Outdoor Leadership Challenge  

Ages: 14 +
Dates: June 22 - June 29 *this program ends on a Friday
Tuition: $1,680
Overnights: 7

Challenge Level:  

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Telluride Academy’s Outdoor Leadership Program is BACK in 2022! This immersive experience will provide students with wilderness skills, environmental education and regional cultural immersion opportunities. We’ll concentrate heavily on teamwork, leadership, community and sustainable outdoor practices. Our first day will focus on introductions and will focus on team building games and initiatives. On day two we will start our backpacking trip, which will take us up high into the alpine for three days and two nights of high altitude exploration. Guided by experts from the Telluride Institute, we'll study local wildlife habitats, learn about unique ecosystems, hike below soaring peaks and participate in thought-provoking reading and journaling activities. 

During the second half of the trip we'll visit Fozzie's Farm! While at Fozzie’s Farm, course participants will spend three days exploring Montezuma County’s rich cultural heritage.  The area is home to the Ute Mountain Ute tribe and borders the Navajo Nation.  The Hopi, Zuni, Acoma, and other Pueblo tribes have strong ties to the region as well. Fozzie’s Farm and Ute Mountain Ute specialists will give us true, unique insight into issues facing our environment and our communities. We'll learn about the cultural importance of the land,  participate in a volunteer project and share a homemade meal with Elders from the native community.


 To culminate our experience, we’ll drive down to Durango where we will spend a day rafting the Animas River! We’ll celebrate with lunch on the way back to Telluride and grant sweet goodbyes to all the wonderful and new friends we’ve made!

Program Itinerary: *Subject to change

Day 1

Meet and Greets! Team building activities and a local campout.

Day 2-3

High alpine backpacking!

Day 4

Last morning on the trail. Hike back to the van and drive to Fozzie's Farm to camp.

Day 5-6

Fozzie's Farm!

Day 7

Last morning at Fozzies. Drive to Durango and camp.

Day 8

Raft the Animas! Celebrate and home.

*A detailed itinerary will be available on the first
day of the program. Schedule subject to change

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*Students are required to provide a proper trekking backpack for this program.

A negative COVID-19 test will be required for students attending this program. We are working on our current policies and will send more information about this requirement in the spring.

Attending this program makes you eligible for our 2023 NOLS partnership expedition to ALASKA! Click the logo to learn more about Expedition Academy and our upcoming partnership with NOLS! (Must be 15 by summer 2023)