A Frontier Wilderness Learning Experience

Our outdoor and leadership curriculum is based on a frontier wilderness experience that explores topics such as geology, atmospheric sciences, natural history, and conservation biology. Each area of focus includes leadership, cultural exchange, and personal and group development and reflection.

  • High Mountain Institute - Currently working to design a program for 2019. The intent is to journey through breathtaking landscapes in pursuit of outdoor adventures while working on real-world conservation issues.
  • National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) - We share a long and fruitful relationship with NOLS, whose courses have operated on and through PF properties for decades.  We've welcomed over a thousand NOLS students and instructors to our wilderness home.  Patagonia Frontiers and NOLS have worked closely together on wilderness leadership and skills expeditions, logistical support, special projects, and evacuation and emergency response.  We're fortunate to have known many NOLS graduates as members of our work crew program and staff, and as guests and clients.  NOLS instructors and students know they're always welcome to a warm kitchen, a shared meal and a helping hand in the middle of the wilderness.
  • St. Thomas Aquinas High School - Designed and conducted a Winterterm Program for the 2017-2018 school year. Topics covered observation, identification and interpretation of landscape and how it was shaped, aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity, and global, national and regional importance of old-growth forests and pristine watersheds.
  • Riverdale Country School - Arranged logistics and guided hiking for a portion of their 2017 spring break outdoor leadership trip to Patagonia putting their hiking, camping and wilderness preparedness skills to the test.
  • Summit for Stem Cell - Collaborated on a fundraising trek in the Peruvian Andes and a visit to Machu Picchu in October (2016). Summit for Stem Cell is a grassroots volunteer entity that exists solely to fund and support the research being conducted at the Loring lab in an effort to develop a patient-specific stem cell therapy for Parkinson's disease.
  • North Country Camps (NCC) - Educational experience for graduating NCC workgroup members, 15 and 16-year olds, to spend an additional summer together on an extended four-week wilderness expedition before heading in new directions. 
    • NCC Alaska Trip Itinerary
    • NCC Bolivia Trip Itinerary
  • Jempe Center - Collaborated to offer a 12-day, expedition-based leadership journey in the remote wilds of Patagonia, Chile.  Focused on building a pathway to fulfilling a life of vitality, freedom, and purpose. Summary Video of Trip.
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business - Three-day intensive in understanding the confluence of conservation and business through visiting the region, learning about conservation efforts, and local business. 
  • Lakefield College School - Two week wilderness skills, leadership and communication program along The Gaucho Way to the Northern Patagonia Icefield.  Students backpacked, rode horses, and assisted in a community service project.
  • The Bush School - Collaborated to offer regional logistics and home stays and provide emergency protocols and evacuation support during the school's semester programs.  Guided a wilderness backpacking trip for students and staff in the Solér Valley along The Gaucho Way, where students assisted with community service projects.
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland - Five-day wilderness training combining academic rigor with environmental training in an extraordinary setting leading to a Master's Leave No Trace (LNT) certification.  
  • Steamboat Mountain School, formerly The Lowell Whiteman School -  Students backpacked alongside homesteading Gauchos, visited the Pleistocene Icefield, and assisted in a trail building project benefiting the local community as part of their global immersion studies program. The program combines cultural immersion, adventure, community building, and self-discovery during multi-week trips.
  • US DoD - Custom program that concentrated on small group mountaineering skills and mountain travel techniques.
  • The Prouty Project (strategic planning and leadership consultancy) - Collaborated on a program with client groups to achieve clarity on purpose and vision, create alignment on strategy, and gain commitment on execution.  The natural outdoor environment provides unique opportunities for extraordinary breakthroughs in institutional change through building trust and inspiring confidence.
  • Leave No Trace, Master Educator Course - Leave No Trace is built on seven core principles that are used to communicate the best available minimum impact guidance for enjoying the outdoors responsibly. The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace were developed to help educate and guide recreationists in sustainable minimum impact practices that mitigate or avoid recreation-related impacts.

Please contact us for more detailed information of our educational programs.