Outdoor Leadership and Education


Take your education outdoors!

Lycoming College provides students with many opportunities to grow professionally and build leadership skills outside of the classroom through enhanced educational experiences. Toward that end, the college launched its Outdoor Leadership and Education program in 2016.

Learning while doing is one of the most effective ways to gain and apply new knowledge and skills. Lycoming Outdoor Leadership and Education is committed to providing students with opportunities to learn and grow through intentionally-designed outdoor experiences in an adventure-filled, fun environment.

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We offer students a variety of opportunities to engage in outdoor education at any skill level. Our trips and certification classes include:

  • Backpacking
  • Flatwater Kayaking
  • Whitewater Kayaking
  • Instructor Training
  • Leave No Trace Training
  • Wilderness Medicine Courses
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Wilderness Survival

 Spring 2018 Trips


Jae Ellison

Jae Ellison

As the Director of Outdoor Education, Jae leads the Department of Outdoor Education in all aspects of the program including development, training, and safety and risk management.

Jae earned a bachelor’s degree in outdoor leadership from North Greenville University and a master’s degree of education in outdoor education administration from Georgia College & State University. Jae is a Wilderness EMT and a wilderness medical instructor through SOLO Wilderness Medical School. Prior to joining Lycoming College, Jae worked as the program director at Glendale Outdoor Leadership School where he trained others in outdoor activity specific skills, challenge course management, and wilderness medicine.