If you attend Brevard College in North Carolina you can take classes in the wilderness and earn a degree.
Now all the college kids who just want to spend time in nature can earn a Wilderness Leadership degree at Brevard College in North Carolina.
The program consists of classes in outdoor education, experimental education, risk management and legal liability for outfitters, outdoor program administration, outdoor ethics, wilderness first aid classes, and a slew of outdoor activities from canoeing, to backpacking, to mountain biking. To finish your degree you are required a certain number of internships in outdoor careers.
The students of the Wilderness Leadership and Experimental Education program will graduate with a range of outdoor skills and will hopefully go on to have careers with different outdoor outfitters as instructors, guides, or rangers.
Brevard College is in the town of Brevard nestled against the Pisgah Mountains, south of Asheville, North Carolina. The Green, Chattooga, Tuckaseegee, Pigeon, Nantahala, and Ocoee Rivers are all close by where students have easy access to fishable trout streams.
The wilderness forests nearby include DuPont State Recreational Forest (10,400 acres), Holmes Educational Forest, Bracken Mountain Recreation Area (395 acres), Gorges State Park, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Transylvania County, where Brevard lies, has the highest concentration of waterfalls in the country with over 1,000 miles of hiking trails.
I think I may go back to school to get a degree in wilderness training. I wouldn’t mind being in college again, especially if most of the classes are out in the backcountry.