Department of Recreation and Wellness

Outdoor Program - Freshman Wilderness Experience

Freshman Wilderness Experience combines the exciting adventure of an Outdoor Program expedition with the knowledge gained through a First Year Program BGSU 1000 course.

When on the expedition students are joined by six other first year students with two trained Outdoor Program staff members and one BGSU faculty member.

Once fall term begins a regular class is composed of all students who participate in Freshman Wilderness Experience expeditions, providing for a common bond.

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Summer 2014 Sessions

Session I: July 23 - 30
Session II: August 1 - 8


Freshman Wilderness Experience is an orientation program in which only incoming freshmen may enroll. Though the program is open to anyone and previous outdoor experience is not necessary, it is recommended that one be in good physical condition to participate.

College Credit

Freshman Wilderness Experience couples a week long expedition with two upperclassmen and a BGSU faculty member. These individuals facilitate outdoor learning skills in the field. When students return to BGSU they meet with a class regularly to cover the remainder of the BGSU 1000 course curriculum. Enrolling in this program registers students in a BGSU 1000 Freshman Wilderness Experience based class that is worth 3 academic credits.

Program Costs

Because the Freshman Wilderness Experience program is a modified form of a BGSU 1000 class, the tuition cost remains the same as for any three-credit first-year class.

In addition, there is a $330 fee paid to the Outdoor Program to cover costs related to facilitating the backpacking expedition or $380 for the canoeing expedition. This fee is separate from the standard tuition and must be paid no later than three weeks prior to the expedition's departure. This cost covers transportation, staffing, lodging, all equipment, and dinners during the expedition.

A $150 deposit is required up front to reserve a spot.