Opportunities for More Adventure!

While we love getting folks outside, there are SO MANY ways to get out into the outdoors and keep developing your own skills! If you’re interested in pursuing more opportunities in the outdoors, this page is for you.

If you’re an outside organization that would like to be included on this page, or a Batesie who wants to share an organization, send us an email about your programs to outingclub-leadership@bates.edu.

+Alzar School Gap Programs

“Alzar Gap provides high school graduates with life changing experiences while offering tangible leadership training in world class destinations.  If you are seeking something more from your traditional university experience and are excited to learn more about yourself, gain a broader world view, and make authentic connections with diverse people in wild and untamed parts of the world, then Alzar Gap could offer your next step.”

Beginning in 2021, Alzar will be offering semester and year long programs in Patagonia and the American West. Outdoor activities include whitewater paddling and backpacking, and all Alzar programs include an outdoor leadership curriculum.

Learn more at their website: https://alzarschool.org/gap/

+Outward Bound

“Outward Bound is the leading provider of experiential and outdoor education programs for youth and adults. Regardless of who you are or where you are from, there is an Outward Bound course at an Outward Bound School that is right for you. Experience Outward Bound on one of our backpacking tripsmountaineering tripswhitewater rafting tripscanoeing tripsdog sledding expeditions, sailing trips and many other offerings.”

Learn more at their website: www.outwardbound.org


“All NOLS courses, from immersive wilderness expeditions to classroom-based wilderness medicine courses, are designed around learning by experience, mentorship from expert educators, and wilderness. Students finish their courses inspired and empower to act as leaders in their community.”

NOLS offers programs year round, around the world, from a week to a full gap year. If there is an outdoor activity you are interested in pursing, chances are NOLS has a course. NOLS Wilderness Medicine provides opportunities to get training and certifications at all levels of wilderness medicine to help you feel prepared in the backcountry.

Learn more at their website: https://nols.edu/en/