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Classes and Outings

Whether you’re into backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, skiing, or looking to learn all of the above, we’re here for you. Get up, and get outside!
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Physical Education Classes

We offer a wide range of physical education trips and outings during every season! In a physical education class with OE, you'll get off campus for a chance to disconnect, meet a dynamic group of adventurous people, and learn a new skill.

All trips are lead by student staff in the Outdoor Education program who have been through our rigorous staff training program.

Sign ups happen five times per year - early fall, late fall, winter, spring, and summer. Check back here for new schedules and sign ups.

Class Descriptions

Check out this seasons PE offerings below.


Registration Form

Register by following the link in the PE descriptions, or use the button below.
Registration opens Tuesday 3/18 at 10 am.


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.

Backyard Adventures

Backyard Adventures (BYA) are short, local outings that encourage students to spend more time in the outdoors. BYAs provide free low 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.
Backyard Adventures are a collaboration between Outdoor Education and the Shaw Wellness Institute and as such are offered free of charge. 
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BYA Descriptions

Check out our current BYA offerings.


BYA Registration

Register by following the link in the BYA descriptions, or use the button below.
Registration opens Tuesday 10/2 at 10 am.