EXPLORE students experience “the great outdoors”

Discipleship in the great outdoors

Students are challenged and changed through biblical education and stretching themselves in outdoor activities.

Established in 1998, Prairie College’s Wilderness and Leadership Program blends strong academics, leadership development and discipleship training to encourage growth in confidence, character, community and faith.

After 17 years in Montana, the program is heading north to Nordegg, Alberta and will take advantage of what the Canadian Rockies have to offer. The program, nicknamed Explore, includes one-year certificate, two-year diploma and four-year degree options that build upon one another.

“Typically, students come not knowing what to expect,” says program co-director Dennis Landon. “They are drawn to the program because they are looking to grow in their faith and are drawn to the mountains,” he continues, “but they are challenged and changed through biblical education, interpersonal growth and stretching themselves in the various outdoor activities.”

While the program splits time equally between Prairie College (Three Hills, Alberta) and Frontier Lodge in Nordegg, students also have the opportunity to experience “the great outdoors” in other locations.

Graduates are employed in the outdoor adventure industry, churches and camps as well as small and large business.
Graduates are employed in the outdoor adventure industry, churches and camps as well as small and large business.

Second-year students participate in a 21-day trek to Death Valley, California, while fourth-year students embark on a summer elective course in Central Asia that includes hiking in the Himalayas, meeting nomadic people groups and learning about adventure tourism and business as mission.

Graduates from the last 17 years are successfully employed in the outdoor adventure industry, churches and camps as well as small and large business. Many have also pursued masters and doctoral degrees at graduate school and seminary.

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