Outdoor Recreation Learning Community

The Outdoor Recreation Residential Learning Community is open to students in any major with a preference to those students majoring in Parks & Recreation Management.

Join this Learning Community if you want to: 

  • learn about the concepts of "Leave No Trace" outdoor ethics
  • learn about the natural/cultural history of the Coconino Plateau
  • participate in a handful of low-impact, low risk outdoor recreational offerings (e.g. day hikes to the surrounding areas) 

Priority enrollment

Seats in certain high-demand classes will be reserved for freshman in Learning Communities. Your adviser will help you enroll in these courses. Visit Priority Enrollment to find out more about enrollment and advising.

Seats will be reserved in:

Fall semester:

  • FYS 141  Adventure & Wild Lands - The purpose of this Seminar is to investigate adventure and the landscape of adventure. The Seminar will begin with an overview of adventure and the people who have ventured out on the edge and then will move into the areas where adventure occurs with an emphasis on the United States. The Seminar will include a variety of educational activities: lecture, discussion, classroom activities, and required field experiences.NOTE:  There are required field trips off campus. Please contact the professor for more information. 

  • FYS 121  Citizen Science and Advocacy - Citizen science is the practice of skill building that employs the non-expert citizen to track and document important data from the natural world. A collaboration between Northern Arizona University Action Learning Teams (ALTs) and the Grand Canyon Trust. This joint collaborative seeks to provide a highly engaging and effective learning experience for students in a First Year Seminar Action Learning Teams class at Northern Arizona University while also seeking to address the needs of an environmental advocacy organization, the Grand Canyon Trust for: 1. On-the-ground volunteers; 2. Training and inspiring the next generations' environmental leaders; 3. A deeper understanding of experiences that lead towards the development of environmental advocates. 

    Course fee required. 


In order to balance the needs of the community, small-scale programs for the group (like faculty dinners, the on-campus Challenge Course, informal advising programs) will be offered that will have minimal or no fees associated with them.

Students interested in participating in large-scale outdoor programs coordinated through NAU Outdoors with the assistance of the mentor may incur additional expenses (e.g. equipment rental, transportation, trained staff).