Outdoor Program

Outdoor Program

Study God's Word Surrounded by His Creation

Every year students arrive at The WEST Institute having never before enjoyed the outdoors on any level.

It is amazing to watch students’ eyes open in new ways when we gather for our first class with the beautiful granite peaks of the Medicine Bow Mountains in the background. Studying God’s creation account and then walking in the midst of His creation truly impacts all of our students.  We have found that outdoor adventures dramatically enhance the bond between students as they grow in their faith through biblical studies and community activities. Students are not required to participate in outdoor adventures, but we encourage them to get out and enjoy God's creation and the fellowship with students and their families while in seminary.

What Our Students Are Saying…

"The outdoor program was an incredible way for us to get to know each other better and experience God's creation firsthand which was very timely for me during a time of extreme healing in my life."

— 2016 Graduate

We Equip You!

Most of our students do not start with all the necessary knowledge or equipment required to enjoy certain outdoor adventures.

That's why our program starts with the basics with our very first class! This week covers everything from Wilderness First Aid to purchasing gear, packing a backpack and the basics of rock climbing.  We also have a gear room where students can check out what they need for all their adventures. For a small fee, our students have access to all of our equipment available for rental.

No Experience, No Problem

For students that have never had the chance to enjoy God’s creation, the first time they take a walk among the many mountain lakes will give a great opportunity to ponder all the works of God as their theological studies are enhanced through tangible experiences.

Right in Our Backyard

God has placed The WEST Institute campus in the middle of some of the most pristine outdoors in the country. Below is just a short list of the possible adventures just miles from our campus.

WEST Highlights

Summer Adventures



Winter Adventures


New Experiences

Whether they are new to the outdoors or have spent lots of time in God’s creation, we want all of our students to be stretched in many different ways.

Whether it is mountaineering, rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, skiing, or one of the many other outdoor pursuits available around Laramie, students will be confronted with their limitations and opportunities to stretch themselves and others in building deep relationship centered on God’s Word and beautiful fellowship abound.