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.

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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.


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”.


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

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Instagram post 2238045562945854689_1691049154 SNU students enjoying the backcountry on the AIARE 1 course!!! 🏔 Earning those turns! 🦅 Have you been in the backcountry this season... if not. GET OUT THERE! And!! Pray!!! for!!! snow!!!
Instagram post 2149802224423872052_1691049154 Rocktober has begun..time to climb! Throwback to laughs at the crag during the ODAL 101 rock climbing trip last year 🦅
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Instagram post 2143822123788171456_1691049154 ODAL instructor Daryl Teittinen enjoys some early snowfall on the ODAL 101 backpacking course! ❄️ Who is stoked for winter!?!?! 🏔
Instagram post 2139408145657986841_1691049154 We have some pretty incredible people in our tribe 🦅 Don’t forget to tag us in your adventures!!
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Make a difference

Get a broader perspective. Integrate your field experience, academic studies, and leadership skills with a community service project in your Interdisciplinary Studies service learning and senior portfolio classes.

Explore innovative ideas to make a concrete contribution. SNU’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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Savannah Hoover

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Journalism

Class of 2013

Savannah Hoover is currently pursuing her juris doctor and MBA degrees at the University of New Mexico, concentrating on Natural Resources and Environmental Law. She . . . 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

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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
775-831-1314 x7499

Katherine Zanto
Interdisciplinary Studies Program Chair

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Our Partners

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

Sierra Nevada University's Interdisciplinary Studies program offers majors in
Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Sustainability, Digital Arts & Business, Journalism & Media,
Psychology & Art or Music, and International Studies & Humanities