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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!

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 below.


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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Trail Running Meet-Up
Who: Students only

Instruction Provided:  OE staff will be present to lead the run and give some pointers, but no formal instruction will be provided.

Where: Meet at Basecamp - Running on the campus trails and local parks

When: Wednesdays 3/28-4/24 4:30-5:30pm

Passport Hours: None

Limit:  None

No reservations necessary. Just show up!


Syracuse Rock Gym
Who: Students only

Instruction Provided: No. OE staff are not permitted to provide instruction at the Central Rock Gym.

Where: Meet at Basecamp - Climb at Central Rock in Syracuse

When: Thursdays 3/29-4/26 4:30-10:00pm

Equipment: Gym passes are included. All equipment can be borrowed from Outdoor Ed free of charge.

Passport Hours: None

Limit: 11 people. If you sign up after #11, we'll add you 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!


Local Day Hiking
Who: Students only

Instruction Provided: Yes.  OE staff will be leading the hike and available to teach proper layering, navigation, sense of place, and other skills if needed.

Where: Meet at Basecamp – Hiking location will vary each week

When: Saturdays 3/31-4/21 9:00am-5:00pm

Equipment: You wil need to bring your own hiking boots or sturdy sneakers.  

Passport Hours: 5 hours

Limit: 10 people. If you sign up after #10, we'll add you to the waiting list.

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Outdoor Rock Climbing Outing
Who: Students only

Instruction Provided: Yes. OE staff will lead this trip and will teach you the skills needed to safely climb outdoors

Where: Meet at Basecamp – Climbing destinations will alternate between roped climbing and bouldering destinations. Inclement weather would cause us to go to local climbing gyms instead

When: Sundays 4/1-4/22 9:00am-5:00pm

Equipment: All equipment is included.  

Passport Hours: 5 hours

Limit: 9 people. If you sign up after #9, we'll add you to the waiting list.

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Past Trips

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