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Outdoor Education Center


The Outdoor Education Center of Pomona College is one of the premier outdoor education programs in the country.  The outdoor program provides hands-on opportunities for all students in outdoor recreation and education, promotes the preservation and conservation of the natural environment, and develops student leadership skills. We believe it's important that students can get out and have fun without losing sight of the general mission to educate and build leadership skills.

As the building housing the OEC is Platinum certified by LEED standards, the OEC is an example of sustainable programming in the center itself and on trips. The OEC has created many partnerships, both on and off campus, with academic departments, intercollegiate programs, and community organizations. The OEC has hours of operations open to our leaders, participants, and to the entire Pomona community. 

Hours of Operation

Monday 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tuesday 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Wednesday 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm


The mission of the Outdoor Education Center is to provide the Pomona College community with educational, recreational, and social opportunities that focus on local communities and global environments.  Using the outdoors as a classroom, our programs strive to offer co-curricular outdoor experiences that develop leadership skills and promote responsibility, while maintaining balance between personal, professional, and academic pursuits.

Our goals are to:

  • Encourage direct engagement with the outdoors
  • Provide resources for academic experiences both on and off-campus
  • Provide student leadership and development through training and experiential education

It is through these engagements that we strive to facilitate the following:

  • Teach safety, good judgment, and leadership skills
  • Nurture an environmental ethic
  • Develop technical outdoor skills
  • Promote health, well being, and sustainable lifestyles
  • Encourage holistic perspectives on contemporary issues through co-curricular and interdisciplinary programs
  • Foster meaningful interaction between faculty, staff, students, and other community members
  • Facilitate the organization of independent trips in terms of training, planning, advice, and equipment


Martin CrawfordDirector of Outdoor Education (909) 607-8607(909) 607-9020

Mailing AddressPomona College, Outdoor Education Center, 601 Amherst, Claremont, CA 91711

Phone(909) 607-2531

Fax(909) 607-9020

Campus LocationPomona Hall