Tourism, Recreation + Adventure Leadership Degree

The tourism and outdoor recreation industries are among the largest in the world and continue to grow in Oregon and throughout the nation. As a tourism, recreation and adventure leadership (TRAL) graduate, you will be a leader, educator and entrepreneur in our most important natural spaces. You will be on the cutting edge of this exciting, ever-changing industry and go on to educate others about the natural world, lead life-changing adventure opportunities, and create brand new businesses based on the idea of sharing the outdoors with others.

As a TRAL student, you are invited to engage in learning activities outside the classroom from the moment you step on campus. You can participate in research conducted by world-renowned faculty members related to the social, economic, educational, environmental and policy aspects of nature-based tourism, outdoor recreation and the human connection to nature. This research spans the globe and helps us learn how the outdoors contributes to overall human health and well-being.

You can also study abroad during your Oregon State career. Programs range from a few weeks to a year in destinations across six continents, with scholarships available to help offset costs.

Prepare to meet the challenges of providing quality recreation opportunities while maintaining the ecological integrity of natural resources. Our advising guide makes it easy to choose your option.


Paying For College

There are a variety of options for you to fund your education. Over $550,000 in scholarships are available - and that's just from the College of Forestry. The College of Forestry is dedicated to making sure our degrees are affordable.


Oregon Forest Science Complex

The OFSC features 20 classrooms, computer rooms and laboratories, including the FERN Student Center and the Peavy Arboretum, where faculty, students, and researchers can participate in active learning and discovery while utilizing state-of-the-art equipment.

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Experiential Learning

TRAL students love to get out there and get their hands dirty. Pretty much every student takes part in some form of learning outside the classroom. There are many opportunities to get involved and gain experience. 

See Yourself Here

A group of students sit in the grass and relax on Oregon State's Corvallis campus.
A google map of Oregon State's campus.

Oregon State University is located in Corvallis, one of the top-ranked college towns in the country. A one-hour drive from the Pacific Ocean, and a two-hour drive from the Cascades and high desert, it is an ideal place to live and work.

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A building lit up at night on the Oregon State-Cascades campus in Bend.
A google map of Oregon State-Cascades campus in Bend.

OSU-Cascades, which opened in fall 2016, is located in Bend, and is surrounded by thousands of acres of public lands that serve as a natural laboratory. The campus is fewer than two miles from downtown and near trails, recreation, entertainment, athletic and medical facilities.

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