Asbury welcomes public to Outdoor Programs presentation

Published 9:34 am Friday, April 5, 2024

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Asbury University will soon share a presentation about new Kentucky Outdoor Institute (KOI) programs for the public and the Asbury community. 

The KOI at Asbury is an educational enterprise focused on growing individuals and teams through outdoor and adventure experiences. KOI has various programs in many different settings in Central Kentucky and beyond including rock climbing outdoors or out, caving, day hiking, rappelling, hammock camping, overnight paddling trips, and backpacking.

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On Tuesday, April 9 at 1 p.m. outside the Asbury University Rader Student Center on One Macklem Drive, KOI will share a presentation and games, canoe trailers, a mock camp, and a rappelling demonstration.

“Going outside and soaking up the created world is a great way to challenge ourselves and get out of our comfort zones,” said Kentucky Outdoor Institute Director and Assistant Professor Trent Ellsworth. “Our leaders can teach you how to become more effective with activities in different environments through this educational experience. Through the outdoors, we can become more connected with God.”

Aside from instructing classes for the public, KOI’s main work is involved with the major and minor in Adventure Education and Leadership (AEL). “Whether guests want to learn to be better rock climbers or lead their organizations to success, KOI’s fully customizable programs fit every need and skill level. KOI is certified and insured for backcountry and adventure programming.” reads a press release from Asbury University.

“The adventure education technique uses an experiential approach — indoors or outdoors — that puts individuals and groups into situations with uncertain outcomes that allow them to struggle with problems, engage creative solutions, use trial and error, and learn by doing. With areas of concentration in Outdoor Recreation, Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare, Environmental Studies, and Outdoor Ministry and Discipleship, AEL students can take their learning to the next level.  However, many students choose this program because of its proven reputation for leadership development,” the release continued.

For more information about KOI, visit