Students can choose to enroll in Wilderness Orientation: a three-week backpacking expedition in the remote desert mountains and canyons of Arizona. Students develop a sense of place and make connections to the Southwest through rigorous backcountry travel, map and wilderness navigation, and by studying the natural and cultural history of their route. Students become functional and valuable members of the community through curriculum that focuses on interpersonal communication, group process, and most importantly, compassion and respect for others and themselves. Through individual research projects, a solo experience, leadership training, and service projects, students participate fully in this interdisciplinary Liberal Arts course. Additionally, Wilderness Orientation satisfies the foundational field prerequisite that students will need for field-based courses. With our history as a pioneer of outdoor orientation programming since 1968, you can rest assured that our backpacking routes are achievable and accessible, our staff of outdoor education instructors are experienced guides and adventure educators, and our extensive risk management and safety practices are well vetted.
Students can also choose to enroll in Community-Based Orientation. This Orientation course is intended to orient new students to the college’s unique educational philosophy, structure, and community in a non-wilderness or expeditionary format. Instead, through the context of, individual research projects, service learning opportunities, day hikes, field trips, and a possible solo experience, students develop a sense of place and explore the ecological, political, and cultural histories of their new home. By building connections to the Southwest, one another, and Prescott College學生努力成為一個有價值的社區的有效成員，同時學習人際交往和領導技能，最重要的是，同情和尊重他人和自己。 為了幫助那些有身體，家庭，醫療或其他需求的學生，本課程以普雷斯科特為基礎，經常實地考察，並可能延長實地過夜時間。 但請注意，本課程不符合許多實地課程所要求的現場先決條件的要求 Prescott College。 註冊取決於Orientation Director的批准。