Custom Programs for Colleges & Universities

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NCOAE’s Educational Partnership With Colleges & Universities

Secondary education institutions have specific needs that we can help develop and support. From incoming freshman orientation programs and campus group leadership development and training to courses that are integrated with existing curriculum and qualify for academic course credit, NCOAE is a trusted programming partner for colleges and universities that are dedicated to outdoor and experiential education and differentiating themselves from peer institutions.


Participation in curriculum-based outdoor education programs contributes to higher retention rates, higher grade averages, and positive changes in students. From outdoor education and wilderness-based training and development programs to risk management consulting and policy development for wilderness-based medical education, NCOAE helps colleges and universities deliver educational courses and medical training programs.

Partnering with institutes across the US, these custom programs can be tailored to best fit your school’s budget – whether that means keeping courses and trainings on the Pacific Northwest or expanding to the East coast and beyond.

What You Control

You create the program, working with your own:

  • Budget
  • Vision
  • Goals
  • Objectives
  • Choice of location
  • Trip duration
  • Curriculum
  • Your school’s COVID protocols
  • Staff & volunteers to assist

What We Provide

  • Location scouting
  • Itinerary development
  • World-class field instructors
  • Online enrollment
  • General liability insurance
  • Trip permits
  • Participant gear & accessories
  • Health protocols following CDC and your school’s direction
  • Risk management protocols
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Pre- & post-trip meetings
  • Online learning management system

What Students Receive

  • Challenging adventures
  • Curriculum-based lessons
  • Enhanced health and safety measures, including daily health checks with temperature readings
  • Leave No Trace training
  • Washable face coverings
  • Memories to last a lifetime
  • Acquisition of new or improved outdoor skills
  • Bonding experience with classmates
  • Safety & Risk Management training



Request a Free Custom Outdoor Education Program Proposal - College & University

Does your school have an existing outdoor education program or annual trip?(Required)


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens next?

Once we receive your info, our director of custom programs or executive director will be in touch to gather some additional details about the program you envision for your school. Once we have everything we need, we’ll send you a thoughtfully composed proposal for us to discuss together.

How does NCOAE protect my privacy and keep my information secure?

We know security and privacy are important to you – and they’re important to us, too. We will never sell your information or data — nor will we pester you about our services.

How long will it take to receive a proposal?

As long as we have everything we need, about a week or so. If you’re in rush, just say so and we’ll do our best to get something over to you sooner!

Rather than filling out the form, may I call your office to ask a few questions first?

Yes! We’d love to hear from you. Our office is open Mon.-Fri. from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. You can reach us by calling: (910) 399-8090.

Be Smart About Your School’s Outdoor Education

We can help you design adventure-based experiential education programs that are COVID-safe and worth your time and investment!