Outdoor Adventure Leadership

KHS Minor

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This minor will prepare students to step into entry level positions in a variety of outdoor recreation settings, whether it is working as a river guide in Moab, managing a climbing expedition company in Jackson Hole, or teaching skiing in Park City. Students will receive hands on experience leading and guiding individuals and groups in numerous outdoor settings (i.e., mountains, rivers, lakes, deserts, etc.).


From Cache Valley to St. George, from Vernal to the middle of the Great Salt Lake, outdoor and adventure recreation is an economic driver across the state of Utah. The outdoor recreation industry accounts for 110,000 jobs and $12.3 billion in consumer spending in the state of Utah alone. Nearly three in four Utah residents participate in some form of outdoor recreation each year. (Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, Utah Mining Association, 2017).


More than 60% of the land in Utah is public land available for a wide variety of recreation and adventure opportunities. With five national parks, six National Forests, more than 229 million acres of BLM, 8 National Monuments, 43 State Parks, 14 ski resorts, and countless private companies, there is no better state in the country for outdoor adventures. The agencies and industries listed above are constantly seeking to hire qualified and appropriately certified seasonal and year around employees.

Admission Requirements

New freshmen, transfer students, and students from other USU majors who have at least a 2.5 overall GPA qualify to enter the Parks and Recreation minor.

Program Requirements

The Outdoor Adventure Leadership Minor requires a minimum of 15 credits.

There may be additional program requirements that students need to complete on a case-by-case basis. Meet with your advisor to discuss program requirements and your progress towards graduation. For more information about this program visit USU Catalog.

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Graduation Requirements

All graduates, regardless of the type of degree, must satisfy University Studies general education and depth education requirements.

Additional Graduation Requirements:

  • A grade of C or better in all RAM courses.

Contact Information

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Alice Kenley

Academic Advisor

Kinesiology and Health Science

Phone: 435-797-0837
Office Location: HPER 122F
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Program Director

Jesse Jones

Jesse Jones

Professional Practice Assistant Professor

Kinesiology and Health Science

Phone: 435-797-0669
Office Location: HPER 148