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Nathan Ruffrage, MS

Faculty of Outdoor Leadership
Chair, Outdoor Leadership
Unit: Outdoor Leadership
Location: Tigerville, SC

"The Integration of Faith and Community within the Wilderness Adventure context can be one of the most powerful and life changing experiences people can have."
  • Teaching & Education

    You will learn with me when taking courses in Leadership Theory and Education Philosophy within Adventure Programming.


    • B.A., University of North Alabama
    • M.S., Minnesota State University
  • Professional Experience

    Extended experience with teaching and leading at a variety of outdoor adventure education programs that include Outward Bound, Therapeutic Programs, Summer Camps, and Residential Boarding Schools. Have served within Student Service departments at both Western Carolina University and Minnesota State University designing and administrating adventure education programs. Obtained multiple technical professional certifications in the areas of wilderness medicine, rock climbing, paddling and rescue.

  • My Story

    I became aware of Adventure Education and its potential impact on people in early 2002 as a student pursuing a secondary education degree. At that time the college I was attending offered courses in Backpacking, Rock Climbing and Paddling. Through enrolling in these classes as electives my eyes were opened to the potential that the wilderness, adventure, and small community experiences could have on individuals and groups. Since that point I have invested myself over the past 18 years in developing a career that would help empower students toward the field of Adventure Education and the potential it has to offer.

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