Outdoor Recreation Certificate

Dream of working in and helping others learn and explore in an outdoor setting? This certificate is for you.

Guiding a group of hikers up a mountain. Leading a 20-mile biking expedition. Teaching tourists how to safely enjoy scuba diving. You'll be better prepared to take on these scenarios and more in future careers in outdoor recreation and adventure education with the outdoor recreation certificate. Open to students in any major, this certificate program focuses your learning on theories and trends in outdoor recreation. Plus you'll get to try out a variety of outdoor activities that appeal to your adventurous side!

Student backpacking in the Grand Canyon

Interested in the Outdoor Recreation Certificate?

Contact us directly at:

Department of Health, Recreation & Community Services
WRC 203
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0241

Phone: 319-273-6316
Email: rtnl@uni.edu


Courtney Johnson (MA '25) Outdoor Graduate Assistant

The skills you develop in the classroom (risk management, planning, logistics, grit, and more) can apply to almost any job you come around.

Jula Rees (Psychology major with Outdoor Recreation certificate)

The different foundational classes you take teach you about outdoor recreation and different skill sets.... We learned how to plan and personalize trips.

Student paddling a paddle board on the UNI pond
Outdoor Recreation Certificate


This certificate requires 15 semester hours of coursework and has various elective options to choose from. Below are just a few of the courses you might take while earning your certificate in outdoor recreation.

  • Foundations of Outdoor Recreation
  • Managing Recreation Impacts on the Natural Environment
  • History of Outdoor Recreation
  • Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • Backpacking
  • Canoeing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Winter Skills