Columbia Climate Corps


About the Program

Program Dates

Alaska: July 17 - July 28, 2023
Chile and Argentina: July 22 - August 11, 2023
Iceland: July 20 - August 1, 2023

Designed For

Students in grades 9-12 
(and rising 9th grade students)

Program Fees

Alaska: $7,990 + travel fees
Chile and Argentina: $7,890 + travel fees 
Iceland: $8,290 + travel fees

Columbia Climate Corps are small group climate and sustainability-focused traveling programs designed for motivated high school students. These summer programs combine intentional travel with in-depth educational opportunities, taking students across the United States and abroad to experience a destination through the lens of climate change and focus intently on one or two location-specific themes.

Faculty and staff from the Columbia Climate School will join students on these trips, engaging them in cutting-edge research, leading lectures and facilitating workshops. Led by a dynamic team of experienced group leaders, students gain critical skills and knowledge through excursions and field-based learning activities, discover and develop new and existing passions around climate change, and build lasting friendships with like-minded peers, group leaders, and Columbia Climate School experts.


Watch our information session recordings to learn more about the Columbia Climate School's Summer 2023 Pre-College Programs: The Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains & the Columbia Climate Corps

Each information session has invited guest speakers (listed below) to share about their involvement and experience in the programs. 

December 7th Information Session

Peter Shumlin, 81st Governor of Vermont; Co-Director of Putney Student Travel 

Josh DeVincenzo, Senior Project Coordinator & Instructional Designer at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (Green Mountains Program

Lisa Dale, Co-Director & Professor at Columbia University's Undergraduate Program on Sustainable Development (Alaska Program

January 10, 2023 Information Session
February 9, 2023 Information Session

Become a Putney Student Travel Instructor

Experienced educators interested in teaching at the Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains are invited to apply through Putney Student Travel. Please click here to read about our instructors, leadership requirements, and to begin the instructor application!

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Have questions about the Columbia Climate School program content or faculty? 
Email us at [email protected]

Have questions about the application process?
Call Putney Student Travel at 802-387-5000 or email us at [email protected]