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College Programs

Outdoor Education at Gordon College
One of Gordon’s distinctives is a required outdoor education experience during every student’s first year as a part of the Core Curriculum. The focus for both of these options is on goal-setting, community, reflective learning, and growing in Christ, and both are designed to serve as a catalyst for personal growth and leadership development.

Learn more about La Vida College Expeditions

Intensive 12-day wilderness experience that promotes leadership, confidence and growth in community. La Vida Expeditions include outdoor rock climbing, ropes course, orienteering and a solo experience.


Learn more about the Discovery Course

Seven-week outdoor activities course that develops trust, responsibility and self-confidence. Discovery includes initiative games, ropes course, indoor rock climbing and an overnight weekend in New Hampshire.


An additional option (available for those with a medical limitation by petition only) is Concepts of Wellness, which promotes physical fitness and wellness.

As you consider your options, here is a guide to Gordon's Outdoor Education requirement and the La Vida College Programs brochure. These resources provide additional information and details which may assist in your decision-making process. Don't hesitate to contact the with any questions you may have!