Outdoor Recreation Management

Outdoor recreation management students at D&E have an opportunity to learn more than traditional recreation skills such as climbing, winter activities and whitewater sports.

The Bachelor of Science degree in outdoor recreation management from D&E offers courses that are structured to include an entrepreneurial focus. Graduates gain experience in their chosen field of outdoor recreation management and have the business skill sets necessary to successfully implement and/or manage a public agency, non-profit organization or their own business.

Students may choose from two areas of concentration — professional outdoor recreation management and adaptive recreation management.

Career Outlook

The career paths for graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in outdoor recreation management are as varied as the outdoor activities available in the area. Each path provides an exciting and viable way to satisfy students’ career goals.

Students may go on to management careers at clubs, commercial recreation areas, outdoor centers or own a recreation-focused business. They also may choose as career as an adaptive recreation specialist at rehabilitation centers, veterans hospitals or senior centers.

Leading the Way.


The Mountain Highlands of West Virginia provide students with more than one million acres of National Forest lands and hundreds of miles of rivers and streams to explore.

With 10 state parks and three state forests nearby, students at Davis & Elkins College can go hiking, kayaking, climbing, skiing, biking, caving and much more, right in our backyard! In addition to nature’s playground, there are several resorts and outdoor adventure centers a short distance from campus.

Outdoor recreation courses have been held at the following locations:

  • Blackwater Outdoor Adventures
  • Canaan Valley Resort
  • Cheat River
  • Dolly Sods Wilderness
  • Monongahela National Forest
  • Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center
  • Otter Creek Wilderness
  • Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area
  • Shavers Fork of the Cheat River
  • Timberline Four Seasons Resort
  • Tygart Valley River
  • White Grass Ski Touring Center
Students rafting
Student's enjoying outdoor activities

Lead the Way at D&E. Contact us today.