Alaska University Outdoor Degree Programs

Alaska has a number of high-quality university outdoor degree programs that benefit from the great experiential learning Alaska’s mountains, oceans, rivers, and history and cultures have to offer. Starting in the ’60s and ’70s with Alaska Community College, now University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), and Alaska Methodist University, now Alaska Pacific University (APU), the programs have evolved as the outdoor profession has grown. This Outdoor Explorer welcomes representatives from APU, UAA, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Prince William Sound College, and the University of Alaska Southeast.  They’ll describe their programs and discuss the value of an outdoor education degree. 

HOST: Paul Twardock


Eeva Latosuo:  Alaska Pacific University

Benjamin Rush: Prince William Sound College

TJ Miller:  University of Alaska Anchorage

Peggy Keiper: University of Alaska Fairbanks

Mark Oldmixon: University of Alaska Fairbanks

Forest Wagner: University of Alaska Southeast


Alaska Pacific University Outdoor Studies: Undergraduate

APU MS in Outdoor and Environmental Education

Prince William Sound College Outdoor Leadership

University of Alaska Anchorage Health, Science, PE and Recreation

University of Alaska Fairbanks Sports and Recreation Business

University of Alaska Southeast Outdoor Studies

BROADCAST: Thursday, March 17th, 2022. 10:00 am – 11:00 a.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, March 17th, 2022. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Operations Manager for KSKA-FM. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the FM broadcast. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and can still find him operating the soundboard for any of the live broadcast programs.

After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book, or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!

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