Find Yourself Out There

OSU-Cascades is a leader in outdoor adventure and tourism education.

About the Degree

In the tourism, recreation and adventure leadership program, we develop leaders, facilitators, and managers of outdoor adventure, recreation and tourism experiences who have internationally-recognized knowledge and skills. We'll teach you to be an effective decision-maker and to provide safe experiences in complex and dynamic environments.

The TRAL program at OSU-Cascades is a leader in outdoor adventure and tourism education. We are known for a quality, challenging, academically rigorous, and applicable four-year degree program that helps students gain competency in the outdoor adventure, recreation and tourism sectors. We attract high-quality students from local, regional, national, and international locations, based on our reputation as a leading program in the West. Our students embrace the challenge of sustainability in all that they do.

Our Extended Classroom is Bend, Oregon

Bend is the perfect place to study tourism, recreation and adventure leadership. Many TRAL courses include field components, from half-day field trips to multi-week outings. Complement your program with participation in Cascades Adventures, our student-led outdoor trips program. You are minutes from:

  • Downhill skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor
  • Backcountry and cross-country skiing at an extensive sno-park system
  • Rock climbing at world famous Smith Rock State Park
  • Mountain biking and road biking that is rated as some of the best in the nation
  • Fly-fishing on some of the most pristine rivers in the lower 48
  • Kayaking and white-water rafting on world class rivers

Options of Study

Students earn a bachelor of science degree from OSU in tourism recreation, adventure leadership with one of the following options:

Adventure Leadership Education (ALE)

Choose this option if you love to learn, study and work outside. Rivers, mountains and trails will be your classroom as you learn how to educate others about the outdoors and guide them through life-changing outdoor experiences. After graduating, you'll be prepared to work as a guide, interpreter or start your own outdoor-focused business.

Nature, Eco and Adventure Tourism (NEAT)

Learn how to use business and natural resources skills to operate tourism companies specializing in creating outdoor experiences for members of the public.

Student Spotlight
Listen to Your Own Soundtrack

What should you major in? “Listen to your passion. Go do what you love.” That’s the advice of junior and student leader Gabe McFarlane. Gabe’s passion for sharing the outdoors is unstoppable. He switched majors from a computer science major to tourism, recreation and adventure leadership. Gabe coached and led our first rock climbing sport team into competition this year.

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Go International


The TRAL program partners with the United World College of Southeast Asia (UWCSEA) in Singapore to provide research and internship opportunities for TRAL students.

UWCSEA is participating in a seven-year study to evaluate the outdoor education program's impact on overall student learning and development. The study is being conducted by Dr. Michael Gassner and Dr. Christopher Wolsko, faculty researchers at OSU-Cascades. Read Dr. Gassner’s initial reflections on the study, and what Gassner and Wolsko wrote about the impact of outdoor experiences on overall human health and well-being.

Sample Courses

 Sustainable Communities
Nature, Eco, and Adventure Tourism
Endangered Species
 Design Management of Outdoor Experience
History of Outdoor Adventure
Risk Management
Outdoor Living Skills and Lab
Expedition I & II
Intermediate Rock Climbing
Intro to Whitewater Kayaking
Manage Individual & Team Performance

Contact Us

Future students should connect with an admissions advisor for admission and program questions.

1500 SW Chandler Avenue
Bend, OR  97702
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Phone: 541-322-3119