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Classes and Outings

Whether you’re into rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, shredding fresh powder in perfect telemark stance, or looking to learn all of the above, we’re here for you. Get up, and get outside!

Physical Education Classes and Backyard Adventures

Course Descriptions

Course fees cover travel, food, instruction, all equipment and lodging where applicable. All courses are subsidized by the OE budget.

To sign up, follow the instructions included in the descriptions.


Financial Aid for PE Classes

A limited amount of financial aid is available to offset the cost of Outdoor Education PE classes. If you receive financial aid from Colgate, and would like to be considered for financial aid for a PE class, please contact Outdoor Ed.

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Backyard Adventures

Backyard Adventures are short, local outings that encourage students to spend more time in the outdoors. BYAs provide free low(er) commitment options to get outside, develop outdoor skills, and meet people. These outings will help you try a new skill while adventuring in and exploring the local area.

Although not a full PE credit, many of these outings will earn you hours towards Wellness Passport credit credit. See descriptions for more information.

Some outings require advanced reservation – you can sign up above.


Pool paddling
Who: Students only

Instruction Provided: 
Yes. OE staff will be in the pool to help you learn how to paddle, wet exit, roll, etc.

Where: Meet at Basecamp - Paddle at the Lineberry Natatorium (Colgate Pool)

When: Tuesdays 3/27-4/24 6:45-9:00pm

Equipment: All equipment is provided.

Passport Hours: 2 hours/session

Limit: 9 people. If you sign up after #9, you'll be added to the waitlist.

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Wellness Walk
Who:  Students only

Instruction Provided: Yes, this will be facilitated byOutdoor Education staff and folks from various departments across campus.

Where: Basecamp

When: Fridays 3/30-4/27 3:30-5:00pm

Passport Hours: 1.5 hours

Limit: None

No reservation needed, just show up!

Past Trips

Check out some photos and video of past trips! Also, contact us for more information.