Outdoor Adventure Leadership students backpack in high dessert terrain
Learn to lead
in the outdoor laboratory of the majestic Sierra Nevada

Outdoor Adventure Leadership

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership

and choose from Art | Creative Writing | Digital Arts | English | Entrepreneurship | Environmental Science | Journalism | Psychology | Ski Business & Resort Management |

This is NOT your ordinary college major.

Discover the best outdoor adventure leadership major – at the best outdoor college.

Outdoor

Experience the excitement and variety of the natural world, at one of the best outdoor colleges – and in one of the most spectacular places – on the continent.

Adventure

Navigate snow-covered terrain, cook a gourmet backcountry meal, debate land ethics, climb a granite wall, guide a raft through a river gorge, relocate a dislocated shoulder – and “leave no trace”.

Leadership

Grit. Perseverance. Resourcefulness. These are the skills you will hone in the wild, and rely on for the rest of your life!



Make a difference

Get a broader perspective. Integrate your field experience, academic studies, and leadership skills with a community project in your service learning and senior portfolio classes.
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Explore innovative ideas to make a concrete contribution. SNC’s location as one of the best outdoor colleges provides plenty of opportunities.

Gain professional experience working with non-profits, building your own business plans, organizing events, developing curriculum, teaching, and finding your own solutions.

Our Students Say It Best . . .

. . . Follow Their Adventures!

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Jason Paladino, Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Journalism major, has picture taken outside

Jason Paladino

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Journalism

Class of 2012

While still in grad school at the the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Jason Paladino began an in-depth investigation into safety issues on U.S. Navy aircraft which led to a prestigious Investigative Reporting Program fellowship, three NBC Nightly News broadcasts (Feb 3 2015, Oct 5 2015, and Oct 9 2015), and a piece on the IRE (Investigative Reporters & Editors) Radio Podcast. . . . Read More

Isaac Laredo

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Environmental Science

Class of 2018

On my first rock climbing trip, the height and my own inexperience made me very nervous - but the same gut feeling that comes from being out of your comfort zone represents growth! . . . Read More


Ask A Question

See the GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS > page for specific major course requirements.
A Minor in Outdoor Adventure Leadership is also available through Interdisciplinary Studies. Consult your advisor.

Rosie Hackett
Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program Director
rhackett@sierranevada.edu
775-831-1314 x7499

Katherine Zanto
Interdisciplinary Studies Program Chair
kzanto@sierranevada.edu
775-881-7529

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Our Partners

SNC Tahoe's Outdoor Adventure Leadership program partners with NOLS for their Wilderness Medicine certification, logoSNC Tahoe's Outdoor Adventure Leadership program partners with Leave No Trace, logoSNC Tahoe's Outdoor Adventure Leadership program partners with The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, logoSNC Tahoe's Outdoor Adventure Leadership program partners with the Association for Experiential Education, logoSNC Tahoe's Outdoor Adventure Leadership program partners with the Colorado Outward Bound School, logo

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