The tourism, recreation and adventure leadership program is unique

We developed the tourism, recreation and adventure leadership (TRAL) program to provide the outdoor leadership, business, communication and other skills necessary for success in the tourism, recreation and leadership sectors.

(Note: The degree program changed from tourism and outdoor leadership to tourism, recreation and adventure leadership in spring 2017)

Our extended classroom is some of mother nature's best work

Bend, Oregon, is the perfect home for a program in tourism, recreation and adventure leadership. There is no better place to live and learn, nestled beneath the spectacular snowcapped Cascade Mountains and surrounded by world-renowned, year-round recreation and tourism opportunities. It is not the rainy Oregon, but a dry and sunny Oregon that you will live in and love.

Get out there

Many TRAL courses include field components, from half-day field trips to multi-week outings. Students complement their TRAL program with participation in Cascades Adventures. And, of course, students spend a lot of their free time recreating. 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

What you'll learn

The bachelor of science in tourism, recreation and adventure leadership explores the importance of tourism and recreation in natural settings for community development, human health and quality of life, and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Students will learn about management practices and public preferences to address contemporary tourism, recreation and adventure leadership opportunities, and issues in natural settings. Studies include decision making within applicable laws and across cultural contexts, as well as communication to a variety of audiences, and successful supervision of employees and volunteers.

The TRAL program covers best practices for planning, developing, and managing recreation resources in natural settings. Students learn to evaluate and integrate experiential, economic, biophysical, and social concepts. They study interaction across natural resources and the consequences of development, management, and marketing decisions.

Completion of an approved option is required for the tourism, recreation and adventure leadership degree. Declaration of the option must be done by the end of the sophomore year, or at least six (6) terms prior to graduation. Courses for an option are in addition to the core curriculum.

Options of study

The following two options are available to OSU-Cascades students majoring in TRAL:

Adventure Leadership Education
Nature, Eco and Adventure Tourism

You'll learn the technical and group leadership skills needed to be an outdoor guide or trip leader. You'll also learn the concepts, theory, and business skills needed to move beyond guiding and into management or creation of your own business.

A vital feature of this program is your internship, which you spend working for a company or agency in the field of tourism, recreation or adventure leadership.

Joining the TRAL program - new and transfer students

The TRAL program is suited to all types of students:

  • Traditional students who are completing high school and will enter as freshmen
  • Transfer students from other college or university programs, including COCC and the OSU main campus
  • Non-students who want to take specific classes to improve their skills or for general interest (see below)

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