Diploma in Adventure Recreation and Parks Technician – CO-OP


Program Description

Adventure Recreation and Parks Technician (5212) 2 Years - 4 Semesters Ontario College Diploma CO-OP

Program Overview

This is a Co-operative Education Program. September and January Intakes are available for this program.

Looking for a fun and challenging career in the outdoors? Interested in learning a variety of recreational and wilderness-based skills? This is the program for you.

The natural, rugged wilderness of the Algoma Highlands and Lake Superior region make the Sault area an ideal location for studying parks and Adventure recreation. The area contains several provincial parks and Parks Canada facilities, conservation areas, municipal parks, and outdoor recreational facilities. Included in this list are several Michigan State parks and U. S. National parks and forests, all within a short drive of Sault College.

Unique in Canada, our two-year Adventure Recreation and Parks Technician program offers you a broad background in natural resource management, with quality instruction in three major areas of concentration: Parks, Adventure Recreation, and Travel & Ecotourism. Specialty courses in the parks field include Park Operations, Park Interpretation, and Park Protection.

Adventure recreation training forms the second major component of our program and includes specialty courses in Recreation Planning, Adventure Recreation, and our Second Year Field Camp travel & ecotourism training forms the last major component of our program, and includes specialty courses in Ecotourism, and Adventure Expeditions.

Field trips and hands-on experience form an important part of the program. Students will visit a number of park systems and outdoor recreational facilities in the Lake Superior region. Knowledge of the natural environment will be stressed through acquiring field identification skills in a number of different courses such as Trees and Shrubs, Plant Diversity, Animal Diversity, and Regional Geology. During fall camp, students will be exposed to a number of skill areas in the outdoor recreation field, such as canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, and wilderness camping.

As part of our commitment to providing practical, hands-on training and skills necessary to secure long-term employment, our program offers valuable opportunities to acquire employer recognized certifications where feasible. Many of these certifications are provincially or nationally recognized. Some of the specialized parks-related training which may be outside of class includes Chainsaw Operator Safety and Heritage Interpreter certification. Specialized outdoor recreation-related training may also be offered and may include certification in wilderness survival, kayaking, canoeing, nordic and alpine skiing, snowboarding, rock and ice climbing, and scuba diving. All certifications are subject to specific requirements and where applicable additional fees. Some certification courses are arranged through the School of Continuing Education at an additional cost to the student. Most of these certifications are provincially or nationally recognized.

Students may have the opportunity to be involved in applied research projects. Please see the Applied Research Centre section for more information relating to the Sault College Applied Research Centre.

Program of Study

Semester 1

  • CMM115 - 3 Communications I
  • NET100 - 3 Fish and Wildlife Studies I
  • NRT101 - 3 Trees and Shrubs I
  • NRT111 - 4 Park Operations
  • NRT123 - 3 Outdoor Navigation
  • NRT130 - 3 Adventure Recreation I
  • NRT131 - 2 Fall Field Camp - First Year
  • NRT141 - 3 Science and Nature

Semester 2

CWF100 - 3 Co-op Work Placement I

Please Note: CWF100-3 is mandatory and takes place in the summer.

  • MTH125 - 3 Business Mathematics
  • NET105 - 3 Fish and Wildlife Studies II
  • NET107 - 3 Outdoor Equipment Certifications
  • NRT109 - 3 Ecology
  • NRT116 - 2 Natural Resources Career Management
  • NRT133 - 3 Trees and Shrubs II
  • NRT134 - 3 Adventure Recreation II
  • NRT145 - 3 Horticulture Groundskeeper

Semester 3

  • NET108 - 4 Geographic Information Systems
  • NRT212 - 3 Park Interpretation
  • NRT232 - 2 Fall Camp - Parks and Adventure Recreation - Second Year
  • NRT234 - 3 Adventure Recreation and Parks Leadership
  • NRT238 - 3 Physical Geology
  • NRT256 - 3 Ecosystem Classification
  • NRT260 - 4 Trail Construction and Facility Maintenance
  • GEN100 - 3 Global Citizenship

Semester 4

  • 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
  • GAS103 - 3 What in the World is Going On?
  • Student Selected General Education *
  • GAS109 - 3 Music and Pop Culture
  • Student Selected General Education *
  • GAS116 - 3 Your Two Cents
  • Student Selected General Education *
  • GEN110 - 3 Student Selected General Education
  • Student Selected General Education *
  • HDG122 - 3 Personal and Academic Success Strategies
  • Student Selected General Education *
  • SSC102 - 3 Introduction to Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
  • Student Selected General Education *

Note: *Students must choose one of the identified Student Selected General Education Courses

Gear Supplies Check List for First-Year Students


For Additional Information please see the following "Fact Sheet" Please note tuition prices on this sheet are for Domestic students, NOT International students Fall Intake: http://www.saultcollege.ca/FactSheets/Program%20Fact%20Sheet%20-%20Adventure%20Recreation%20-%20Fall%20Intake.pdf Winter Intake: http://www.saultcollege.ca/FactSheets/Program%20Fact%20Sheet%20-%20Adventure%20Recreation%20-%20Winter%20Intake.pdf

Last updated Apr 2019

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