Kalamazoo College’s optional LandSea program provides a bridge from high school to college, using challenges encountered in the wilderness to prepare students for the new physical and social environment of their first year on campus. For nearly 40 years the LandSea program has been helping new students transition to life at college by providing an opportunity to connect with other incoming students and current students who serve as trip leaders. Students establish strong support groups, build awareness, esteem, confidence, responsibility, and self-reliance. LandSea currently takes place in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, a massive 6 million acre state park sitting on the border of Vermont and comprising almost the entire northern half of the state of New York. With an area the size of Yellowstone, Glacier, Everglades, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined, the Adirondack's rugged wilderness areas provide the perfect backdrop for LandSea's unique blend of personal, leadership and outdoor skill development.

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  • Furling the Sail 

    Little, Donald (1975-09)
    Two students furling the sail of the brigantine Playfair during the 1975 Land/Sea program.
  • Students aboard the Playfair 

    Little, Donald (1975-09)
    Several students aboard the brigantine Playfair during the 1975 Land/Sea program.
  • Royal Alworth on the Playfair 

    Little, Donald (1975-09)
    Royal Alworth (at center, in glasses), Class of 1978, aboard the brigantine Playfair during the 1975 Land/Sea program.
  • The Playfair in Shoepack Bay 

    Little, Donald (1975-09)
    The brigantine Playfair sailing in Shoepack Bay during the 1975 Land/Sea program.
  • View of the Playfair 

    Little, Donald (1975-09)
    A view of the brigantine Playfair during the 1975 Land/Sea program.
  • The Hike 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1975-09)
    Members of the Class of 1979 hiking through Killarney Provincial Park during the 1975 Land/Sea program.
  • The Map 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1975-09)
    Three students looking at a map during the 1975 Land/Sea program in Killarney Provincial Park.
  • The Compass 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1975-09)
    Leo Hurley (at left) and another student using a compass during the 1975 Land/Sea program.
  • The Bridge 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1975-09)
    A group of Land/Sea students sitting on a bridge.
  • The Lookout Tower 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1975-09)
    A group of Land/Sea participants in Killarney Provincial Park in 1975.
  • The Faculty Leader 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1975-09)
    Tish Loveless, longtime coach and Professor of Physical Education, accompanied members of the Class of 1979 on their Land/Sea program as a faculty leader.
  • Canoeing on Land/Sea 

    Mitchell, Emily (Kalamazoo College, 1993-09)
    Joe Strife, Class of 1997, canoeing during the 1993 Land/Sea program.
  • Rock Climbing on Land/Sea 

    Mitchell, Emily (Kalamazoo College, 1993-09)
    An unidentified member of the Class of 1997 rock climbing during the 1993 Land/Sea program.
  • Canoeing on Land/Sea 

    Mitchell, Emily (Kalamazoo College, 1993-09)
    An unidentified member of the Class of 1997 canoeing as part of the 1993 Land/Sea program.
  • Land/Sea Group 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1999-09)
    Four members of a Land/Sea group, c. 1999.
  • Under a Tarp 

    Foley, Jessica (Kalamazoo College, 1999-09)
    First year students Garret Snip and Chris Motyl under a tarp during the 1999 Land Sea trip in Killarney Provincial Park.
  • Chris Motyl and Jess Foley 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1999-09)
    Kalamazoo College first year students Chris Motyl and Jess Foley on Land Sea, 1999.
  • Furling the Yardarm Sail 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1974-09)
    Kalamazoo College freshmen furling the yardarm sail aboard the 60-foot brigantine. During their week-long orientation cruise, students shared responsibility for all of the vessel's operation.
  • 1974 Michigan By Land and Sea Consultant Report 

    Medrick, Rick (Kalamazoo College, 1974-09)
    A consultant report about the 1974 Michigan By Land and Sea freshman orientation program giving details on site selection, course design, dynamics of course, organization and preparation, staff training and orientation, ...
  • Report on K'79 Land/Sea Program 

    Olexia, Paul D., 1939- (Kalamazoo College, 1975)
    A report on the 1975 Land/Sea program giving details on the area (Killarney Provincial Park), itinerary, leaders, and handbook as well as plans for future development of the program.

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