Students at Hickory Run

Grab a paddle. Pitch a tent. Hike across boulders. Gear up for an outdoor adventure with BuckWild, a dynamic Pre-Orientation program that takes you into the beautiful Central Pennsylvania wilderness for five days of hands-on activities in the woods, on the river and beyond. 

Whatever excursion you choose, you'll connect with fellow first-years, meet mentors, learn about campus culture, build teamwork, enhance your leadership skills and broaden your perspectives as you build relationships in small-group settings. BuckWild is a great foundation of support for the rest of your time at Bucknell, and all levels of outdoor experience are welcome.

What You’ll Do

The Pennsylvania Wilds region brims with outdoor activities including hiking, backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, camping, challenge courses and more. You'll choose from several trip options, all within easy distance of campus. Previous trips have included paddling on the Susquehanna River, backpacking and camping in the mountains, and rock-climbing along the Appalachian Trail.

The best part? We provide everything you need, including equipment and instruction from experienced staff and upperclass student leaders. Hone your outdoor skills or dare to try something new as you get to know a different side of Bucknell.

Fill out the Pre-O signup form and indicate your interest in BuckWild, and we'll send you more information as soon as it becomes available.


Take it outside!

Whom It’s For

All first-year students are welcome, and no outdoor experience is necessary. Detailed information, including medical and waiver forms, will be provided when you register.


$375, including all meals, program expenses and a T-shirt. Some scholarship money is available if needed. 

2021 Program Dates

Friday, Aug. 13–Tuesday, Aug. 17
(New Student Orientation begins Wednesday, Aug. 18)


Nathan Smith, program director 

Quick Guides

Important Dates for BuckWild 2021

  • Registration opens on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. You must have your new, official Bucknell log-in information to register.

  • Pre-Orientation enrollment deadline

  • Forms due

  • Move-in day

  • BuckWild trips begin

Questions? Contact Us

Nathan Smith, program director
CAP Center, ground floor, Elaine Langone Center

Contact Details

Outdoor Education & Leadership


Elaine Langone Center, Ground Floor