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Active Learning

Project-learning at every level develops your skills inside and outside of the classroom

Your degree in Outdoor Studies from Alaska Pacific University emphasizes competency gained in real-world settings.

You’ll learn the big things, such as why having your own gear is a sign of professionalism.

And you’ll learn the even bigger things – abilities like designing and evaluating outdoor recreational programs; demonstrating expedition leadership; interpreting natural history; and understanding the significance of public lands to culturally diverse recreationists.

Whether you pursue Outdoor Studies at the bachelor’s degree level, as a minor, or as a master’s degree student in Outdoor and Environmental Education, your coursework trains you in the skills and knowledge you need to advance your professional and personal interests.

Headed for a career in tourism? You’ll graduate with an understanding of business plans and entrepreneurship. Is outdoor education right for you? OS has an academic path for that, as well as faculty whose experience with National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound can help you excel. In fact, project-based learning that incorporates Alaska issues and terrain is a foundation of all five OS concentrations at the bachelor’s level: Snow Science, Land Management, Wilderness Therapy, Tourism, and Outdoor Education.

Based at Kellogg Farm in nearby Palmer, the OS master’s degree in Outdoor and Environmental Education is grounded in experiential learning, a method you’ll rely on as an educator in a variety of settings. Examples of project-based learning include developing and running model programs, conducting workshops in local schools, and leading excursions at the farm or adjacent high country.