Mountain and Wilderness Communities

Colleges Near Wilderness

  • The 35 Best Outdoor Schools in America,” Best College Reviews. Examines colleges based on: Average yearly days of sunshine (30%), Number of school endorsed outdoor, adventure-oriented sports, clubs, and teams (30%), Proximity to outdoor opportunities (30%). Substantial outdoor opportunities on campus or directly adjacent to campus. Also considered but weighted less: Outdoor opportunities in town, or that can be accessed without a personal vehicle, Outdoor opportunities within easy driving distance (3 hours), Outdoor opportunities accessible by other means, or outdoor reserves owned by University, Number of courses requiring outdoor work (10%). Excerpt: “#25 – Iowa City… University of Iowa has a number of local outdoor opportunities, a large number of classes featuring outdoor components, and the university’s outdoor-education program called “Touch the Earth.” Local bike paths connect more of the Iowa City area. There are a number of fishing opportunities, and (perhaps surprisingly) a sand beach at the Coralville Res. Combined, many outdoor elements of Iowa City consistently rank the city as one of the nation’s most livable. Outdoor student clubs include fishing, cycling, disc golf, triathlon, shooting sports team, rowing, sailing, ultimate frisbee, and more traditional sports. In a artistic vein, Iowa City is North America’s only UNESCO city of literature, largely due to the number of famous writer’s stemming from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. For those so inclined, roaming the parks and streets of Iowa City have proved valuable inspiration for many decades.”