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Outdoor Studies

We know that your reputation for competence is the highest compliment you’ll earn

Just for a moment, let’s forget that Outdoor Studies at Alaska Pacific University surrounds you in Alaska-sized superlatives to last a lifetime.

Forget about Mount McKinley – the nation’s tallest peak – and glimpsing it without ever leaving the APU campus. Pretend you’ve never heard that Alaska has the most glaciers, the most coastline, and the biggest national forest than any other state.

At APU, wild and scenic Alaska is a foundation of every class you’ll take – from Sea Kayaking to Dog Mushing, from Snow and Avalanche Science to Wildland Ecosystems and beyond. Encounter Alaska as you earn your certificate as a Wilderness First Responder or Leave No Trace master educator.

Like you, we know that to succeed as an OS professional, you need more than a love of the natural world. You need an earned reputation for competence, gained from structured coursework that educates you for leadership and prepares you for careers in industry, government and nonprofit sectors.

Your APU coursework meets these demands and more, in a landscape that offers more.

Whether you’re attending a classroom lecture, researching your senior year project, or undertaking an extended OS trip, you’ll learn from veteran APU faculty with experience as Outward Bound and National Outdoor Leadership instructors. APU’s master’s of science degree in Outdoor and Environmental Education lets you combines classroom knowledge with seasons at Kellogg Farm, APU’s 700-acre community service agriculture farm in nearby Palmer. Or customize your academic major in another APU department with a minor in Outdoor Studies.

When you want a career in recreation leadership – or if you’re seeking specialized expertise in Land Management, Outdoor Education, Snow Science, Wilderness Therapy or Tourism – Alaska Pacific University has an Outdoor Studies degree to help you advance. Welcome!

-David McGivern, Associate Professor Outdoor Studies