Associate of Applied Science
60 credits | $250 per credit*
Financial Aid Available
Transfer Friendly | 2-Week Terms
Are you passionate about outdoor adventures? Do you want to turn your passion into a career, while enhancing your community? Would you enjoy instructing others in outdoor activities? If so, the Outdoor Recreation program can help you meet your goals!
The Outdoor Recreation program explores the skills needed to work in outdoor programs and build engaging events in recreational settings. Outdoor recreation is all around us in Maine, adding to the quality of life for residents and serving as the state’s primary form of tourism. This program will prepare learners to help individuals of all ages and interests enjoy Maine’s stunning outdoors. The curriculum incorporates topics such as environmental studies and ethics with business, recreation, and tourism into the curriculum.
* Cost per credit and number of credits may change.
Prepares graduates for positions in outdoor programs and industries, parks, community-based and private recreational settings such as tourism destinations, youth and senior programs, or after-school programs.
- Municipal Park and Recreation Staff
- After-school Program Staff
- Excursion Guide
- Resort Recreation Director
- Recreation Retail Management
- Ski Mountain Resort Staff
- Outdoor Industry Business Owner
- Commercial Tourism staff
What You Will Learn
- Operational strategies for planning, executing, and evaluating a recreational event or program.
- Skills for event planning, marketing, and promotion.
- How to help everyone enjoy the outdoors.
- Basics of supervision including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and evaluating.
- Safety guidelines and procedures associated with recreational services.
The Technical Institute for Environmental Professions is a Sustainable Educational Business Unit of Unity Environmental University which is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). In addition, the Veterinary Technology program is seeking programmatic accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA-CVTEA).
We have identified the best features of in-person and virtual learning, brought them together, and created an innovative and flexible education designed for the modern learner. All courses run on a two-week term calendar where learners take one course at a time. Each class meets in person regularly with day, weekend, and evening options available. In addition, courses leverage HyFlex instruction to enhance classroom learning. Using this flexible approach, learners leverage tools such as discussion boards, academic support resources, videos, and project-based assignments to demonstrate their understanding of the content. Our facility in New Gloucester, Maine, is equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms deploying cutting–edge technology, laboratories, conference rooms, co-working/study spaces, and more to support and enhance teaching and learning.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions part of Unity Environmental University?
Yes, the Technical Institute is one of four educational units under Unity Environmental University.
Where are courses held?
All programs are delivered in-person at Freeport Hall, on Unity Environmental University’s campus located on Pineland Farms.
70 Farm View Drive, Suite 200
New Gloucester, ME 04260.
Is the Technical Institute an online program?
No. Our courses have in-person participation, accompanied with virtual guided learning, discussions, or projects.
How much does it cost?
Our cost is $250 per credit pricing, for a two-credit course. Financial aid options are available which can reduce out-of-pocket costs significantly. Additionally, for the majority of courses, there are no costs for textbooks!
How do I find out if I’m eligible for financial aid?
The process is simple and free to apply! Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Make sure to include the Unity Environmental University, Technical Institute for Environmental Professions school code: 006858. If you have questions about financial aid, paying for college, or the process, our recruitment team is eager to help.
When do classes start?
There are 20 terms per year, and courses offered all year long, so there is always an opportunity to start when it is convenient for you. There is no better time to start than now!
What am I going to learn?
Skills and competencies that have been identified as essential by subject matter experts in your field and will align with prospective employer needs.
How do I apply?
Applying is easy, free, and can be completed right on your smartphone! Complete our online application.
Do you accept prior learning and transfer credits?
Yes, we have a very transfer-friendly approach. Everyone’s prior learning is different, so we recommend that you have a conversation with your recruitment specialist, to discuss how your experience and credits will best be applied to your new degree.