Project WILD

phone: 919-684-3511 | email: studentorientation@duke.edu | studentaffairs.duke.edu/new-students/preorientation-programs

WILDERNESS INITIATIVES FOR LEARNING AT DUKE

PROGRAM TIMELINE AND WHAT TO EXPECT

Looking for ways to get involved in the outdoors in Durham, such as swimming in the cool waters of local Eno Quarry? Or, do you want to learn how to identify some cool reptiles and plants while hiking in the woods? Join us for Project Wild, a week long program during which we will do all this and more to create a smooth transition to college. At PWILD, we foster an environment that encourages personal growth, teamwork, and identity exploration. By the end of the trip, you will find a place among an incredible group of students, all of whom will support you through your WILD four years at Duke.

P-WILD MISSION AND PHILOSOPHIES

PWILD’s mission is to welcome new students and create a community through a shared love of the outdoors. During our program, first-years are introduced to our philosophies and values, which are important on any PWILD trip in any PWILD setting; back on campus or virtual. Our goal is to create an environment where students have the opportunity to safely challenge themselves, but where they will never have to participate in anything that makes them uncomfortable or that they do not want to do. Challenge by choice is a part of PWILD trips in rock climbing, sharing stories and any other activities that our participants may choose to take part in. When making decisions as a crew or as an organization, everyone’s opinion is important and heard. These philosophies and more are essential to our community and will be a part of the virtual PWILD experience this August.

P-WILD HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

PWILD was started by a group of Duke students in 1974 who were inspired after participating in an Outward Bound program. Our trips typically take place in beautiful Pisgah National Forest in the mountains of North Carolina. PWILD is an active community throughout the year with a spring break backpacking trip for all members of the Duke community. PWILD fosters many life-long friendships that extend past their time at Duke.

PROJECT WILD DIRECTORS:

Kaela Basmajlan and Lucas Dingman projectwild@duke.edu or klaudlacbinles@gmail.com



P-WILD has given me my most memorable college experiences and my best friends at Duke. It was wonderful to be able to join a community before college even started, and through the pre-orientation trip I learned a lot about myself and the Duke experience.”


Shayna Wolery, P-WILD, Class of 2019

CURIOUS? For more information visit: studentaffairs.duke.edu/new-students/preorientation-programs/project-wild