Bachelor of Outdoor Education

Choose Outdoor Education at La Trobe

  • Get out of the lecture theatre and into some of Australia's most unique landscapes.
  • Combine environmental experiences such as bushwalking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing and canoeing with naturalist studies – preparing you for a range of careers in outdoor and environmental education and adventure guiding.
  • Complete up to 140 days of outdoor fieldwork, with options including an 18-day bushwalk through Kosciusko National Park or canoeing along the Murray River.
  • Join a close-knit community of students at our Bendigo Campus and major in your choice of outdoor education or nature tourism.

The department of Outdoor and Environmental Education has over 30 years’ experience, making it the largest and longest running program of its kind in Australia.

Our award winning staff are leaders in the field with national and international reputations for their high quality teaching and research.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are highly sought after by a wide range of workplaces.

You could find work as a:

  • national park guide
  • outdoor education officer
  • park ranger
  • tour guide
  • education camp leader.

You could also find yourself working in:

  • community centres
  • adventure tourism
  • national parks
  • land and natural resources management
  • sustainability and ecology community education
  • nature tourism
  • outdoor recreation.

What you'll learn

  • How knowledge is shaped by environments and how the environment in turn is shaped by our thoughts and practices
  • Using safe practices and sound judgement in the outdoors
  • Caring for others and the environment
  • 'Reading' natural landscapes
  • Leading groups in outdoor environments


Your course content will depend on which major you choose. You'll need to select one of the following majors when you enrol:

  • Outdoor Education
  • Educational Nature Tourism

Our students take trips to diverse landscapes such as the Australian Alps, the Murray basin, the Grampians, southwest Tasmania, Broome, and the Whitsunday Islands.

Outdoor Education major

This major leads to careers in outdoor education, adventure guiding, environmental education, sustainability education; and eco-tourism in schools, camps and outdoor travel companies. You'll undertake at least 140 days of practical experience as part of your study.

Educational Nature Tourism major

This major involves the study of natural environments, the practice of nature guiding, environmental interpretation, land management, and outdoor and field naturalist practice. It leads to careers in nature tourism, land management, zoos and education. You'll undertake at least 80 days of practical work plus elective subjects from other disciplines.

Course structure

First year subjects

Semester 1

Semester 2

Ways of Knowing Nature

Worldviews and the Environment

Outdoor Living and Travel Skills

Outdoor Living and Travel Skills

Field Experience A or elective subject

Introduction to Winter Alpine Environments or elective subject

Reading Australian LandscapesOutdoor Environments

Get more detail on the subjects you can choose in our handbook. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

Scholarships and financial support

You might also be eligible for other scholarships from La Trobe, external scholarships or financial support from La Trobe.

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