Outdoor Education

At Montreat, you find focus. And in this program, we’re focused on developing leaders. Strong, Christ-centered outdoor educators who are equipped with historical and philosophical foundations, technical skills, and teaching expertise. 

Outdoor Education major

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Our Outdoor Education program utilizes class discussions and field experience to teach:

  • outdoor skills
  • leadership training
  • environmental studies

You’ll learn to teach adventure activities, team building, and environmental awareness in the context of an outdoor setting and from a biblical worldview. Our curriculum is designed to give you the skills, knowledge, and training necessary to both facilitate personal growth and interpret the natural environment.

And then we take it further. As a student, you’ll design, implement, and administer outdoor education programs that are safe, challenging, and enjoyable. Our professors assist with enthusiasm—they’re passionate about building relationships and will challenge you to be a reflective, well-rounded educator.

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Be equipped

  • learn from outdoor professionals and seasoned faculty members – faculty have experience in the following organizations and areas: National Outdoor Leadership School, Outward Bound, American Mountain Guides Association, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, the North American Association for Environmental Education, Christian Adventure Association, Association for Experiential Education, Christian Camping International, Christian Camp and Conference Association, American Canoe Association and the Wilderness Education Association
  • develop outdoor living skills
  • gain valuable certifications in the outdoor field
  • leadership training
  • opportunities to lead a variety of wilderness trips
  • take advanced programming classes in canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing
  • learn how to use the outdoor environment as a classroom
  • field experiences
  • Take part in the semester long Immersion program
  • obtain a vast knowledge of the environment, theories on education and leadership, as well as technical skills
  • learn to point others to Christ through the environment
  • live and study within miles of four major wilderness areas


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Field-Based Opportunities

Stretch your boundaries as you lead, teach, and learn through wilderness expeditions at Montreat and around the world.

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Wilderness Leadership Certification

Immerse yourself in leadership, group dynamics, programming, outdoor skills, and field natural history—and get credit for it.

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Outdoor Education faculty

Our professors integrate faith and learning—in every aspect of their lives. Their inspiring profiles contain the details.

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