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College Programs

Outdoor Education at Gordon College
One of Gordon’s distinctives is a required outdoor education program as a part of the Core Curriculum and Gordon's First-Year Experience. 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 camping trip to New Hampshire.


All Gordon students are required to complete their Outdoor Education first-year experience before the start of their sophomore year. The La Vida Center recommends signing up for La Vida Expeditions before the start of Orientation or for Discovery during first quad of your freshman year. The Compass program also meets all requirements for this section of the Core Curriculum. Minimal paperwork is needed and can be obtained by contacting . If you have a documented medical condition that prevents you from participating in Discovery or La Vida Expeditions, please contact

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!