2 Years - 4 Semesters
Ontario College Diploma
Campus: Sault Ste. Marie
Start Dates: Sep 2021, Jan 2022

Overview

Update:

We’re preparing for Fall 2021 with a variety of program delivery methods. Learn more at www.saultcollege.ca/fall

Do you love outdoor adventure? Among the largest freshwater lakes in the world, the Canadian Shield, and diverse forests are some of the wildest parks in Ontario. They’re all within a short drive of Sault College. And they’re calling out for you.

Welcome to the Adventure Recreation and Parks Technician program.

Unique to Canada, this two-year program concentrates on three main areas of study: parks operations, interpretation and protection; adventure recreation and recreation planning; and, ecotourism and adventure expeditions. All while keeping a broad focus on natural resource management and sustainability.

Field trips and hands-on experience are an essential part of this program. You’ll visit many park systems, conservation areas and recreational facilities across the vast Algoma region where you’ll learn field identification skills across diverse ecosystems.

And during fall camp, you’ll be exposed to awesome outdoor recreation skills like canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, and camping.

Become extra-hireable in a career you love. The Adventure Recreation and Parks Technician program offers opportunities to gain provincially or nationally recognized certifications in:

  • Chainsaw operator safety
  • Heritage interpreter certification
  • Wilderness survival
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Nordic and alpine skiing
  • Rock and ice climbing
  • Scuba diving

Adventure to the real you starts here.

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Male Adventure Recreation instructor teaches safety on a kayak.
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Male student rides an all terrain vehicle through snow and mud.
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female student smiles for camera while rock climbing.
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Female student smiles for camera while rock climbing.
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Male Adventure Recreation student examines his mountain bike
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Male Adventure Recreation instructor teaches safety on a kayak.
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Adventure Recreation class posses for a photo.
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Male student rides an all terrain vehicle through snow and mud.
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female student smiles for camera while rock climbing.
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Female student smiles for camera while rock climbing.
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Male Adventure Recreation student examines his mountain bike

Pathway Options

In partnership with Algoma University, earn a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with our amazing 2 plus 2 pathway opportunity.

Courses

NRT211 - 3 Protecting Park Values
NRT225 - 4 Wilderness Survival Skills
NRT231 - 3 Planning Recreational Events
NRT233 - 3 Adventure Ecotourism
NRT240 - 2 Natural Resources Law
NRT242 - 2 Natural Environment Business Management
NRT235 - 2 Sustainable Resource Management
GEN110 - 3 Student Selected General Education
Note: *This student-selected general education course code indicates a general-education course is taken in this semester. Students will choose from a selection of courses  (details)  prior to the semester in which the student-selected general education course is to be taken.

Requirements & Program Information

Ontario Secondary School diploma with Grade 12 English (C) ENG4C or mature student status.

Career Path

Graduates of the program are trained to work in the public and private sectors, including Parks Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, conservation authorities, municipal parks departments, and private park owners. Examples of employment found within these park agencies include Park Warden, Park Interpreter, Resource Technician, and Park Superintendent.

In the Adventure Recreation field opportunities include employment prospects with adventure travel and ecotourism companies, either as a guide or business owner. Graduates may become recreational instructors at outdoor centres and children`s camps, teaching a variety of skills such as canoeing and kayaking. Opportunities as snowboard/ski instructors in winter or wilderness outfitters and/or retailers may also be available.

Fees & Costs

DomesticInternational
TuitionAncillaryTuitionAncillary
$2,975.80$1,582.00$15,463.10$2,042.00

These fees are for the 2021-2022 academic year (year 1 of study), and are subject to change. Please visit your Student Portal to view your Schedule of Fees.

Contact

This is a co-operative education program. Students are required to complete at least one co-op work placement (CWF100) in order to graduate. Work placement and career development skills are taught as one module in the Natural Resources Career Management course in Semester Two.

Program Coordinator: Brian Anstess, (705) 759-2554 ext 2461, brian.anstess@saultcollege.ca 

Program Coordinator: Ryan Namespetra, (705) 759-2554 ext 2853, ryan.namespetra@saultcollege.ca

September and January intakes are available for this program. Please contact the Registrar`s Office for further information.

This is a Co-operative Education Program.

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