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August Wilderness gives students the opportunity to begin their Earlham education with a backcountry wilderness adventure that promotes introspection and personal development during this highly transitional point in their lives. Trips are led by student and faculty instructors who aim to facilitate an experience that encourages growth, self-discovery, and learning. Students can select between a Water or Mountain experience. Participants can earn three academic credits. The course fee is $1,895 (deposit of $250 reserves your place, and financial aid is available to those who qualify and apply by June 1, 2017). The application deadline has been extended to June 15, 2017.

Water: This program takes students to Wabakimi Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada, and involves lake and river paddling in the largest wilderness canoe reserve in the world. (Note that all participants need a valid passport to participate in this program due to the border crossing with Canada.)


Mountain: This program takes students to the Uinta Mountains in Utah and involves backpacking in elevations ranging from 8,000 - 13,000 feet.