Outdoor Center

Welcome to the Outdoor Center at Georgia College

The Outdoor Center at Georgia College provides excellent technical training, outdoor recreation education, leadership training and group development experiences. We serve outdoor education professionals, Georgia College faculty, staff, and students and members of the surrounding community. We provide programs and services led by competent personnel in compliance with The Association for Experiential Education accreditation standards. The Outdoor Center seeks to enhance the mission of the state's public liberal arts university through safe, environmentally sound and effective programs and services.


Outdoor education academic programs and the Outdoor Center are accredited by The Association for Experiential Education (AEE). Outdoor education programs at Georgia College & State University were first accredited in 1997 and received the AEE Organization of the Year Award in 2006 for program excellence, contribution to the field, and ethical practice. "The AEE Accreditation Program is the nation's first accreditation process focusing on adventure based programs. A rapid increase in adventure based programs in the late 1980's produced the need for standards of program quality, professional behavior and appropriate risk management. In 1994, AEE responded to this need by developing comprehensive standards for common practices in the industry. AEE accreditation serves the public, the profession of experiential education and the organization under review."  

*Outdoor activities by their nature involve inherent risk. Every effort is made to provide programs that respect emotional, social, intellectual, and physical safety. However, it is impossible to anticipate all factors that impact safety. Participants acknowledge their understanding of and agreement to participate in potentially unsafe programs by signing appropriate risk management forms.

Outdoor Center Director
Liz Speelman
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology
Lecturer in Outdoor Education

Outdoor Center Assistant
Mark Medlin
Graduate Assistant in Outdoor Education

Facilities and Equipment Coordinator
Michael Ference
​Graduate Assistant in Outdoor Education

Additional Staff
The Outdoor Center at Georgia College utilizes faculty, staff, alumni, undergraduate and graduate students, or professional vendors who are contracted to design and deliver a program to meet client needs. All staff complete ongoing training and development to be approved by outdoor education faculty for working at the Outdoor Center, and our professional vendors have a long standing history with us.  

Staff:Participant Ratios
The number of staff assigned to a program depends on the number of participants and the types of activities, and our staff/participant ratios are accredited by The Association for Experiential Education.

Questions? Click here: Frequently Asked Questions.pdf

Contact Information:
The Outdoor Center at Georgia College
Campus Box 125
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone 478-445-5186