College & University Outdoor Leadership Programs

Outdoor Education for College and Continuing Education Students

At Northern Outdoors, our custom outdoor leadership programs are one of the most rewarding services we get to offer to young adults. Using experiential education, students learn a wealth of skills and industry expert insights in outdoor recreation sports, recreation leadership, risk management, sustainable tourism, group dynamics, team building, and much more. We can create the ideal experiential education program to meet your students’ needs with flexible itineraries, diverse activities, and varied course durations.


Custom programs can range from a one-day college sports team trip and student orientation to more complex, multi-day curriculum-based programs. long-running custom college programs designed for Keene State College  and Johnson & Wales University, for example, run from 7 to 28 days in length.

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Outdoor Recreation Leadership Programs

Example: Keene State College Winter & Summer Courses

These hands-on, seven-day outdoor leadership courses deliver 4 undergraduate credits as participants explore the trails and landscape of western Maine. The course is available in the winter and summer. Students are housed in comfortable lodge accommodations throughout the program.

Winter Courses: Team Building, Leadership Skills, Snowmobiling, Skiing, Map and Compass, Snowshoeing, and Snowboarding. See photos and story from the 2017 winter course.

Summer Courses: Team Building, Leadership Skills, Rafting, Climbing, Hiking and Map and Compass..


Expert Facilitators and Guides

Led by long-time Northern Outdoors guides and experienced educators Sandra Howard, PhD, and Brent Arsenault, MS Education, these week-long interdisciplinary courses are open to matriculated and non-matriculated continuing education students who want to explore outdoor recreational leadership qualities, styles, and group dynamics from multiple perspectives (physical education, environmental science, sociology, communication).


Custom Programs Meet Your Group’s Needs

All programs and packages are customized to your group’s specific needs. Please contact us and we’ll gladly help you meet – and surpass- your organization’s goals!

Keene State College Summer Course

Rock Climbing at Acadia National Park - JWU College Program
Johnson & Wales University Summer Course: Acadia National Park to Northern Outdoors


Spent a week up at Northern Outdoors. First impressions were fantastic. A city kid going up north with no ideas as to what the place has to offer, I was blown away by the accommodations and staff. In that week, we were given the best hospitality by Russell, Brent, Sandy and Greg.

Errol F. Providence, RI

Trip Location

The Forks Maine rafting adventure resort map - Northern Outdoors


Rafting, Hiking, Climbing, Skiing, Ropes Courses, Compass Navigation, Snowshoeing…