Idaho State University Outdoor Studies

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Why Idaho State for Outdoor Education?


"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

  - William Butler Yeats

Are you interested in lighting that fire?  Are you interested in going to a college where you can get a great education but also immerse yourself in the outdoors?

You’ll want to check out Idaho State University!

Idaho State University (located in Pocatello, Idaho) is in the epicenter of some of the finest outdoor resources in the country. 

Within an easy drive of the university are: 

  • Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
  • Craters of the Moon
  • City of Rocks
  • Sawtooth Wilderness, River of No Return Wilderness
  • Great multi-day whitewater rivers:  Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Main Salmon and more.
  • World famous powder ski areas Alta, Snowbird, Targhee, Teton Village, Sun Valley 
Even closer, just outside the city limits of Pocatello, are:
  • Dozens of great mountain biking trails
  • Rock climbing 5 minutes from campus
  • A yurt system for overnight stays
  • Lots of hiking on Forest Service lands
  • Pebble Creek Ski Area: just 30 minutes from town
  • Backcountry skiing that’s out of this world

Our Course of Study

"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship."
   - Aeschylus

Among Idaho State’s many different degrees are two programs that in which you might be interested: a major and a minor in outdoor education. 

Outdoor Education Major

The Outdoor Major Is a full degree program preparing you for work in the outdoor education and outdoor recreation fields.  You can choose between a traditional Outdoor Education degree or our new Outdoor Business option.  More Information: Outdoor Major

Outdoor Education Minor

Planning on pursuing a different major but still have an interest in the outdoors? 

Here's an idea.  While working on another major at Idaho State, you can take classes on the side which allow you to obtain an Outdoor Education Minor.  They provide a nice break from your normal course of study - and you're able to hone your outdoor skills and knowledge at the same time. More Information: Minor in Outdoor Education

Whether you are interested in outdoor studies – or just recreating in the outdoors while you go to college – Idaho State University is the place to be!

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