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Outdoor Leadership Challenge  

Ages: 14 +
Dates: June 20 - July 1 *this program ends on a Friday
Tuition: $3,150
Overnights: 11

Challenge Level:  

Telluride Academy’s Outdoor Leadership Program is BACK in 2022! This immersive, two-week 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 two days will focus on introductions, both to each other and our partner organizations, Telluride Institute and Montezuma Land Conservancy. On day three we will start our backpacking trip, which will take us up high into the alpine for four days and three 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 Bluff, Utah where we will launch the San Juan River for a three day, two night river trip with Wild Expeditions. Our expert guides will take us to hidden ruins and Ancestral Puebloan rock art sites that are only accessible by water craft. We’ll hear ample stories about Ancestral Pueblo culture and the history of the sacred San Juan before taking out and heading home.  We’ll celebrate with tacos 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 introductory activity with Montezuma Land Conservancy. 

Day 2

Intro hike and environmental science project with Telluride Institute.

Days 3 - 5

Multi-day backpacking trip! Explore and participate in environmental education workshops with Telluride Institute.

Day 6

Last morning on the trail. Hike out, pack up the van and drive to Fozzie's Farm.

Days 7 - 9

Fozzie's Farm. Learn about the rich cultural history of the southwest.

Days 10-11

Launch the San Juan River with Wild Expeditions! Camp along the shores and explore hidden ruins and ancient rock art.

Day 12

Take-out and celebrate with tacos! Drive home and say goodbye. Thanks for a great program!

*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 here to learn more about Expedition Academy and our upcoming partnership with NOLS!