Outdoor Education

Since 1971, Earlham has been at the forefront of training leaders and educators—and our program has become recognized nationally. The unique, liberal arts approach combines on-campus courses, field experiences and leadership practica for developing both technical and interpersonal skills. You’ll also find a variety of ways to explore the outdoors, get involved on campus and learn new skills.

Students outside with binoculars and a net


Summer wilderness

Earlham’s long-standing pre-orientation program is the ideal way to start the Earlham College experience. Incoming first year students have the opportunity to go road-tripping “out west” for backpacking in the Uinta Mountains of Utah. Forming lifelong friendships, gaining leadership training, and receiving an introduction to Earlham’s integrated curriculum opportunities (3 academic credits awarded) are just some of the benefits of this unique experience. For many students, Summer Wilderness starts off a rewarding relationship with the Outdoor Education program.

MWOLC in lights
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The Midwest Outdoor Leadership Conference (MWOLC)

The Midwest Outdoor Leadership Conference (MWOLC) is a student-run outdoor leadership conference that occurs each year, hosted by various colleges and universities throughout the Midwest. The weekend consists of workshops, networking opportunities, a Q&A panel, and a keynote address, as well as many fun activities. This conference is an opportunity for undergraduate students interested in the field of outdoor recreation and education to unite and learn from each other, developing their leadership and technical skills, while making connections with others that may influence their future careers or hobbies.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

Created to provide outdoor leaders with the knowledge needed to deal with crises in remote settings, WFR is an 80-hour certification course that meets all DOT national standards for First Responder with additional protocols for extended care situations. The curriculum includes protocols for patient assessment, extended care, and wilderness rescue. Wilderness First Responder (WFR) takes place during the summer term and is taught by Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO), a globally recognized wilderness medicine school. 

Please email [email protected] or call 765-983-1790 for further registration details.

2021 DatesCost
June 1-9, 2021 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.$595