Outdoor Adventure Program

Experience Wisconsin’s beautiful Northwoods through the Nicolet College Outdoor Adventure program. On your path expert instructors will open new doors and teach you new skills all while nurturing a greater appreciation and understanding of our natural world.

There's something for everyone


Develop New Skills


Enjoy the Great Outdoors


Bring the Family

Summer Classes
  • Camp Pizza on the Manitowish River
  • Loon Paddle on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage
  • Dog-Powered Silent Sports
  • Mountain Biking
  • Interpretive Nature Hikes & Paddles
  • Canoeing, Kayaking & Paddleboarding
  • Kayak Cookout on the Willow Flowage
  • Primitive Fire Starting
  • Wild Mushroom Hunting
  • Grow Your Own Shiitake, Oyster Mushrooms
  • Foraging in the Northwoods
  • Fall Wild Cranberry Foraging
  • Introduction to Permaculture
  • Ecological Intelligence and the Permaculture Land Ethic
  • Outdoor Photography
  • How to Find and Hunt Ruffed Grouse
  • Wild Game Cooking
  • Fly Fishing
  • Slacklining
  • And others ….


Join the Outdoor Adventure mail list to get more info on classes. Send your name, address, and email address to Terry Rutlin, Nicolet Outdoor Adventure coordinator, at trutlin@nicoletcollege.edu.

Woman paddling in canoe

Outdoor Adventure in the World of COVID-19

As we move forward in this new era of COVID-19, we want to let you know that your safety is the No. 1 Priority for all of us in Nicolet’s Outdoor Adventure Program and at the college as a whole.

To that end, all classes currently have a maximum of 10 people, including instructors. Any classes that have an indoor component have been moved to larger classrooms to accommodate at least six feet of physical distancing.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own cloth face coverings and hand sanitizer. The college will also have masks and sanitizer available for those who do not have their own. All participants are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when in indoor settings and when practicable when outdoors.

All participants will also need to sign an Acceptance of Risk form and complete the Health Questionnaire and bring those to class. Note that there is also an Assumption of Risk form for minors under the age of 18. That form will need to be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Links to the forms are below.

“We all know things can change fast and we are monitoring the situation daily,” said Terry Rutlin, Outdoor Adventure Coordinator. “If conditions improve with the COVID-19 virus, we will increase the maximum number of students for each class as appropriate. Conversely, a local surge in case numbers will trigger additional safeguards and or restrictions.”

Acceptance of Risk Form

Acceptance of Risk Form - Minors

Health Questionnaire


Strenuosity Scale

Strenuosity Rating - The number after each course title lets you know how strenuous we rate each course.

S1 = Not strenuous, most likely a stationary experience.

S2 = Slightly strenuous, does not require prior physical conditioning

S3 = Some physically demanding aspects, requires some endurance

S4 = Challenging and requires a good physical condition

The Right Boat

Which boat is right for each class?

C = Canoes Only

SK = Sea Kayak (16-18 Foot)

RK = Recreational or Shorter Kayak (12-14 Foot)

Connect with Our Outdoor Adventure Coordinator

Are you an Outdoor enthusiast with a specific expertise that you would like to teach others? If so, contact Terry about the possibility of teaching a class in the Outdoor Adventure program.

Terry Rutlin

Terry Rutlin

Outdoor Adventure Coordinator
Northwoods Center - 118
P: 715.365.4681
800.544.3039 ext 4681

E: trutlin@nicoletcollege.edu