Project Wild


Project WILD (Wilderness Initiatives and Learning at Duke) began as Duke’s first pre-orientation program in 1974 with the help of the Carolina Outward Bound School. Since then, the program has grown to include a spring break trip, a house course, a low ropes course, and a fall trip for Durham area high school students (Step into the WILD). In the past 40 years, thousands of Duke Students have started their college experience with Project WILD, and through our low ropes course and Step into the WILD, the Durham community can benefit from wilderness experiential education as well.

Pre-orientation Trip

The Project WILD Pre-Orientation Trip is an awesome way to start off your college experience! For two weeks, you get to backpack in Pisgah National Forest, rock climb, swim in beautiful lakes and water falls, and see some truly glorious stars from the mountains. But the best part is, when the trip is over--your college experience is just beginning! The friends you make in the woods will be with you for the next four years of college!

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Step into the WILD

Over fall break, PWILD staffers take local Durham high schoolers to experience Pisgah National Forest on a short backpacking trip. These high schoolers have a blast, learn about backpacking, get to see Pisgah during what is arguably its most beautiful season, and make connections with college students! We offer this trip fully-funded to the high school students to ensure that no one is excluded from this great trip!

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Low Ropes Course

Our Low Ropes Team Challenge Course (TCC) features hands-on problem solving activities that help develop respect, trust, and communication within teams. We use this course for PWILD crews on every trip before sending them into the wild and also offer it to outside groups as our main fundraiser to keep the Step into the WILD trip completely free for the high school participants!

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