Cornell Tree Climbing Institute

About COE



  • OVER 20,000 PARTICIPANTS ANNUALLY: 37,000 participant days
  • ​OVER 130 COURSES: Backpacking, Canoeing, Caving, Climbing (rock and ice), Hiking, Kayaking (sea and whitewater), Leadership, Mountain Biking, Bike Touring, Skiing (cross-country and telemark), Tree Climbing, Wilderness First Aid, and more. Most are available for PE
  •  credit.
  • TEAMBUILDING: Develops community and team skills among students, staff, alumni, and corporate groups throughout the US.
  • OUTDOOR ODYSSEY: Annually conducts 25 expeditions for new students to develop meaningful friendships and ease transition to Cornell.
  • ADULT & YOUTH PROGRAMS: Both on and off campus programs, including Cornell Adult University, Alumni, Staff, Over-24 courses, Sportscamp, and Community Courses.
  • EXPEDITIONS: Offered for Cornell students, alumni, and the community, expeditions range throughout the Northeast, the Western US, Latin America, and the World.
  • OUTFITTING: Extensive outdoor equipment rental (canoes, kayaks, skis, tents, packs, etc.).
  • STAFFING: 200 student leaders developing communications, teamwork, and leadership skills through instructing classes and programs. 10 full-time staff: Professional and support staff. 25 alumni and friends of Cornell assisting as volunteers in strategy formation, PR, and fundraising.
  • OPERATING BUDGET: Million-dollar budget is 86% self-funded, largely by fees and gifts. Includes $30,000 in scholarships.
  • PHILLIPS OUTDOOR PROGRAM CENTER: 5500 sq. ft. comprehensive headquarters including outfitting, course staging area, offices, resource center, and classroom.
  • LINDSETH CLIMBING WALL: At 160 x 30 ft., the largest natural rock indoor climbing wall in North America.
  • HOFFMAN CHALLENGE COURSE: With 50 elements, the second-largest collegiate challenge course in the country, including 65' replica of Cornell's Clock Tower.