Outdoor Adventures2018-10-10T13:18:39+00:00

Outdoor Adventures

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir

Outdoor Adventures at Texas A&M University provides the Texas A&M and B/CS community with access to the outdoors. We offer a wide range of trips and classes, a large selection of outdoor gear to rent, an indoor rock climbing facility, and other resources to get you in touch with the world around you.

Outdoor Adventures Info

OA Hours
OA Forms
Outdoor Resources
Rental Center Location (map)

Join Our Team

If you’re looking for part-time, student employment and love the outdoors, check out our job openings on the employment page.

Contact Us

OA Trips & Programs

We change our program offerings every semester, so we can offer something for everyone! Register for trips and classes at the Outdoor Adventures Resource Desk or online at recconnect.tamu.edu.

Extended Trips

CANCELLED

Need a weekend away from campus life? Join our experienced staff as we explore the natural beauty of Texas with everything we need on our backs. Learn the basics of backpacking and living out of doors. Transportation, instruction, equipment and food are all included. You just need to bring your clothes and sense of adventure!

Location: Lake Georgetown, TX

Dates: Oct. 12 – 14

Register By: Oct. 10

Cost: $160*/$192**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

Location: San Marcos River, TX

Dates: Nov. 3 – 4

Register By: Oct. 31

Cost: $117*/$140**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

Come explore the rugged hills full of pine and hardwood along the Little Missouri River on the longest loop trail in Arkansas. This 26.4 mile loop winds through the unique Ouachita Mountains offering breathtaking views and refreshing mountain air.

Location: National Forest, AR

Dates: Nov. 20 – 25

Register By: Nov. 9

Cost: $225*/$270**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

In some of the highest terrain in Texas, explore the trails of Big Bend National Park’s Chisos Mountains. This offers some of the most breathtaking views in one of the most remote parts of the Lonestar State. This Winter Break trip includes transportation, equipment, instruction, and food.

Location: Big Bend National Park, TX

Dates: Dec. 16 – 22

Register By: Dec. 7

Cost: $370*/$444**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

The Big Bend area of Texas is one of our most beautiful wild places. In this amazing park, one of the most remote and hard to access areas are the river canyons. We’ll spend 3 to 4 days paddling down the Rio Grande River through this amazing Texas canyon. This trip includes transportation, permitting, food, equipment and instruction. You’ll just need to remember to pack your camera and your sense of adventure, this trip will not disappoint.

Location: Big Bend National Park, TX

Dates: Jan. 6 – 11, 2019

Register By: Dec. 28

Cost: $450*/$540**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

 

Day Trips

CANCELLED

Get away from campus on this day trip to the coast. Enjoy a good paddle through the tidal zones around Moody’s Island. We provide the transportation, equipment, instruction, and food.

Location: San Luis Pass County Park

Dates: Sept. 29

Register By: Sept. 26

Cost: $59*/$71**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

Join Outdoor Adventures on a relaxing hike through the piney woods of East Texas. Huntsville State Park is a short drive away, but the trails, plants, and wildlife feel like a whole other world. Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided.

Location: Sam Houston National Forest, TX

Dates: Oct. 7

Register By: Oct. 3

Cost: $54*/$64**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

A nice fall day in the Hill Country climbing some of the finest limestone on the planet. Get introduced to the sport of rock climbing through this awesome day away from campus. This day trip is for beginners, so what are you waiting for? Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided.

Location: Seismic Wall, Barton Creek Greenbelt

Dates: Oct. 27

Register By: Oct. 24

Cost: $59*/$71**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

Get away from campus on this day trip to the coast. Enjoy a good paddle through the tidal zones around the Texas coast. We provide the transportation, equipment, instruction, and food.

Location: TBD

Dates: Oct. 28

Register By: Oct. 24

Cost: $59*/$71**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

Join Outdoor Adventures on a relaxing hike through the Texas Hill country. Its a short drive away, but the trails, plants, and wildlife feel like a whole other world. Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided.

Location: TBD

Dates: Nov. 4

Register By: Oct. 31

Cost: $54*/$64**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

Enjoy an exciting and enjoyable day of paddling on a beautiful, Texas River. Learn the basics of paddling both canoes and sit on top kayaks. River choice will be determined by weather and water flow levels closer to when the trip goes out. Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided.

Location: San Marcos River, TX

Dates: Nov. 11

Register By: Nov. 7

Cost: $62*/$74**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

A nice fall day in the Hill Country climbing some of the finest limestone on the planet. Get introduced to the sport of rock climbing through this awesome day away from campus. This day trip is for beginners, so what are you waiting for? Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided.

Location: Reimer’s Ranch County Park

Dates: Nov. 18

Register By: Nov. 14

Cost:$59*/71**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

Enjoy an exciting and enjoyable day of paddling on a beautiful, Texas River. Learn the basics of paddling both canoes and sit on top kayaks. River choice will be determined by weather and water flow levels closer to when the trip goes out. Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided.

Location: Colorado River, Bastrop, TX

Dates: Dec. 1

Register By: Nov. 28

Cost: $62*/$74**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

Certification Classes

Learn the basics of how to treat injury and illness in remote and backcountry locations. Whether you are working or playing, bad things can happen. Be prepared to handle what comes your way with this 16-hour course taught by industry professionals.

Location: KINE Building

Dates: Oct. 13 – 14

Register By: Oct. 8

Cost: TBA

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

Designed for experienced climbers who want to become instructors for an indoor climbing facility. This 20-hour training covers the basics of risk management, observation and intervention skills and focuses on providing quality instruction of climbing skills. 5.8 climbing ability is suggested. Lead climbing ability is preferred but not required. Full certification will be issued to everyone that meets all assessment criteria. Class size limit is 10.

Location: Indoor Climbing Facility at Student Rec Center on Texas A&M Campus

Dates: Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

Register By: Nov. 23

Cost: $150*/$180**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price
 

Clinics

For those looking to further develop their climbing skills by learning to lead climb; for indoor or outdoor skill acquisition. Prerequisite of toprope climbing skills check required.

Location: Indoor Climbing Facility at Student Rec Center on Texas A&M Campus

Dates: Oct. 7

Register By: Oct. 5

Cost: $30*/$36**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

For those looking to further develop their climbing skills by learning to lead climb; for indoor or outdoor skill acquisition. Prerequisite of toprope climbing skills check required.

Location: Indoor Climbing Facility at Student Rec Center on Texas A&M Campus

Dates: Nov. 11

Register By: Nov. 9

Cost: $30*/$36**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

Whitewater kayaking is exciting, but requires some technical skill to get started. This clinic will introduce some of those skills including: basic strokes, wet exits and kayak rolls.

Location: Instructional Pool at Student Rec Center on Texas A&M Campus

Date: Nov. 18

Register By: Nov. 16

Cost: $23*/$27**

*Register by phone at 979-845-4511 or at the OA resource desk in the Rec Center.
Members can register online with RecConnect.

See Calendar of Events below or check out facebook.com/tamuOA for complete schedule information.

*Member price; **non-member price

 

Registration & General Info.

Registration

Participants may register by online at RecConnect, by phone, mail, fax or by stopping by either of our Outdoor Adventures locations. The Resource desk located adjacent to the Indoor Climbing Facility is available to members. The Outdoor Adventures Rental Center is located near the south entrance to the Student Recreation Center and is open to the public.

Hours for the OA Resource Desk and Rental Center can be found here.

Activities have enrollment limits and fill up quickly.

Payment

Outdoor Adventures accepts cash, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Two price rates are offered: currently-enrolled students and Rec Sports members pay a reduced rate, while non-members and the general public pay the regular rate.

Students have multiple options to pay for their trips and large fees. The registration fee can be applied to the student’s fee account, which will then be paid to Student Business Services or can be paid using cash, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

Required Paperwork

Registration will not be accepted unless the following items are completed and turned in at the time of registration:

Extended Trips

OA offers Extended Trips during school breaks. These trips usually last from 4 to 10 days and typically consist of either multi-sport adventures or deeper wilderness experiences. Many extended trips venture to farther destinations, like national parks and other states, and include lodging, transportation, related equipment, and most food.

Students have multiple options to pay for their Extended Trip. The registration fee can be applied to the student’s fee account, which will then be paid to Student Business Services or we also accept most major credit cards, checks (with driver’s license, state issued identification card, or passport) and cash.

Trip Information Sheets

Upon registering you will receive a detailed trip information sheet that includes pre-trip orientation meeting schedule, refund and cancellation information, location descriptions, a basic gear list and general information.

Trip Policies

  • Trips are open on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Depending on the trip, participation is usually limited to 5 – 10 participants
  • Minimum numbers will vary depending upon the trip (minimum number of participants is usually required for a trip or activity to “make”)

Trip Skill and Physical Exertion Levels

The majority of Outdoor Adventures activities are offered to beginning-level participants with no prior experience in the activity. If an activity requires prior experience and/or instruction and mastery of basic skills in order to participate, this information will be included in the specific activity description.

All Outdoor Adventures activities require a minimum level of physical exertion and fitness. Those activities requiring a higher degree of physical exertion and fitness and/or taking place in remote areas over an extended period of time will be detailed in the specific activity description.

Trip Guides

Outdoor Adventures staff members come from all walks of life and have traveled locally, regionally, nationally as well as internationally. They have a genuine love for the outdoors, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, varied outdoor experiences, the ability to work with diverse groups of people, and a dedication to continued improvement of outdoor skills. Our trip guides are committed to making every outdoor adventure the best experience possible for each participant.

Outdoor Adventures has created custom-designed programs and private programs for many special events. You can rent the climbing wall for a birthday party or a welcome event. You can reserve a private clinic for you and your friends to learn more climbing techniques. Or your student organization or class can have Outdoor Adventures plan, organize and lead your next leadership retreat—we’ll even provide the food— for your Custom Adventure. If you are interested in learning more, or have any questions, contact:

Jason Kurten | 979-862-1999 | jkurten@rec.tamu.edu 

Calendar of Events

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KINE Climbing Day Trip
First Friday Courteous Mass Ride 5:00 pm
First Friday Courteous Mass Ride @ to downtown Bryan from campus area
Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Coordinated by Bike 979 and College of Architecture’s Student Urban Planning Association, this free bike ride begins in College Station and proceeds to Downtown Bryan. Ride leaders explain bike etiquette, the law for bike riders, and teach techniques to help every rider have a more enjoyable ride. Find details on Facebook as each ride has[...]
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National Forest Hiking Day Trip
National Forest Hiking Day Trip
Oct 7 all-day
Join Outdoor Adventures on a relaxing hike through the piney woods of East Texas. Huntsville State Park is a short drive away, but the trails, plants, and wildlife feel like a whole other world. https://www.facebook.com/events/426578951191195/ Prices: $54 member / $64 nonmember Register by: 10/3/18 in person at Outdoor Adventures in the Rec Center, via phone[...]
National Forest Hiking Day Trip
Lead Climbing Clinic 1:00 pm
Lead Climbing Clinic
Oct 7 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
For those looking to further develop their climbing skills by learning to lead climb; for indoor or outdoor skill acquisition. Prerequisite of toprope climbing skills check required. https://www.facebook.com/events/227625874538193/ Price for Rec Members: $30 , Non-members: $36 Register by: 10/5/18 in person at Outdoor Adventures in the Rec Center, via phone at 979-845-4511 or 979-845-7035 or[...]
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Georgetown Backpacking Weekend 3:00 pm
Georgetown Backpacking Weekend
Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm
Need a weekend away from campus life? Join our experienced staff as we explore the natural beauty of Texas with everything we need on our backs. Learn the basics of backpacking and living out of doors. Transportation, instruction, equipment and food are all included. You just need to bring your clothes and sense of adventure![...]
KINE Climbing Day Trip
KINE Kayaking Day Trip
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NOLS Wilderness First Aid
NOLS Wilderness First Aid
Oct 13 – Oct 14 all-day
Learn the basics of how to treat injury and illness in remote and backcountry locations. Whether you are working or playing, bad things can happen. Be prepared to handle what comes your way with this 16-hour course taught by industry professionals. https://www.facebook.com/events/183560305840986/ Price: TBA Register by: 10/8/18 in person at Outdoor Adventures in the Rec[...]
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Hill Country Rock Climbing Day Trip 7:00 am
Hill Country Rock Climbing Day Trip
Oct 27 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
A nice fall day in the Hill Country climbing some of the finest limestone on the planet. Get introduced to the sport of rock climbing through this awesome day away from campus. This day trip is for beginners, so what are you waiting for? Transportation, lunch, and equipment are provided. https://www.facebook.com/events/495712664219216/ Prices: $59 member /[...]
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Texas Sea Kayaking Day 7:00 am
Texas Sea Kayaking Day @ TBD
Oct 28 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Get away from campus on this day trip to the coast. Enjoy a good paddle through the tidal zones around the Texas coast. We provide the transportation, equipment, instruction, and food. https://www.facebook.com/events/2316594361704062/ Prices: $59 member / $71 nonmember Register by: 10/24/18 in person at Outdoor Adventures in the Rec Center, via phone at 979-845-4511 or[...]
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Rent Outdoor Equipment

The Rental Center is where you want to come to rent the gear to get you outside and keep you comfortable.

The Basics

  • We offer a full line of camping gear including tents, sleeping bags and stuff to cook with. In addition, we rent outdoor sports equipment and watercraft including canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards.
  • Equipment can be rented by anyone! Students, staff, faculty and the general public are welcomed.
  • Renting equipment from us is much like renting a vehicle. Once you take possession of it, you are responsible for bringing it back clean and in good order.
  • Any cleaning or damage incurred will result in a fee being assessed.
  • You will be asked to sign a contract to take the equipment out.
  • Please allow additional time, when you return your gear, to check it in with us. This will include setting up and inspecting tents.

Prices

  • Prices listed are daily rates. One-day rentals are due the next business day.
  • Discounts are automatically calculated on extended rentals: 7+ days – 10%, 14+ days – 15%, and 21+ days – 20%.
  • Reservations are available and encouraged to guarantee your preferred equipment is available, especially in high-demand periods. The user must pay the total balance of the equipment rental upon reservation.
  • Refund Policy –The user must cancel equipment rental at least 48 hours prior to the checkout time or no rental fees paid will be refunded. No credit or refund will be issued for items rented but not used or for early return.
 Camping Gear Rec Sports Member Non Rec Member
4 Person Tent $13.00 $16.00
2 Person Tent $8.00 $9.75
Backpack Tent $8.00 $9.75
Sleeping Bag $6.00 $7.50
Sleeping Pad – Foam $3.00 $3.75
Sleeping Pad – Self Inflating $4.00 $5.00
Internal Frame Backpack $6.00 $7.50
Travel Pack $5.00 $6.00
Camp Kitchen (2 Person) $10.00 $12.00
Camp Kitchen (4 Person) $14.00 $17.00
1 – Burner Propane Stove* $4.00 $5.00
2 – Burner Propane Stove* $6.00 $7.50
Propane Grill* $6.00 $7.50
Lantern (Propane* or Rechargeable Electric) $4.00 $5.00
Cookset/Potset $3.00 $3.75
Water Cooler $5.00 $6.25
Ice Chest $5.00 $6.25

Propane is not included with stoves.

All canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards include paddles and lifejackets. Whitewater kayaks also include helmets and sprayskirts. Tie-down straps also available.

 Water Sports Rec Sports Member Non Rec Member
Tandem Canoe $18.00 $22.50
Solo Canoe $15.00 $18.50
Kayak-Whitewater $17.00 $20.50
Tandem Kayak-Sit On Top $18.00 $22.50
Solo Kayak-Sit On Top $15.00 $18.50
Surf Board 8’4″ and 9’4″ $18.00 $21.75
Stand Up Paddleboard $20.00 $24.00
Additional Paddle $3.00 $3.75
Additional Lifejacket $3.00 $3.75
 Rock Climbing Rec Sports Member Non Rec Member
Climbing Shoes $4.00 $5.00
Bouldering Pad $6.00 $7.50
 Yard Games and Sports Rec Sports Member Non Rec Member
Tug O War Rope $4.00 $5.00
Croquet Set $2.00 $2.50
Disc Golf Set $2.00 $2.50
Bocce Ball Set $2.00 $2.50
Horseshoe Set $2.00 $2.50
Washers Set $2.00 $2.50
Corn Hole Set (regulation size, foldable w/ handles) $6.00 $7.50
Volleyball Set (Net, poles, ropes, boundary, and ball) $10.00 $12.00
Softball Set (2 Bats, 2 Balls, 4 Bases, 5 Gloves, Catchers Mask) $6.00 $7.50
Flag Football Set (14 Flags, 14 Cones, 1 Football) $6.00 $7.50
Kickball Set (1 Kickball, 4 Bases) $2.00 $2.50
Football Flags (set of 7) $2.00 $2.50
Sport Jerseys (set of 7) $3.00 $3.75
Cones (set of 4) $1.00 $1.25
Volleyball Net $1.00 $1.25
Sports Balls (Chicago Ball/Football/Kickball/Soccer Ball/Softball/Volleyball) $1.00 $1.25
Softball Bat $1.00 $1.25
Softball Glove $1.00 $1.25
Softball Bases Set $1.00 $1.25
Softball Catcher Mask $1.00 $1.25
Frisbee $0.50 $0.75
Books and Maps Free for up to 2 weeks Free for up to 2 weeks

Outdoor Adventures Info

OA Hours
OA Forms
Outdoor Resources
Rental Center Location (map)

Join Our Team

If you’re looking for part-time, student employment and love the outdoors, check out our job openings on the employment page.

Contact Us

Waivers & Forms

Each person who registers for a clinic, trip or event must have a Participant Waiver and Hold Harmless Form completed and filed with Outdoor Adventures. University Students, Faculty, and Staff MUST use Maroon Link to complete online waivers.
Maroon Link Waivers

Forms are available for non-members at Outdoor Adventures, the climbing wall, or downloaded from the links below.  All participants under the age of 18 must have their parent or legal guardian fill out and sign their waivers. No one without a completed waiver will be allowed to participate.

Refund Policies

  • Equipment Rental: The user must pay the total balance of the equipment rental upon reservation.  The user must cancel equipment at least 48 hours prior to checkout time or no rental fees paid will be refunded.  No credit or refund will be issued for items rented but not used or for early return.
  • Rain Checks: We do not offer refunds due to weather. For rentals, our policy is to provide a rain check. We will hold the contract for the duration of the current semester. Customers may then redeem their contract on a more agreeable date within the same semester.
  • Trips and Clinics: Trip cancellations due to weather or lack of sign ups (trips being cancelled by OA) will be issued a 100% refund.  Cancellations made by the customer at least 3 days prior to the trip leaving will receive an 80% refund of the total price.  No refund can be made to customers who cancel after this time. All refunds will be issued to the payment type used initially. All checks will be mailed by the Fiscal Department to the address shown on the registration form.  A refund may take up to six weeks to process.

Trips & Clinics

General Trip Information

Indoor Climbing Facility

Request a private lesson, trip, or program

Private and Semi-private lessons can be done for one or two individuals to learn a variety of skills including paddling, biking, backpacking, or climbing. Each session is 1.5 hours long and scheduled with your assigned instructor. Complete this form to submit your request and our staff will contact you to match you with the best instructor for your request.

  • 1 Session (1.5 hours): $18 members; $22 non-members
  • 3 Sessions (1.5 hours each): $52 members; $65 non-members

The ICF is available for Reservation for private events including birthday parties, Girl and Boy Scout groups, Corp Units, and student organizations. This is a great option for groups larger than 5 people that would like to climb together without becoming registered climbers. Sessions last from 2.5 to 3 hours and are normally scheduled when the Wall is closed for business. More details HERE

Utilize all the resources of Outdoor Adventures to create an event for your group. Consider a day trip paddling a Texas river, or a multi-day trip to build leadership and group cohesion. Whatever your goals, contact us to help you. We can do everything from purchasing food and securing permits to driving and providing specialized equipment. Contact us to start planning your Custom Adventure today.

Outdoor Adventures Info

OA Hours
OA Forms
Outdoor Resources
Rental Center Location (map)

Join Our Team

If you’re looking for part-time, student employment and love the outdoors, check out our job openings on the employment page.

Contact Us