Enrich your college experience through outdoor adventure and education programs.
Ozarks Outdoors offers a variety of programs that encourage student development through outdoor recreation, education, and technical training.
The outdoor recreational programs combine outdoor and environmental experiences offered throughout academics and student life. Since University of the Ozarks is an hour's drive from 5 Arkansas State Parks, 7 Wildlife Management Areas, and the nation's first Wild & Scenic River, we are able to offer rich outdoors experiences. Throughout the school year, we invite students to sign up and participate in local trips that incorporate hiking, camping, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, and mountain biking.
At Ozarks you can earn a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education, Environmental Studies or in Biology with an Ecology and Wildlife Biology Track. Core courses in these majors focus on the outdoors and the environment, such as God & Nature, Literature & the Environment, and Case Studies in Green Marketing. Field based courses like Land Use & Place create a valuable, hands-on learning experience for students. In pursuit of your degree, you have the opportunity to participate in research like the NASA Arkansas Space Grant project comparing microbial and biochemical effects of development on the White and Buffalo Rivers. For your internship, Ozarks Outdoors seeks and posts positions available at organizations in outdoor and environmental fields.
Northwest Arkansas hosts an outdoor classroom of independence, self-reliance, and discipline. Ozarks Outdoors contains sources of knowledge and training in technical outdoor skills consistent with national outdoor recreational and environmental standards. Our educational clinics build technical skills like fire building, orienteering, knot tying, and survival techniques. Ozarks collaborates with our community organizations, such as Johnson County Emergency Management, the USDA Forest Service, National Association of Search and Rescue, and Ozark Safety and Rescue Educators to provide advanced training such as the Wilderness First Responder, Swift Water Rescue, Single Pitch Climbing Instructor, and Fundamentals of Search and Rescue.