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:
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.
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 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 a positive experience in Explore's many adventure activities, we have physical fitness guidelines. Upon arrival, students should be able to carry a 40lb pack for 5 kilometres in under an hour. Additionally, students should also be able to swim 200 meters non-stop.
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 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
Winter Semester (7 weeks) at Frontier Lodge
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)
Arts & Sciences (6 credits)
Outdoor Leadership (12 credits)
For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.
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 relationship 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.
Ice Climbing in Box Canyon
Rock Climbing at Abraham Slabs
Deep powder for backcountry skiing in the Canadian Rockies
Purple Team! (2016-2017)
Powering through the Rapids on the North Saskatchewan
A day of climbing at Issac's waterfall
Beginners to Experts are welcome...learning how to ski in Hidden Bowl
Crossing the Creek in Tibet (Optional Spring Course)
Getting ready for some awesome skiing in Banff National Park
Cruising down the White Rabbit Trail
Class time in Kootenay plains
On the river during 3 day Canoe training rotation
Hiking in the Mountains
Mountain Biking during the 3 day skills rotation
Orange Team touring up to find some good skiing
The North Saskatchewan River
Backpacking in the Himalayans
Fish Lake- the home of Frontier Lodge
Inside the Loft at Prairie- a perfect student hangout and homework area
Parable Place- where several first year classes take place
Atrium- coffee, homework, hangout
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.