Epic Experience. Epic Leadership. 

Outdoor Leadership

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Inspire others to rise above the mundane as you study outdoor leadership at NGU. 

15
Days of Backpacking
First-year outdoor leadership students participate in a 15-day backpacking trip. Find common ground in an uncommon way. How’s that for an icebreaker?
3
Career Certifications
Earn three critical outdoor certifications (including your Wilderness First Responder) as part of your scheduled coursework.
35
Minutes from Adventure
From the Blue Ridge Mountains to Caesars Head State Park, limitless outdoor adventure is just a quick drive away.

Elevate Your Leadership

Help others rise above the mundane with a career in outdoor leadership. Camp director. Park ranger. Outdoor educator. Environmental specialist. Even youth minister. Whatever your field, connect God’s people to God’s creation.

We need the great outdoors. And the great outdoors needs engaging leaders. Steward God’s creation and help others grow with a career in outdoor leadership.

Experience Learning from the Ground Up

Immerse Yourself in Adventure

The best way to experience the outdoors is, well, experiencing it! Spend a full semester backpacking, canoeing, sea kayaking, rock climbing, and more. Countless adventures, one goal – to develop your real-world leadership skills.

Intern … Outdoors

Most internships involve office memos, conference calls, and more than a few coffee runs. Not yours. Leave the 9-to-5 behind and intern 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 majors. Plan, promote, and guide wilderness trips for the NGU student body. That’s what outdoor leadership is all about. 

Work Study Programs (Climbing Gear Required)

Operate a 30-foot climbing wall. Assist students with equipment management and trip preparation. Pass along your outdoor expertise and enthusiasm. Just another day at the office with NGU’s work-study programs. 

Outdoor Leadership Beside Experienced & Faithful Guides

Nathan Ruffrage, MS
Faculty of Outdoor Leadership
Sara Briley, MS
Andrew Glas, MSEd
Outdoor Leadership Instructor

Embrace the Journey and Study Outdoor Leadership

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  • Outdoor Leadership Year 1

    Year 1 Example Courses

    • First-Year Experience
    • Old Testament Survey
    • Principles of Biology I 
    • Introduction to Outdoor Leadership
    • New Testament Survey
    • Wilderness Journey Practicum
    • Outdoor Leadership Elective
    • Concepts of Physical Fitness and Wellness
  • Outdoor Leadership Year 2

    Year 2 Example Courses

    • General Psychology
    • Environmental Science
    • Group Processing and Facilitation
    • Legal Issues and Environmental Law
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Fine Arts Elective
    • Outdoor Camping Skills
    • Outdoor Ministries
    • Oral Communication
  • Outdoor Leadership Year 3

    Year 3 Example Courses

    • Wilderness Navigation
    • Programming Outdoor Water & Land Pursuits
    • Responder
    • Challenge Course Programs and Management
    • Teaching Methods and Curriculum Development
    • Organization and Administration of Outdoor Programs
    • Outdoor Leadership Elective
  • Outdoor Leadership Year 4

    Year 4 Example Courses

    • Philosophy of Experiential Education
    • Outdoor Leadership Elective
    • Psychology Elective
    • Open Elective
    • Senior Seminar
    • Outdoor Leadership Internship
    • Intelligent Design
    • Psychology Elective
    • Elective

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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