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POLARIS Expedition

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We know you hear it calling — adventure, challenge, and breathtaking beauty awaits you with POLARIS! Situated in the Crawford Notch area of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, POLARIS sends you backpacking through New England’s most rugged mountains. There, awe-inspiring vistas will stir up something good inside you and leave you breathless. Since 2015, POLARIS has offered first-year University Park students an unforgettable adventure that earns them three credits and eases their transition into college.

During POLARIS, You’ll…

  • Engage in fun, challenging outdoor experiences
  • Meet other incoming students and explore together
  • Foster your personal wellness; bolster your self-esteem
  • Learn for life the skills of backpacking and camping
  • Discover a stronger appreciation of the natural world
  • Gain insight into life at Penn State and how to succeed

Wanna Know More?

All of our expeditions are unique in their own way. Take a look at POLARIS’s frequently asked questions to learn more about our newest program.

Registration Information

POLARIS Fall Week:
Travel Day:
August 16, 2020
Expedition:
August 17–21, 2020

$495 class fee
POLARIS FAQ

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Essential Information Packet

Download the Essential Information Packet to prepare for your adventure.

Download the POLARIS PDF

 

 

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