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Black Hills

Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program

Who We Are

The Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program (COLP) is a student-led organization for Outdoor Education Majors and other outdoor enthusiasts.

What We Do

Each fall, the leadership team meets to select the goals and activities for the year. Generally, activities fall into the following categories:

  • Outdoor Outings: Things like rock climbing, hikes, picnics, skiing, tubing, fly fishing, fly tying, kayak rolling clinic...it's up to the active members to decide.
  • Outdoor Seminars/Classes: COLP has sponsored kayak rolling clinics, rock climbing skills seminars, and fly tying. 
  • Service Events: Last  year, COLP sponsored a "Fun in the Fieldhouse" activity day for community youth, picked up trash around Mirror Lake, and adopted a trail.
  • Fundraisers: COLP raises money each year to support its activities. One large fundraiser is the Open Rock Wall Nights, in which COLP members open the rock wall to the public for a small fee. COLP members also work closely with The Outdoor Education Program to provide non-credit programs to groups such as ropes course, rock climbing classes, fly fishing, and canoeing. This is for a small fee.
  • Fun: Join us for our world-famous semester picnics, which usually involve bad weather, Dutch oven experiments, beanie-weenies, and grilled food.