one year programs
Explore: Outdoor leadership studies

Course Overview

Explore: Outdoor Leadership Studies

One Year Program (30 Credits)
Combine your passion for Outdoors and your desire to grow in your faith in this one year, leadership focused, Bible centered, Wilderness Program.

Also available as a 2 Year Course and a 4 Year Degree Program

Courses revolve around:

  • Learning about God's Word and its relevance in every aspect of life
  • Developing Outdoor skills and competencies
  • Mentoring, Feedback and Personal Growth

This program is for those who desire to grow as Servant Leaders and love the Outdoors as a place to connect to God and bring others closer to Him.

Request More Information

APPLY

 

 

 

Explore: In Depth

Whether you are aiming for an outdoor career or are just a strong outdoor enthusiast, Explore training will impart valuable skills and knowledge. Students are trained to become highly competent Christian outdoor professionals. One-year grads are in high demand to serve in wilderness programming positions immediately after graduation. Four-year grads possess the expertise and ministry skills to provide top level leadership for any wilderness-based program.

Program Objectives

Bible and Ministry Training Objectives

  • Articulate the foundational doctrines and themes of Scripture.
  • Analyze various worldviews, identify and understand the strength of the Christian worldview and demonstrate biblical thinking and character within a secular context.
  • Exhibit a consistent godly character and demonstrate obedience to God and His Word.
  • Understand and practice the dynamics of healthy, biblical communication within a community.
  • Commit to meaningful participation within your local church and take responsibility for your role within the global Body of Christ.

Leadership Development Objectives

You will be challenged to develop in Christ-like character, recognizing that you lead and minister out of who you are.

  • Grow in personal spiritual disciplines and a deeper relationship with God. 
  • Understand and practice the dynamics of healthy, biblical communication within a community.
  • Recognize and apply your personal gifts for the benefit of others. Disciple others to integrate spiritual truth into their lives.
  • Grow in your understanding and application of Transformaional Servant Leadership.

Wilderness Skills Training Objectives

You will be challenged to grow through outdoor adventures.

  • Communicate, work, and lead effectively in a ministry team using wilderness adventure as a tool for Christian ministry and evangelism.
  • Organize, lead, and teach a variety of outdoor skills at a foundational level.
  • Experience the value of outdoor adventure for spiritual and personal development.

Further Opportunities

Those particularly pursuing camp and youth ministries will find this training invaluable. Should you desire to continue your education at Prairie, most courses can be transferred toward one of Prairie’s two or four-year programs, and are best suited for the BA in Ministry Outdoor Leadership.

Special Entrance Requirements

This program is limited to 24 students. Interested students should apply early to avoid disappointment. In addition to regular admissions requirements, applicants must exhibit godly character, academic ability, and servant leadership. They must desire to be in an intense learning environment where they are challenged spiritually, academically, and relationally. The nature of the program will require students to meet additional expectations in the areas of conduct, attitude, and maturity.

Explore Fitness Guidelines

In order for a student to have an positive experience in Explore's many adventure activities we have physical fitness guideliness. Upon arrival, students should be able to carry a 40lbs pack for 5 kilometers in under an hour. Additionally, students should also be able to swim 200 meter non-stop.

Program Outcomes

  1. Explain basic positional and non-positional leadership theory and practice its application.
  2. Express principles of experiential education and practice in controlled applications.
  3. Describe basic method and principles of facilitation and practice their applications with a group
  4. Reproduce proper backcountry skills necessary for participation in a successful and safe backcountry trip.
  5. Employ the skills necessary to effectively participate in a wide range of basic outdoor adventure skills at a basic competency level with intermediate abilities in at least one skill.

 

Program Experiences

The first half of each semester is spent at the Frontier Lodge Campus situated on the edge of the Canadian Rockies. Students engage in numerous experiences designed to deepen faith, strengthen character, build wilderness competencies and prepare students for ministry. The second half of each semester is spent back on Prairie campus in Three Hills deepening knowledge and faith through a more traditional college experience.

Fall Semester (7 weeks) at Frontier Lodge

  • 3 Day Leadership Training
  • 5 Day Backpacking Trip in the Canadian Rockies
  • 3 Day River Canoeing Trip on the North Saskatchewan
  • 3 Day Rock Climbing Training in the David Thompson Corridor 
  • 3 Day Mountain Bike Training on Cross Country and Downhill Trails in Rockies
  • 5 Day Specialization (student choice) in Rock Climbing, Canoeing or Mountain Biking in Premiere Venues in Alberta and BC.
  • 3 Day Intro to Experiential Education Class
  • Practicum: running a weekend camp for Jr High students.
  • Conflict Management Seminar
  • New Testament Studies: The Gospels and Acts
  • Christian Formation Studies: The Attributes of God

Winter Semester (7 weeks) at Frontier Lodge

  • 5 Day Backcountry Ski and Avalanche Training in Banff National Park with ACMG Mountain Guide (CAA Level 1 Certification provided)
  • 5 Day Ice Climbing Training (both at on site Ice Wall and Waterfalls in the David Thompson Corridor)
  • 5 Day Winter Survival Training in the Rockies
  • 40 Hour Wilderness Advanced First Aid
  • 2 Day Search and Rescue Training (Certifies Students to work on Alberta SAR teams)
  • 1 Day Search and Rescue Major Scenario
  • Practicum: Running 2 Day Adventure Race
  • New Testament Studies: The Gospels and Acts continued
  • Christian Formation Studies: Spiritual Disciplines 

