one year programs
Explore: Outdoor Leadership Studies
One Year Program (30 Credits)
Also available as a 2 Year Course and a 4 Year Degree Program
Courses revolve around:
Through study and service you will gain a better understanding of your personal leadership style, personality traits, spiritual gifts, teamwork, and conflict management.
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.
Bible and Ministry Training Objectives
Leadership Development Objectives
You will be challenged to develop in Christ-like character, recognizing that you lead and minister out of who you are.
Wilderness Skills Training Objectives
You will be challenged to grow through outdoor adventures.
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 Education & Leadership and BA in Ministry Camping programs.
Special Entrance Requirements
This program is limited to 32 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.
All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.
Arts & Sciences (6 credits)
Outdoor Leadership Courses (12 credits)
Bible & Theology Major (12 credits)
Students may have another course substituted for HF 111 Thinking & Writing if they have earned a C- or higher in a similar, transferable course from another institution. Any other transfer credit pertaining to the Explore program will be considered individually by the Director and Registrar. Additional courses must be taken in place of any transfer credits.
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
My program is a place where God can train you. Come and see what God can prepare you for.
Canoe by the river
Hiking in the Mountains
Inside the Loft
Backpacking in the Himalayans
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.
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.