Experiential Learning and Outdoor Recreation Education

Experiential Learning and Outdoor Recreation Education

Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Experiential Learning and Outdoor Recreation Education (formerly NRL)

Where Learning is an Adventure

Students of all disciplines acquire the experience and skills necessary to enjoy “wild Utah” through this exciting group of courses.

Classes take place in varied outdoor settings with opportunities to explore, learn, and develop lifelong skills while earning valuable credit toward graduation.

Regardless of your major, these courses typically feature interdisciplinary benefits beyond those possible in traditional classroom settings.

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Check out the videos below of several PRT Experiential Learning and Outdoor Recreation Education Courses:

Yellowstone Tourism PRTL 1266

Yellowstone Falls

Examines tourism as a major economic engine, and the recreation opportunity spectrum in the flagship park of the NPS system.

Watch the Yellowstone Tourism Course Video

Canyoneering 1 PRTL 1263


In 3 courses learn ascending fixed ropes, pothole problem solving, guided rappels, more.     

Watch the Canyoneering Video

Ski Mountaineering PRTS 1415

 Ski Mountaineering

Fundamentals of ski mountaineering such as route finding, rope management, ridge climbing, and advanced ski travel skills.

Watch the Ski Mountaineering Video

Backpack Fly Fishing PRTL 1133

fly fishing

Through class and field sessions, students examine resource management issues, and learn specific skills related to camping and fishing.

Watch the Backpack Fly Fishing Video

Kayaking 1 PRTW 1317


 Learn and practice basic strokes, braces, rolls (one side), equipment.

Watch the Kayaking Video

Rock Climbing 1  PTRL 1230

Rock Climbing

Resource management issues, activity skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics associated with rock climbing on federally managed lands.

Watch the Rock Climbing Video

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