Two students in canoe paddling on lake during sunset.

EPIC Adventures

Adventure is calling.

Take to the water and kayak on the nearby rivers and lakes. Hike up to the mountain peaks in the Adirondacks. Snowshoe in one of New York State’s most beautiful parks.

EPIC Adventures provides experiential learning opportunities in Allegany County, Western New York, and beyond. Utilizing natural resources and outdoor activities such as backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, wilderness camping, and more, EPIC facilitates individual growth and promotes leadership development, social interaction, environmental awareness, and moral excellence within a group setting.

Design your own program or experiences, reserve and rent our facilities or adventuring equipment, and take part in epic trips and experiences.

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About EPIC Adventures

EPIC Adventures, formerly known as Wilderness Adventures (WA), began in 1979 under the direction of the late Doris “Mabel” Nielsen, associate professor of recreation and physical education.

Mabel poured her energy into structuring experiences and opportunities for students to enable them to develop their own potential. It evolved into the STEP Program, which provided adventure camping experiences for disadvantaged youth in Allegany County. Over the years, WA expanded to other area youth, saw an offshoot adult-oriented program for counselors, advisers, and psychologists, and provided environmental education programs, team building programs, and ropes course opportunities during the school year.

In recent years, the program has offered opportunities to learn about group dynamics and process experiences through adventure programs, trips, ropes course facilitation, anti-bullying interventions, team building, and leadership development.

Laura Alexeichik Thayer

Laura Alexeichik Thayer

Associate Professor of Recreation, Director of Epic Adventures
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