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.

NWCCD’s Mission:

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

Integrity –

Be Honest, Fair, & Trustworthy. Communicate Responsibly & Honor Commitments.

Respect –

Treat Everyone With Dignity.  Embrace Diversity of People, Ideas, & Experiences.

Excellence –

Maintain High Standards & Clear Expectations.  Provide Quality Learning Services & Experiences. Innovate & Create.

Learning –

Learn & Grow as Employees & as an Organization.

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