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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.
Sea kayaking with Outdoor Education.

What We Do

CONTACT USWe 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:

PE and Backyard Adventures

Course fees cover travel, food, instruction, all equipment and lodging where applicable. All courses are subsidized by the OE budget. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER
Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide learning and teaching opportunities through diverse outdoor and experiential outings. 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

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.