The programs advised by the Colorado College Outdoor Education Department provide CC students with opportunities for real world challenge, adventure, leadership, and service outside of the classroom. Programs and initiatives conducted by Outdoor Education enhance the knowledge, skills, and leadership development of students through outdoor and community service experiences.
We strive to serve anyone and everyone interested in participating in Colorado College's Outdoor Education program; whether it is being a part of the program as a leader, a participant, or simply being a member of one of the many student organizations such as the Outdoor Recreation Committee. The Office of Outdoor Education seeks to provide inclusive and exciting outdoor experiences for all interested students. If you have any questions about the accessibility of our programs or feel inhibited from participating in any way, please contact us or drop by to see us about helping to meet your needs so we can create the best experience possible.
Colorado College is committed to providing outdoor education opportunities for all its students. To achieve this, Outdoor Education is awarding financial aid to students for trips and courses on a case by case basis, up to 50% of the trip cost. We are looking for candidates with quality applications who demonstrate the greatest need. People who are currently receiving financial aid from CC are eligible to apply. Click here to apply: https://apps.ideal-logic.com/ccoe?key=cfc6d99ce0
This year we have an awesome array of Spring Break trips going out!
Backcountry Level II Leader Training trips to the Dirty Devil River and Escalante Canyon! They will be putting their skills to the test as they learn all about map and compass skills, river crossings, LNT camping, class III travel techniques, and more! All while exploring some of the most beautiful canyons in Utah!
The Spring Break Utah Roadtrip: ORC legend, Colter Fatt, takes a group of students on a whirlwind tour of Utah's National Parks! On the list are Zion, Bryce, Arches, and Canyonlands! They'll even be visiting the longest slot canyon in the United States, Buckskin Gulch!
Level II Raft Leader Training: they'll be heading down Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River, learning how to setup a proper raft camp, navigate Class II/III rapids, and make good decisions in the backcountry!
Hut to Hut Backcountry Ski Trip: an intrepid crew will be heading to the San Juans to traverse the Sneffels Range and ski some pow along the way! 10 days of travelling between 4 different huts. Talk about an epic ski trip!
The Southern Utah Stewardship Project: we have teamed up with the Rocky Mountain Field Institute and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance to create a trip that embodies the Outdoor Education mission: service, stewardship and recreation! The trip starts with building an access trail to the Pistol Whipped Wall in Indian Creek, then the group gets to try crack climbing on the walls they were servicing. Afterwards, the group meets up with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance to investigate some of the threats to the greater canyonlands area and meet with local business owners, non-profits, and environmental advocates to discuss the finer points of conservation. Lastly, the group will embark on a 5-day backpacking trip in the seldom-explored Hatch Wash. The whole trip will be documented by CC Film students and an advocacy film will be created to petition for the protection of greater canyonlands!
BreakOut's Alternative Spring Break Service Trips: we have a trip going to New Orleans to work for an urban farming non-profit, and another trip headed to Santa Monica to volunteer at a beachside community center! They will be exploring the local culture while they help provide much needed service at both of these sites!