About

Located at the Bendigo campus, we provide more Outdoor and Environmental Education courses than any university world wide, and more outdoor professional courses than any university in Australia.

By studying with us, you'll be prepared to take on a rewarding career in areas like nature tourism, sustainability, natural resources and outdoor education.


Experience Outdoor and Environmental Education - Spring Programme

25th - 29th September 2017

Love the outdoors? Join us for the experience of a lifetime!

Experience what it's like to be an Outdoor and Environmental Education student at La Trobe University through our September School Holiday Programme. This 5-day programme is available to current Year 10, 11 or 12 students. Experience the outdoors and natural environments by choosing either climbing and bushwalking or paddling and bushwalking over several days and nights.

Meet current university students and other secondary students from regional Victoria. You can select from two camps: either canoeing on the Murray River or, bushwalking and climbing at Kooyoora State Park. The programme runs for 5 days in the September school holidays. The cost per student is $100 and includes food and most equipment. The trips will begin and end in Bendigo at La Trobe University campus.

For further information and to apply view the brochure [PDF 696KB] and complete an Expression of Interest form.


Study what you love

We give you the flexibility to specialise in areas that fit your interests and career goals. You'll get the chance to try out everything from rock-climbing, canoeing, cross-country skiing and white water rafting.

You can focus on areas like natural history, sustainability education and natural resources whilst learning about the environment and enhance your understanding of people, place and culture.

Meet some of our students and graduates and read about their outdoor experiences.

Practical experience in breathtaking landscapes

Our courses balance environmental knowledge with real-world practical experiences and give you the opportunity to learn in some of Australia's most unique landscapes – the Australian Alps, the Murray River, Port-Phillip Bay, the South-West Tasmanian wilderness, and the Whitsunday Islands.

See our students exploring these environments in a series of short films on Vimeo:

Want to find out more about common career pathways and study options? Contact us today.

Meet some of our students and graduates and read about their experience at La Trobe.

Meet some our undergraduate students and read about their experience at La Trobe.

Having spent his formative years volunteering, Rod has secured a plum post at the United Nations.

Rod Abson,
Bachelor of Arts (Nature and Tourism)


My name is Timothy and my aim in life is to teach health and physical education.

Timothy Arnold,
Bachelor of Physical and Health Education


High profile environmentalist and guest curator for our 2015 Alumni exhibition, Exhibit D.

Tricia Caswell,



Don’t be afraid to take a chance! The open day I attended was such a valuable experience.

Mr Jason Cavallaro,
Bachelor of Education


Brady Childs Naure Tourism graduate

My course has given me the skills and experience needed to become a Wildlife Compliance officer.

Mr Brady Childs,
Bachelor of Arts (Nature Tourism)


The facilities are endless and I have built friendships that will last a life time while studying.

Ms Anastasia Cullen,



Image of graduate Gabrielle Darroch

My degree and study allows me to do what I love, work in the outdoors with kids and travel.

Ms Gabrielle Darroch,
BA (Outdoor Education)
Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

The decision to do a Bachelor of Education at La Trobe was easily the best I have ever made.

Ms Aleesha Davis,
Bachelor of Education


The fun learning environment is what makes La Trobe great.

Ms Alice Dawson,



I enjoy being a mentor for younger students, which allows me to get the best out of them.

Mr David De Angelis,
Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)


Image of Katherine Dyson

I loved the idea of studying outdoor environments and being able to experience what I was learning.

Ms Katherine Dyson,
Bachelor of Arts (Nature Tourism)
Graduate Diploma in Education

La Trobe University has a real community feel to it.

Mr Ben Farbus,



Robyn Fox

Studying Outdoor Education allowed me to follow my dream of working in the outdoors, a passion of mine.

Ms Robyn Fox,
Bachelor of Arts (Outdoor Education)
Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

Hi, my name is Jordie French and this is my second year as a student ambassador at La Trobe.

Jordie French,
Bachelor of Physical and Outdoor Education


Vernon Hardie

Study gave me the confidence to branch out in a variety of different fields.

Mr Vernon Hardie,
BA (Nature Tourism)
Grad Dip Education (Secondary)

Image of Ross Hopkins

The sense of community is what made the course so powerful.

Mr Ross Hopkins,
Bachelor of Arts (Outdoor Education)
Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

I'm a pre-service teacher who also aspires to write and illustrate children’s books in the future.

Andrea Lagana,



Melissa Lavender

The best thing about La Trobe is the people. There's always someone there to help you.

Ms Melissa Lavender,
Bachelor of Education
Bachelor of Arts

Chantelle Lynch

I have only fond memories of La Trobe. I hope to maintain these connections for many years to come

Ms Chantelle Lynch,
Bachelor of Education


From a young age, Tim loved sport.

Mr Timothy Matthews,
Bachelor of Outdoor Education


World-record breaker and advocate for the disabled.

Tim Matthews, OAM
BA Outdoor Education


Leading educator and NAIDOC Person of the Year award recipient

Dennis Mitchell,
Bachelor of Teaching
Bachelor of Education

Tanya Molina, Mildura student

La Trobe is a great place to study and meet new people. Everyone is friendly and helpful.

Ms Tanya Molina,
Bachelor of Education


I have made lifelong friendships here at La Trobe.

Ms Jessica O'Hara,



From the very beginning you feel embraced and part of a new family.

Theodora Papadakis,



Stacey Pascoe

The university values the students and wants them to succeed. That is what makes the La Trobe difference.

Ms Stacey Pascoe,
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)


Image of Sarah Stanaway

I had heard great things about the Outdoor Education (Nature Tourism) degree from past students.

Ms Sarah Stanaway,
Bachelor of Outdoor Education (Nature Tourism)
BA Nature Tourism Honours

I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and love every minute of it.

Chris Uniake,



Patrick van Dyk

I decided I wanted to teach physical and outdoor education in secondary schools. I love my job.

Mr Patrick van Dyk,
Bachelor of Physical and Outdoor Education


La Trobe University is a great community to be involved with.

Ms Kaytlyn Wilton,