New Student Orientation

Peak Experiences at FLC

Peak Experiences

One of the best ways to transition to college life is through participation in one of our Peak Experiences. Whether it's hiking through the San Juan mountain range, touring a local farm, engaging in cultural activities, or challenging your leadership beliefs, this will be an amazing way to begin your academic adventure at FLC!

Financial assistance is available for those that qualify.


Ignite U – LeaderShape Institute

Ignite U is a six-day leadership retreat utilizing the LeaderShape Institute curriculum that will challenge you to lead with integrity while working towards a vision grounded in your deepest values. You will explore not only what you want to do, but who you want to be. This program will be led by faculty, staff, and current students and is designed to provide you with skills that stretch beyond your college career.  One FLC student participant said – “I have had one of the most inspirational, emotional, and educational weeks of my life with new friendships, connections, and a new family.  I have never felt so happy and excited for my future.”

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When: July 8-13, 2018
Where: Hesperus Camp
Number of students: 60
Student cost: $150


Native Skyway to Success: The Native First Year Experience (NS2S)

NS2S participants will interact with peers from multiple tribal communities.  Over 160 tribal nations are represented at Fort Lewis College from as far north as the Arctic Circle to the Southern reaches of the eastern seaboard.  You will build community through experiential development, and focus on building academic capital within the College community so that your first year of college is a success.

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When: August 19-23, 2018
Where: Campus
Number of students: 50
Student cost: $50


The Eco Roadshow: An exploration of Durango’s farms, rivers, solar arrays, and wildlands

Join the Environmental Center’s student staff to harvest veggies and cook a meal on a local, organic farm, whitewater raft the Animas River while learning about water issues in the west, and plant native grasses to restore a mountain wetland (and thus our drinking water). Nights will be filled with campfires, stars, and stories. Together, we will build powerful friendships, a real connection to this place, unforgettable memories, and a deeper understanding of social justice and sustainability through DOING it.

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When: August 19-23, 2018
Where: Durango-area campgrounds, farms, rivers, solar arrays, and wildlands
Number of students: 30
Student cost: $200


Summit the San Juans

Start your college career off with an exhilarating five-day backpacking trip through the rugged and beautiful San Juan Mountains.  Your new backyard is full of alpine meadows, trout filled lakes, deep forests, and jagged high peaks, so why not explore it with a group of your new peers?  This backcountry experience is led by student leaders who have been trained in wilderness first aid, Leave-No-Trace ethics and group facilitation skills. 

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When: August 19-23, 2018
Where: Weminuche Wilderness Area, San Juan Mountains
Number of students: 80
Student cost: $300