two year ministry program:
Diploma in Outdoor Leadership
Two Year Program (60 Credits)
Also available as a 1 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.
Outdoor Leadership: In Depth
The first year (Explore certificate) is designed to equip you with foundational skills in a broad range of areas—personal and group leadership, ministry, wilderness skills, and biblical knowledge. The second year further builds on this base to give you confidence to minister in any environment, providing you with a more in-depth knowledge of the Bible and practical leadership skills to equip others for ministry and lead in the outdoors. Throughout the degree you will spend equal time based at Frontier Lodge in the Canadian Rockies and at Prairie’s campus in Three Hills, Alberta.
Prairie's Diploma in Outdoor Leadership will equip you to do the following:
Whether you are led into missions, a position of leadership, or a wilderness-related vocation, the Diploma in Outdoor Leadership provides foundational training Christian leaders need in preparing for any ministry. 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 four-year programs. It is designed to transfer completely into the Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Outdoor Leadership degree and is also a natural step for the Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Camping degree.
The Diploma in Outdoor Leadership (often called Explore2) is the year that follows the Explore first year experience. Students in this program complete the first year program and, in addition, complete the experiences below. Schedule is subject to slight chance and modifcation but a typical year includes:
Fall Semester at Frontier Lodge
Winter Semester at Frontier Lodge
All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.
Bible & Theology (24 credits)
Arts & Sciences (12 credits)
Outdoor Leadership (24 credits)
For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.
Dennis & Hannah Landon Program Coordinators
The Outdoor Industry can be one of the most fun and rewarding places to work. Your "office" is the mountains, rivers and trails. More than enjoying your work environment, however, is the amount of joy, growth and development that others can experience through a properly guided trip. Our hope is to develop you into an outdoor leader who can both learn and teach through the outdoor context.
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
Purple Team! (2016-2017)
Powering through the Rapids on the North Saskatchewan
A day of climbing at Issac's waterfall
Crossing the Creek in Tibet (Optional Spring Course)
Cruising down the White Rabbit Trail
Class time in Kootenay plains
On the river during 3 day Canoe training rotation
Hiking in the Mountains
The North Saskatchewan River
Backpacking in the Himalayans
Fish Lake- the home of Frontier Lodge
Inside the Loft at Prairie
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.