The Earlham College Outdoor Education program is proud to partner with other outdoors institutions to provide more opportunities to our students.
Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO)
SOLO is the oldest continuously operating wilderness medicine school in the world and is based out of Conway, New Hampshire. They offer backcountry medicine trainings all over the world, ranging from basic 2-day wilderness first aid courses to multi-week wilderness EMT and Geo Medic courses. Because they are able to send instructors to different venues, Earlham has been able to host a Wilderness First Responder and First Aid course for over 10 years. This course takes place during the very beginning of May and is open to Earlham students as well as individuals from the nearby community.
Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS)
VOBS is the second oldest Outward Bound base in the country and operates out of Ely, Minnesota and the Twin Cities. The majority of canoeing courses take place in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness along the border between the US and Canada, but VOBS also offers sea kayaking courses on Lake Superior, backpacking on the Superior hiking trail, and in the winter, cross country skiing/dogsledding courses on the frozen lakes of the Boundary Waters. Every other year, Earlham offers a weeklong dogsledding trip to Earlham students that is facilitated by VOBS. Students receive a discounted rate, Earlham Wellness credit, and get to travel to northern Minnesota to experience the wonders of winter with their peers.
Wild Rockies Field Institute (WRFI)
WRFI is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana that offers extended backcountry and experiential education opportunities for college aged students. They are able to offer credit through the University of Montana, which transfers back to Earlham. Their academically rigorous courses incorporate cultural and natural history, backcountry skill development, and current issues to address various themes that shape the courses. Courses range from biking across Montana to exploring the canyons of the Colorado Plateau to backpacking through the Rockies. They offer both full semester courses as well as shortened summer semester courses. Earlham students can choose to enroll in one of these semester courses as their off-campus semester and transfer the credit they earn back to Earlham. This relatively recent arrangement is an exciting opportunity for students who want to pursue outdoor education, environmental studies, or simply try something different!