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Adventure Recreation (AAS)

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Do you enjoy outdoor adventures? Then the Adventure Recreation program is perfect for you. The first degree of its kind in the SUNY system, this program is designed to incorporate all of the programming skills necessary to develop and operate a challenging and inviting adventure program. Experience adventure activities while gaining leadership expertise. Courses are designed to provide you with a working encyclopedia of skills as you become an adventure educator. While earning your degree, you will complete the educational requirements to become certified as a Recreational Associate with the National Recreation and Park Association.


Admission Requirements
  • HS Average: 70
  • Algebra Regents: 70
  • Biology Regents: 70
  • Transfer GPA: 2.0


Career Options

Graduates have the option of working at a variety of venues such as parks, resorts, schools, corporations, and more.

  • Adventure Educator/Facilitator
  • Activity Instructor/Director
  • Park Manager
  • Recreation Leader
  • Campground Manager
  • Fitness/Sports Center Director
  • Social Director
  • Outdoor Educator
  • Recreation Therapy Aide

Students can also continue their education and transfer to a bachelor's degree program in recreation.


What have students worked on?

  • Construction and installation of low-ropes course elements for Margaretville Central School
  • Trail and construction projects at the SUNY Delhi Outdoor Education Center
  • Adirondack tea bench construction
  • Environmental restoration projects
  • Design and construction of a trail system for the proposed Catskill Water Discovery Center
  • Design and development of outdoor programming for the Delaware County ARC including: snowshoeing, maple sugaring, wilderness survival skills, aquatic ecology, hiking, and orienteering
  • Development and implementation of a community maple sugaring day at the Outdoor Education Center



What will I study?

From a weekend backpacking excursion to a high-ropes course, you will experience a wide variety of adventure activities firsthand. Courses include activities such as backpacking, camping, kayaking, white water rafting, snowshoeing, ski touring, rock climbing, more. Additionally, you will learn program planning, tourism, public speaking, and leadership skills. From these experiences you will develop a working encyclopedia of the tools necessary for success in the field.

This program also provides a summer internship opportunity in which students maintain and operate the SUNY Delhi Outdoor Education Center and work with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection in streamside restoration projects throughout the Catskills. 

Why Adventure Recreation at Delhi?

  • Hands-on experience in real-life situations with community and regional partners
  • Talented faculty who are experts in their field
  • On-campus facilities such as the SUNY Delhi Outdoor Education Center 
  • Field projects as class work that assist the community
  • Small class sizes (usually limited to 12-24 students) allow for more teacher/student interaction and a better learning environment
  • Many opportunities to work with others and create environmental awareness
  • New experiences: Through the use of hands-on learning as well as field trips, guest lecturers, and club outings, students are exposed to a variety of new experiences on many levels.


Program Details



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Last Updated: 12/3/13