 

 

Program Requirements

The following are the academic courses taken by students in the Explore program. All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible & Theology (12 credits)

  • NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
  • OT 112 Reading the Torah
  • ST 100 The Christian Life
  • TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology

Arts & Sciences (6 credits)

  • HF 111 Thinking & Writing
  • SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World

Outdoor Leadership (12 credits)

  • OL 104 Intro to Experiential Education (1.5 credits)
  • OL 116 Wilderness Advanced First Aid (1.5 credits)
  • OL 134 Outdoor Leadership (1.5 credits)
  • OL 151 Introduction to Outdoor Programming (1.5 credits)
  • SC 140 Health & Wellness
  • SC 143 Outdoor Winter Pursuits

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

Specialized Seminars

  • Team Building Initiatives
  • Conflict Management
  • Interpersonal Skills Development
  • Creation Care
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Leadership Development

Dennis and Hannah Landon  Program Coordinators

Upon graduating High School, I remember the amount of pressure I felt. Everyone wanted to know what I was going to become—and I didn't even feel like I knew who I was yet! I came to the Explore program for "just one year." I wanted outdoor leadership training but more than that, I needed to figure out who I was in relationsip to God and what that meant for my life. The experiences, teaching and community here helped me see who I am in God's eyes, and to step into my identity in a meaningful way. As Director of the program now, I am privileged to walk alongside students as they find answers to the big questions in their own life. -Hannah

 

Explore 4
Crazy fun. So much learning. Amazing community and God shines through it all.
Katie
Outdoor Leadership Student
Explore 4
The challenge is physical, spiritual, emotional and academic. However, with investment and engagement with the challenge, there is incredible growth that will cultivate students into kingdom leaders.
Raylene
Outdoor Leadership Student
Explore 4

My program is a place where God can train you. Come and see what God can prepare you for.

Carissa
Outdoor Leadership Student
Explore 4
The Explore program can be a place of rapid growth, the key is to be willing. This program is a safe place to make mistakes and learn from them which is the best way to grow.
Kyler
Outdoor Leadership Student
Explore mid
I have had so many people invest in me over the last couple years. From teachers, to fellow students- the community of Christ has been the biggest blessing to me over my time here.
Stefan
Outdoor Leadership Student
Katie
Raylene
Carissa
Kyler
Stefan

Future Opportunities

 

  • Camp Ministry (High demand for our students every spring)
  • Entry-level Outdoor Adventure Jobs
  • Associate of Arts in Outdoor Leadership
  • Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Leadership
  • Any Four Year Program at Prairie 
Ice Climbing in Box Canyon
Ice Climbing in Box Canyon
Rock Climbing at Abraham Slabs
Rock Climbing at Abraham Slabs
Deep powder for backcountry skiing in the Canadian Rockies
Deep powder for backcountry skiing in the Canadian Rockies
Purple Team! (2016-2017)
Purple Team! (2016-2017)
Powering through the Rapids on the North Saskatchewan
Powering through the Rapids on the North Saskatchewan
A day of climbing at Issac's waterfall
A day of climbing at Issac's waterfall
Beginners to Experts are welcome...learning how to ski in Hidden Bowl
Beginners to Experts are welcome...learning how to ski in Hidden Bowl
Crossing the Creek in Tibet (Optional Spring Course)
Crossing the Creek in Tibet (Optional Spring Course)
Getting ready for some awesome skiing in Banff National Park
Getting ready for some awesome skiing in Banff National Park
Cruising down the White Rabbit Trail
Cruising down the White Rabbit Trail
Class time in Kootenay plains
Class time in Kootenay plains
On the river during 3 day Canoe training rotation
On the river during 3 day Canoe training rotation
Hiking in the Mountains
Hiking in the Mountains
Mountain Biking during the 3 day skills rotation
Mountain Biking during the 3 day skills rotation
Orange Team touring up to find some good skiing
Orange Team touring up to find some good skiing
The North Saskatchewan River
The North Saskatchewan River
Rappeling
Rappeling
Backpacking in the Himalayans
Backpacking in the Himalayans
Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking
Fish Lake- the home of Frontier Lodge
Fish Lake- the home of Frontier Lodge
Inside the Loft at Prairie- a perfect student hangout and homework area
Inside the Loft at Prairie- a perfect student hangout and homework area
Parable Place- where several first year classes take place
Parable Place- where several first year classes take place
Atrium- coffee, homework, hangout
Atrium- coffee, homework, hangout
Explore 5

Explore is an educator’s dream. Students have the chance to learn new ideas, put them into practice under stress, reflect, and then try again. When we teach people about leadership, people skills, working in teams… this is exactly the kind of environment we love to use.

Phil Orazi
Chick-fil-a: Senior Director, Field Staff Development
Explore 5

Explore is an outstanding program!  What a great opportunity for young people to push their physical limits and delve into their faith while learning important leadership skills for life and work.  All done in an open and supportive environment in some of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Pierre
ACMG Mountain Guide
Phil Orazi
Pierre