COLT Manager’s Message


We found our way to Strathcona Park Lodge as outdoor educators in 2010, and fell in love with the community, the values, the mission and the beautiful location.  Now, as managers of the COLT program, we invite you to experience what Strathcona Park Lodge has offered us: a community and culture focused on people’s potential.

Whether you are looking to pursue your dream outdoor job, travel the world as an educator or guide, take a break from everyday life or simply have a deeper connection to the natural world, there is no boundary to what COLT can help you to achieve. For many, it is a stepping stone, and a rite of passage into the outdoor world, and as a community, we are committed to helping you get the most out of your semester. 

While surrounded by like-minded outdoor enthusiasts, you will be exposed to the programs run from the Lodge each day, and become a part of our ever-growing outdoor family. Our program places an emphasis on experiential learning, and your classroom will often be field-based — whether that’s on top of a mountain ridge, or in the eddy of a river rapid. We pack a lot into 93-days, but if you’re up for a challenge, we’re confident COLT will help you go the places you’ve dreamed of. With that, we leave you with a quote that inspires us:

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.

-Dr. Seuss

Julia Leibold & Sebastian Tashiro

COLT Managers (