Early College Outdoor Intensive

Are you a teen with a passion for the outdoors and a desire to learn practical skills and leadership?

Through our partnership with the University of Maine Early College, we are excited to be able to offer this for-credit experience Early College program at Tanglewood this summer.

Through this two-week intensive course, you will learn four college credits that will launch you on your way to a degree at UMaine or can be applied to most other colleges and universities.

Apply now at ExplorEC or email um.earlycollege@maine.edu.

For more information call the UM Early College Program office at 207.581.8024 

KPE 265 (3-course credits)

This is an introductory course in outdoor and adventure activities, forming the foundation of an outdoor leadership education. The course focuses primarily on participation in four different activity categories: canoeing; bouldering and climbing; hiking and orienteering; and challenge course. The canoeing portion of the course will include instruction in paddling techniques while keeping in mind environmental and equipment considerations for safely leading groups on day and overnight trips. The climbing portion of the course emphasizes the fundamental skills and safety knowledge needed for indoor bouldering and top-rope climbing, including risk management and belay certification. During orienteering, students will learn and practice essential map and compass skills. In the challenge course portion of the course, students will learn about and practice the educational concepts behind facilitating and processing adventure-based activities.

KPE 207 (1-course credit)

This course provides foundational knowledge and skills needed to deal with medical and traumatic emergencies in remote settings. Topics include patient assessment, musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries, wound care and infection, environmental emergencies, spinal cord management and moving patients, anaphylaxis and other medical emergencies, and CPR/AED. Successful completion of this course carries a nationally-recognized Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification, and meets the medical training requirements for being a Registered Maine Guide, Maine Camp Trip Leader, and Maine Educational Leader.


Registration: Participants must complete enrollment with the University of Maine Early College Program. Once that is completed we will send you an invitation to enroll for the Tanglewood portion of the program.

Tuition for this course is free for Maine high school students (public school & homeschoolers). Tuition for out-of-state students and Maine private school students is $145.00 per credit for a total fee of $580.00.

Early college enrollment link

Tanglewood Overnight fees: $900.00, scholarships available, including all housing, meals, and certification fees.

Ages: 15-18, group size 12 participants

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Program Dates: July 21-August 2, 2024