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What will I learn?

Prepare for an exhilarating career in nature, adventure or ecotourism sectors.

The two-year Outdoor Adventure Naturalist Ontario College Diploma program, delivered in a compressed format over 43 weeks, is the perfect choice for anyone interested in working as a professional in the adventure/ecotourism sector, and guiding and educating clients through interpretation of natural environments. It has been created with our partner, Wilderness Tours, Canada`s largest outdoor adventure company.

As a student, you spend more than 550 hours completing field study and practical skills training in outdoor settings/classrooms.

Explore areas such as:

  • river touring (kayak touring and gentle rafting)
  • no-trace camping and wilderness travel skills
  • cross-country cycle touring
  • flatwater canoeing
  • astronomy
  • winter camping skills
  • tracking
  • wildlife viewing
  • photography
  • wild edible plants
  • birding

Complete extended activity skills training sessions and take on several expeditions - the last being self-executed. The program`s curriculum also includes business courses in interpretive media, risk management, financial management and marketing to enhance your career options and pathways.

Benefit from the opportunity to pursue a paid cooperative (co-op) work term. Qualified students with a minimum GPA of 2.7 have the opportunity to pursue co-op offered at the end of the second term. You may gain valuable work experience and build networks within industry to enhance your employment options in the outdoor tourism industry.

Upon graduation, you are ready for an exciting, in-demand career. Be prepared to work as:

  • nature and heritage interpreters
  • nature or ecotourism guides
  • program managers
  • entrepreneurs

Graduates may also pursue entrepreneurial opportunities in the nature/adventure/ecotourism sectors.


This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy a hands-on approach to learning about the outdoor adventure tourism industry.
  • Are concerned about Social Economic and Environmental (SEE) sustainability and want to personally learn more about SEE sustainability in the Outdoor Adventure Tourism industry.
  • Are committed to guiding and teaching others in a variety of environments.
  • Are interested in learning the skills and abilities required to become an Interpretive/Nature based guiding professional.

Which department am I in?

Pembroke Campus

Study options

Full Time (43 weeks)

Tuition fees
Semester 1: CAN $9,184.86; Semester 2: CAN $8,984.36; Semester 3: CAN $9,067.36; Estimated Program Total fees: CAN $27,236.58 (Fall 2021)
Start date

Expected September 2022


Pembroke Campus

1 College Way,


Ontario (ON),

K8A 0C8, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

College Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR

Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR

General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR

Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program).

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:

IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. OR

TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20 Speaking: 20, Writing: 20

Deadline: Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration.