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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. What better 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.


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

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


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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.


Earlham August Wilderness Histories Project


We have an ongoing project to reconnect with our alumni who went on August Wilderness. We'd love to hear your stories and how August Wilderness affected both your college experience and your life after Earlham. If you fall under this category and would like to contribute and share your story, fill out our questionnaire. We look forward to hearing from you!




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Looking for something a little closer to home? Check out our PLACE (Perspectives on Living and Community Engagement) pre-orientation program based in Richmond, Indiana.

Outdoor Education Program

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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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August Wilderness Program
Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: (765) 983-1367
Fax: (765) 973-2656

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