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Leadership Expeditions


Adirondack Leadership Expedition

Our Adirondack Leadership Expedition is a multi-day paddling trip in the beautiful Adirondack Lakes Region of Upstate New York. During the trip, students study and practice leadership techniques while developing their canoeing, camping and portaging skills. The two-person canoe allows pairs to work on communication, feedback, and coaching skills. This trip offers a unique and influential experiential education experience in a serene setting. 

Adirondack Expedition: An opportunity to practice leadership

Big Bend Expedition

Far from Cayuga’s Waters, our Big Bend Expedition is a multi-day river trip on the Rio Grande. We gather in Big Bend National Park, Texas for an exceptional outdoor experience that includes canoeing, camping, and hiking. Instructors integrate leadership lessons into every program day so that students can apply new skills throughout the trip and reflect on their development. 

Students on Big Bend Expedition 2022 reviewing the map before setting out on the river

Design your own Leadership Expedition!

Multi-day trips in the style of Outward Bound or NOLS are a great way to combine leadership development, fun and memorable experiences that strengthen your group. These can range from 2-10 day trips, anywhere in the world. Our Cornell instructors often team up with local guides to create an experience that is educational, individualized, and authentic. Many of our Leadership Expeditions are designed for people who have limited experience adventuring outdoors, so you don’t need to have technical skills to have a fantastic time!

Past Trips: 

  • Annapurna Trek in Nepal
  • Tree Climbing in Costa Rica
  • Red Rocks Climbing Trip

Where do you want to go?

Let us design the perfect Leadership Expedition for you and your group!


Group of students standing on rocky mountain top