BS in Adventure Education

A degree in Adventure Education from Plymouth State University will teach you how to use the Great Outdoors to expose children, adults and at-risk populations to challenging adventures, personal growth and self-discovery.

Surrounded by New Hampshire’s rivers, lakes and mountains, you will have the opportunity to explore skills in wilderness expedition, ropes courses, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, and winter camping.

The Adventure Education program focuses on safety, challenge, leadership and professional growth. Through a combination of classroom work, internships and field experiences, Adventure Education students also explore the theories, philosophy, history, ethics, and risk management related to Adventure Education.

Graduates pursue careers in outdoor/adventure leadership, outdoor/adventure education, state and national park outdoor education, therapeutic adventure, environmental education and recreation.

NOLS/PSU Agreement

Earn Adventure Education credits for studying at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). PSU and NOLS have developed a direct credit agreement, which allows students to earn credits toward their major or minor in Adventure Education by taking courses at NOLS. The PSU courses that can be taken at NOLS include:

  • AP 2309, Rock Climbing Fundamentals
  • AP 2409, Canoe Paddling Fundamentals
  • AP 3109, Wilderness Expedition
  • AP 3309, Adventure Leadership and Group Management
  • AP 3319, Lead Rock Climbing
  • AP 3409, Wilderness First Responder
  •  AP 3419, Whitewater Kayaking
  • AP 3709, Winter Backcountry travel
  • AP 3819, Alpine Mountaineering
  • AP 3959, Special Topics in Adventure Education

For more information about our Adventure Education program, contact:

Dr. Christian Bisson
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Adventure Education
Department of Health and Human Performance
Plymouth State University
17 High St., MSC#22
Plymouth, NH 03264
(603) 535-3489

Additional Information

Meet Our Alumni

Jessie Munroe ’14

“Now I am instructing at the EChO (Experiential Challenges Outdoors) program at Spaulding Youth Center (SYC). SYC is a leading provider of high-quality educational, residential, therapeutic, community-based and foster care programs and services for children and youth with neurological, emotional, behavioral, learning or developmental challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorder.”