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Environmental Education | Higher Education


Outdoor orientation programs at four-year colleges and universities have a rich history of easing student's transition into college and helping students be successful. Collegebound is the outdoor orientation program for first year or transfer students at St. Ben's and St. John's. This program itself has a rich history with almost 30 years of trips that began in 1987. Recently the program grew nearly 50% in one year alone and received its highest participation rate in its history with 63 student participants in 2015. Collegebound is more than just a wilderness trip, but rather an experience that fosters community, learning, healthy risk taking, and leadership development. Outdoor orientation programs provide significant benefits to students and the future of this program will benefit both students and the institutions in years ahead. Learn not only about the history of this beneficial program but also about outdoor orientation programs across the country, program outcomes and how they continue to be successful.