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Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Nurture, sustain and lead the way forward with a rewarding, future-focused career.

Our highly practical outdoor education and sustainability programmes prepare you for meaningful work in a variety of areas from instruction to conservation. They connect and immerse you in the environment and culture, provide unforgettable experiences and empower you to decide your career direction. You’ll share your passion for the outdoors with likeminded people, learn about yourself, grow as a leader and have a lot of fun along the way.

You’ll also be encouraged and challenged in areas such as critical thinking, problem solving, people management and creativity. As a result, you’ll enhance your adaptability and equip yourself to lead and help others in a rapidly changing world. 

Please note: If you’re still at high school, a Dual Enrolment programme at Ara can equip you with skills while you continue your education at school. Find out more here.

Our well-regarded sustainability and outdoor education staff are highly qualified, have extensive sector experience and are passionate about their role in helping you learn. They know the demands of working in this field and share their knowledge, experience and industry connections to ensure you have substantial learning opportunities, both on and off-campus

Field trips and practical exercises make up a substantial proportion of your learning —screens are no substitute for connecting to the outdoors or the community. Through these experiences you’ll be work-ready for a variety of areas when you graduate.

If you think you may require modifications in order to undertake the practical components of a particular course of study, we encourage you to discuss these with us so we can give them careful consideration.

As it may take time to consider and implement any modifications, please contact disability@ara.ac.nz as early as possible prior to the course starting. We’ll also need to check that there’s no risk of harm to you or anyone else before making a final decision.

Throughout this process we’ll communicate with you in a clear and timely manner.

Programmes

Master of Sustainable Practice

Become a leader in sustainable practice.

FULL-TIME - 1.5 Years (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice

Acquire the knowledge and skills needed to be a change-maker in sustainability.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Practice

Gain foundational knowledge and specialist skills in sustainable practice.

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks (Part-time options available)
Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Advance your professional development in sustainability and outdoor education.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year (Part-time options available)
Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Become an emerging leader in sustainability and outdoor education.

FULL-TIME - 3 Years (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education

Prepare for an adventurous career in the outdoors.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year (Part-time options available)
Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 4)

Learn how to lead others confidently in outdoor pursuits.

FULL-TIME - 1 Year (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Sustainability and Outdoor Education