Epic Experience. Epic Leadership. 

Outdoor Leadership

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Inspire others to experience and steward God’s creation well. 

3+
Skills Courses
Gain hands-on experience in at least three outdoor recreation skills courses including backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, and more.
2
Career Certifications
Earn two critical outdoor certifications—including Leave No Trace Awareness and your Wilderness First Air or First Responder.
25
Minutes from Adventure
From the Blue Ridge Mountains to Caesars Head State Park, limitless outdoor adventure is just a quick drive away.

Connect People with the Outdoors

In our fast-paced and technological world, facilitating healthy relationships with the great outdoors is critical to our physical and spiritual well-being. You understand this—and you also recognize the importance of stewarding God’s creation responsibly and sustainably. So, where do you start?

You engage hard skills—backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, and more—like never before. You explore soft skills like leadership, management, and communication. You elevate your understanding of outdoor leadership to make an impact through a variety of careers including camp director, park ranger, outdoor educator, environmental specialist, and beyond.

Whether you pursue a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Outdoor Leadership, or you combine a minor in Outdoor Leadership with another academic program like ministry, marketing, management, or biology—prepare for countless career opportunities rooted in outdoor leadership.

Experience Learning from the Ground Up

Immerse Yourself in Adventure

The best way to experience the outdoors is, well, experiencing it! Enjoy a variety of field-based classes like rock climbing, canoeing, backpacking, white water kayaking, and more.

Intern … Outdoors

Most internships exclusively involve office work. Not yours. Diversify your work environment by interning with an outdoor-focused organization to propel your growth.

Lead as You Learn – with Crusader Outdoor Adventure and Recreation (COAR)

COAR is a campus-wide student organization led by outdoor leadership students. Plan, promote, and guide wilderness trips for the NGU student body.

Outdoor Leadership Beside Experienced & Faithful Stewards

Sam Keith, PhD
Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator

Embrace the Journey and Study Outdoor Leadership

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  • Outdoor Leadership Year 1

    Year 1 Example Courses

    • Introduction to Outdoor Leadership
    • Wilderness Journey Practicum
    • Introduction to Rock Climbing
    • Concepts of Physical Fitness and Wellness
  • Outdoor Leadership Year 2

    Year 2 Example Courses

    • Environmental Science
    • Group Processing and Facilitation
    • Legal Issues and Environmental Law
    • Outdoor Camping Skills
    • Outdoor Ministries
  • Outdoor Leadership Year 3

    Year 3 Example Courses

    • Wilderness Navigation
    • Programming Outdoor Water & Land Pursuits
    • Wilderness Survival
    • Field Studies: Expedition Canoeing
  • Outdoor Leadership Year 4

    Year 4 Example Courses

    • Philosophy of Experiential Education
    • Outdoor Recreation Management
    • Winter Camping Skills
    • Outdoor Leadership Internship

Elevate Your Perspective

You’ll also take Chapel every semester, and Cultural Events for the first four semesters. You earn credit through attendance, and each course counts as half a credit. This is the NGU difference, how you find your peak performance and elevate your perspective, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

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