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Outdoor Education

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.

Student's doing an ice climbing adventure through outdoor education.

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:
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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