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Wilderness Program 50th Anniversary

Wilderness ProgramWilderness Program 50th Anniversary

2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Earlham Wilderness Program, now known as the EC Outdoor Education Program. The Wilderness Program was started in 1971 by a small group of Earlham faculty members dedicated to the value of experiential education. You can join the celebration!


Submit Your Stories   |   Plan a Trip   |   Homecoming 2021   |   Donate   |   Contact

Submit Your Stories

August Wilderness water trip, 2014.

We are compiling a book of Wilderness and Outdoor Education history and alumni experiences. We welcome your contribution! We are looking for stories of personal growth and discovery during Earlham Wilderness and Outdoor Education programs, whether it was an epiphany during an afternoon of the ropes course or a funny moment on trail. Share your story by clicking on the link below or by posting it to the Facebook group "Earlham College Wilderness (Past and Present)." The book will be available for purchase by Homecoming 2021.

Plan a Trip

Do you have an idea for a trip that you want to lead? Organize a trip for your fellow alumni and have some companionship for your travels. Please fill out the form below and we will highlight available trips here. Use #EarlhamWilderness50 on social media to share photos from your trips!

August Wilderness mountain trip students look at a map, 2018.

Homecoming 2021

August Wilderness alumni gathering, 2013.

Watch this space for Wilderness-specific events at Homecoming 2021. Can't wait to celebrate with you there!


Earlham’s Outdoor Education Program is integral to the Earlham experience. Ensure that future generations have access to wilderness opportunities by donating. Watch this space and contact Associate Director of Alumni Engagement Nick Johnson at johnsni@earlham.edu for more information.

August Wilderness mountain trip student and faculty leaders, 2018.


Kim Reid

Kim Reid
Director of Outdoor Education

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson
Associate Director of Alumni Engagement

August Wilderness Student Leaders

Student Leaders from left to right: Jordan Lehman ‘19, Thea Clarkberg ‘22, Jessie Fanini ‘22 and Kai Kim ‘21.

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