Outdoor Education

Clinging to the face of a cliff. Riding through forests on a mountain bike. Activities like these can teach you the importance of personal responsibility, leadership, integrity, and teamwork. And when you experience critical moments like these, the lessons tend to stick.

Excursions led by Mercersburg Outdoor Education (MOE) faculty and staff range from daylong local events to multi-week global adventures. Through activities such as rock and ice climbing, biking, and backpacking, beginners and advanced students grapple with physical experiences as well as larger life lessons.

To learn more about MOE, contact Pete Gunkelman (pete_gunkelman@mercersburg.edu) or Sarah Bozzi (sarah_bozzi@mercersburg.edu) at 717-328-6172.

Areas of Operation

  • Mercersburg Outdoor Education travels near and far to offer students and program participants the very best in operating areas. From our own back campus to the far-flung reaches of the globe, MOE strives to show students the diversity of the world’s environments. Some of our operating areas including:
  • Schaffer Rocks, Michaux State Forest, Pennsylvania
  • James Buchanan State Park, Pennsylvania
  • Cowan’s Gap State Park, Pennsylvania
  • Allegheny State Forest, Pennsylvania
  • Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia
  • Seneca Rocks, Seneca, West Virginia
  • Antietam River, Maryland
  • Potomac River, Virginia/West Virginia/Maryland
  • Shenandoah River, Virginia/West Virginia
  • Youghiogheny River, Pennsylvania
  • Peak Experiences Climbing Gym, Virginia
  • Sportrock Climbing Gyms, Maryland
  • EarthTreks Climbing Gyms, Virginia/Maryland
  • White Mountains National Forest, New Hampshire
  • Zion National Park, Utah
  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  • Cordillera Blanca, Peru
  • Bilbao/Barrika, Spain
  • New River Gorge, West Virginia
  • Red River Gorge, Kentucky
  • Looking Glass Rock, North Carolina
  • Adirondacks, New York
  • Jackson, Wyoming
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236