Classroom of the Earth (COE)

There’s nothing like the original! Our Classroom of the Earth (COE) program was groundbreaking more than 25 years ago, and there’s still nothing quite like it anywhere else!The wilderness gets wilder as our students get older, and each trip builds skills to tackle the next one. Nature hikes on the school’s campus in PreK give way to the 8th grade ten-day adventure in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. During their years at Good Shepherd, our students will have hiked over 50 miles, traveled over 5,000 miles, canoed 10 miles, and rafted 11 miles, and experienced much more than nature study. This is real-world education going beyond the walls of our everyday lives.

Students experience a challenging and inspiring self-discovery out in the wilderness, and you’ll be amazed at the places they go and the growth as they venture out of their comfort zones!

In all our COE programming, we teach and follow the 7 principles of Leave No Trace (LNT):

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

 Follow our journey on Twitter!


COE Trip Schedules and Highlights