The Northern Wyoming Community College District Outdoor Education Programs strive to provide a foundation for learning that is both personal and transforming by:
- Capitalizing on the interdisciplinary nature of outdoor programing to extend and reinforce the existing academic curriculum and extra-curricular offerings
- Including a diverse and unique set of outdoor learning experiences that foster life-long learning
- Establishing offerings that consider, respond to, and satisfy the needs of our communities
In the Spring of 2011, the Northern Wyoming Community College District purchased Spear-O to enhance existing academic and recreational programming to provide new opportunities for students and the community. Spear-O is nestled in the Bighorn National Forest at 8,300 ft, a mere 5,000 ft below the highest Bighorn Mountain peaks. The campus is located on FR 293, bordering the SE edge of Park Reservoir. It serves as a gateway to Coffeen Park, Geneva & Edelman Passes, the Solitude Trail, and the Cloud Peak Wilderness. The pristine high mountain lakes, reservoirs, and streams that surround Spear-O add to the spectacular nature of the place. In partnership with the US Forest Service, NWCCD’s mountain campus operates under a special use permit, granting access to 67,850 acres of land in the Bighorn’s for educational purposes.
Spear-O’s main lodge houses a dining hall, kitchen, library, and large sitting area with a 7’ fireplace. The 16 acre campus also has 11 cabins with a total sleeping capacity of 35, classroom/meeting room, horse corrals, and numerous out buildings. Additionally, Spear-O maintains a backcountry field station at Beaver Lakes, which is a day’s horse-back ride or hike from the Mountain Campus.
Creating student success and making a difference in our communities through educational leadership.
Mountain Campus Vision:
The NWCCD Spear-O-Wigwam Mountain Campus provides unique and diverse learning opportunities, enriched with outdoor experiences.
- Enhancing education of NWCCD students by augmenting classroom time with experiential education opportunities
- Serving as a research field station rich in ecological biodiversity
- Offering place based classes in environmental and natural sciences and adventure education
- Working in collaboration with community partners in representing best practices in historical and environmental stewardship
NWCCD Core Values
Be Honest, Fair, & Trustworthy. Communicate Responsibly & Honor Commitments.
Treat Everyone With Dignity. Embrace Diversity of People, Ideas, & Experiences.
Maintain High Standards & Clear Expectations. Provide Quality Learning Services & Experiences. Innovate & Create.
Learn & Grow as Employees & as an Organization.