Students take a hands-on approach to learning. As part of a senior project to incorporate traditional native knowledge into the sea kayaking program, students build and then test Greenland-style ocean Kayaks. Check out our complete list of the top 25 colleges for Outside readers.
Outdoor Programs Kayaking
The Outdoor Programs offers wilderness trips and clinics to the university community, including a sea-kayaking trip in spring semester.
The Outdoor Studies programs gives students the opportunity to convert a love of the outdoors into professional careers in fields from land management to tourism.
Outdoor Studies Mountain Rescue
Students in the Outdoor Studies Mountain Rescue class build rope systems to transport their classmates on a field day.
APU stresses active learning instead of focusing on testing. Outdoor Studies majors take courses like Introduction to Wilderness Skills where they go for a week-long backpacking trip.
Alaska Pacific University is home to a regional Olympic training center for cross-country skiers and the center has developed many Olympians and national medalists. Naturally, the school is renowned for it's Nordic Ski Team.
Earth Science Expedition
Students in an earth science class learn about snow and ice physics, glacier flow mechanisms and get real-world experience on a three-week expedition.
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