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August Wilderness

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.

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

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


Mountain Wilderness
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.

Water Wilderness
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.



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

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Place _2015Looking for something a little closer to home? Check out a NEW week-long pre-orientation, PLACE (Perspectives on Living and Community Engagement) based in Richmond, Indiana. 


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

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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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