August Wilderness

Start College Early with an Adventure of a Lifetime!

August Wilderness is a pre-orientation experience for incoming first year and transfer students at Earlham College. Since 1971, Earlham students have started their college careers on a wilderness expedition, making new friends, interacting with faculty members, and gaining self-confidence and self-sufficiency. It is very simply the best way to start your college career.

Applications for the 2016 adventure will be available soon; the deadline will June 1! 

Check out a NEW week-long preorientation, PLACE (Perspectives on Living and Community Engagement) based in Richmond, Indiana. 

But don't just take our word for it, check out our testimonials from the national media, past participants, faculty and parents.

Listen to a recent Earlham Podcast where Center for Integrated Learning Director Jay Roberts and previous faculty leader Gail Clark discuss the program and its outcomes.



Water Wilderness

Western Ontario's beautiful "Caribou Forest" is the site of this course. It is a unique wilderness waterway of lakes, rivers, bogs and northern boreal forest.





Mountain Wilderness

Utah's rugged Uinta Mountains are the site of this expedition. It is a spectacular range of alpine meadows, rocky summits and glacial lakes.





AW_FriendsFor more than 40 years, August Wilderness has been instrumental in helping students transition to college and life at Earlham. Read more

Apply to be a leader for August Wilderness!

2016 Application coming soon!

Fill out the 2015 Application Form!

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August Wilderness Program
Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: (765) 983-1893
Fax: (765) 973-2656

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The Outdoor Education Program aims to foster personal, social and academic growth while exploring the natural world.

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801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
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