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Outdoor Education

Ice Cimbing, Snowshoeing, and More
The spring Outdoor Education registration opens to all students on Wednesday, January 21. LEARN MORE
Climbing Everything
Students had the chance to climb everything from short 30-foot cliffs to 2000-foot walls on a recent trip to Red Rock Canyon. WATCH VIDEO
Learning Outside the Classroom
Outdoor Education develops skills outside the classroom through learning, risk, and challenges.
Life Underground
Are you looking for a new kind of adventure? Join us in learning about caves, geology, navigation, rope work, and life underground at 52° Fahrenheit year-round! READ MORE
Clear Your Mind in the Wild
Hiking will keep your mind and body in shape for a lifetime. Learn with your fellow students and enjoy the views along the way. READ MORE
Climb the Adirondacks
Try your hand at roped climbing, and challenge yourself while enjoying beautiful scenery and having a great time with your peers. READ MORE
From Backpacks to Waders
Students, faculty, and staff can rent anything from a skillet to sleeping bags. Good gear, good rates, good folks are all found here.
Learning cannot be limited to the classroom. Our program is consistently ranked as one of the nation's best as it helps students, faculty, and staff explore their sense of place and adventure.

What We Do

We get you out! Whether it is kayaking, tree climbing, snowshoeing, or ice climbing, our goal is to develop your sense of place, leadership, and adventure in the great outdoors.

Regardless of skill level, we take members of the Colgate community out of the classroom and into some of the region's most beautiful natural settings — often just a brief ride from campus.

You can get involved in several different capacities:
Students participate in a canyoneering trip in Southern Utah.
Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide learning and teaching opportunities through diverse outdoor and experiential opportunities. Our programs allow students to develop leadership skills, strong interpersonal connections, an adventurous spirit, and a sense of place within Colgate, Central, and Upstate New York. Intrinsic to this, we support the mission of Colgate University and the department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics through our commitment to health and wellness, personal growth, social responsibility, active citizenship, and lifelong learning.

Core Values
  • Leadership as a mechanism for growth and independence
  • Experiential programming that enriches and supports classroom instruction
  • Strong and authentic relationships built in a substance-free environment
  • Continual betterment of self, place, and others
  • High standards of instruction and professionalism

Camino de Santiago Trip

3 Happy Pilgrims from Colgate's group
In late May / early June, Outdoor Ed Director, Abby Rowe, and six faculty hiked 140 miles of the Camino de Santiago in an effort to scout for future extended study trip in courses relating to Art History, History, Religion and Spanish Culture. READ MORE

Outdoor Ed Gets a Nod From Lightweight Community

Group of students poses for a photo while camping
Evan Chartier '14 (pictured far right) is a Colgate Outdoor Ed instructor and a Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador. With his additional expertise at OE, we have been able to craft a successful Lightweight Camping program that Gossamer Gear is now excited to feature. Thank you, Evan, for helping us get to this point! LEARN MORE