Ozarks Outdoors is our university education and recreation program
offering adventure and technical training as well as accredited courses and degrees,
in the Northwestern Arkansas Ozark Plateau!
Ozarks Outdoors is the outdoor recreation and education program of University of the Ozarks. The program combines the outdoor and environmental experiences offered across University of the Ozarks academics, student life, and administration. Our mission is to enrich our campus and community experience through above standard outdoor adventure and education programming. We are located in Johnson County, which includes Clarksville and other small Northwestern Arkansas communities, nestled in the Arkansas River Valley amid the Boston, Ozark and Ouachita mountains. We are an hour's drive from 5 Arkansas State Parks, 7 Wildlife Management Areas and the Nation's first Wild & Scenic River. Ours is a perfect location for a wealth of adventure experiences: Hiking, Camping, Backpacking . Fishing, Hunting, Shooting Sports . Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddleboarding . Climbing, Bouldering, Rappelling . Mountain Biking . Watchable Wildlife!
COURSES & DEGREES
At Ozarks you can earn a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education, Environmental Studies or in Biology with an Ecology and Wildlife Biology Track. Core courses in these majors and many courses available for general distribution focus on the outdoors and environment, such as God & Nature, Literature & the Environment, Case Studies in Green Marketing. Field based courses like Land Use & Place create a valuable, hands-on learning experience for students. In pursuit of your degree, you have the opportunity to participate in research like the NASA Arkansas Space Grant project comparing microbial and biochemical effects of development on the White and Buffalo Rivers. For your internship, Ozarks Outdoors seeks and posts positions available at organizations in outdoor and environmental fields.
In these wilds of northwestern Arkansas you’ll find a classroom for independence, self-reliance, and discipline. You’ll find people who advocate for our communities and our world. Ozarks Outdoors is a source of knowledge and training in technical outdoor skills consistent with national outdoor recreational and environmental standards: Outfitting . Outdoor Recreation . Environmental Science . Environmental Education . Firearm Education. Our educational clinics build technical skills like fire building, orienteering, knot tying, and survival. Ozarks collaborates with our community organizations--the Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, Johnson County Emergency Management, the USDA Forest Service, National Association of Search and Rescue, Ozark Safety and Rescue Educators, etc.--to provide advanced training such as the Wilderness First Responder, Swift Water Rescue, Single Pitch Climbing Instructor, Fundamentals of Search and Rescue.