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Outdoor Education

Take your education outside the classroom. Our program is consistently recognized as one of the nation's best, with a focus on leadership, personal growth, and community.
Sea kayaking with Outdoor Education

What We Do

Mission Statement
The mission of Colgate Outdoor Education is to provide Colgate students with leadership, wellness, personal growth, sense of place, and community-building opportunities through outdoor and experiential programs.

In addition, our community values sustainability, diversity and inclusion, safety, and improvement.

We support Colgate's mission to help students:
  • Prepare for lives of leadership and productive citizenship
  • Develop the skills to participate in a lifetime of healthy activity
  • Develop personal potential and experience the cohesion of shared purpose

Outdoor Education offers a variety of outdoor and experiential programs, all taking place in some of the region's most beautiful natural settings. We also have several facilities and options right here on campus.

Regardless of skill level, we want to get you outside and help you learn and have fun!

A few of our options include:

PE and Backyard Adventures

Practice a new skill and earn PE credit while having a great time! Learn more and register.

Wilderness Adventure

Make friends and have an adventure before school even starts. Learn more and register.

Staff Training

Learn to lead and teach in the outdoors. Learn more and apply.

Team Building

Increase teamwork, foster positive relationships, and improve performance. Learn more and request a program.


Right on campus you can climb at the Angert Family Climbing Wall or rent equipment for your next adventure at our Equipment Rental Center.

Within a couple miles of campus you can take a boat out on the water at the Glendening Boathouse, or book a stay in our rustic yurt.

Climbers on Climate Change

Sabrina Farmer '18, with the support of Colgate's Benton Scholars Program, explored the personal experiences of climbers with the impact and effects of climate change.