Sargent Center for Outdoor Education, a leader in the field of outdoor education for more than 60 years, offers year round programs for adults and children. We serve students, schools, non-profits, religious and social groups, and individual summer campers.
Adults visit Sargent Center for programs combining experience and adventure. Pioneers in experience-based training since the early 1980s, we help groups improve operations via focused, interactive programs. We design programs to help attendees incorporate what they learn and experience at Sargent Center into their daily routines. Groups take part in a series of activities intended to establish a base level of trust and support before moving to more challenging physical, mental, and/or emotional activities. These activities encourage teambuilding, leadership, and trust. The group’s ability to maximize its effectiveness is emphasized over individual effort. Culmination of a Sargent Center experience is often our high ropes course, a series of initiatives and obstacles built 30′-50′ in the air, or scaling our 30′, three-sided outdoor climbing tower.
Schools throughout New England send 5th through 8th graders to Sargent Center for programs designed to increase environmental literacy, build self-confidence, encourage discovery of the natural world, and teach students how to work together to accomplish goals. Ten- to 17-year-olds enjoy Adventure Camp, a coed, overnight summer camp that includes trips throughout New England.
Our 700 acres in the Monadnock region contain 22 miles of trails, large recreational fields, woodlands, and a 60-acre pond. Northern Lodge, with its fieldstone fireplace and post-and-beam construction, is the heart of our facility. Visitors stay in four-season cabins ringing our main meadow. We offer pre-and post-season camping opportunities to groups in our two yurt villages. Sargent Center for Outdoor Education is part of Boston University’s Division of Extended Education.
As an academic institution, we pride ourselves in preparing young professionals for jobs in the environmental, experiential and adventure-based fields. Instructors receive intensive training, close supervision, feedback, and professional development opportunities over 6 months to two-year placements. Opportunities exist to work in several different program capacities during this time. See our individual job listings for more information.