education Programs (e.g., National Outdoor Leadership School, Outward Bound, Wilderness Education Association, etc.) Entrepreneur of Outdoor/Adventure Company or Program Retail Business (e.g, LL Bean, REI, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, Eastern Mountain Sports, Campmor, etc.)
  • Environmental Education (e.g., Nature Centers, 4-H programs, Schools, National Parks) Outfitter or Guide Service (rock climbing, fishing, white water rafting, mountaineering, canoeing/kayaking) National Park Service (e.g., interpreter) United States Forest Service Back country Ranger, Eco Tourism and Travel Companies


Rená Koesler, B.S., Western Illinois, M.Ag., Texas A&M University, Ph.D., Michigan State University

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Dr. Koesler's Website