Outdoor Adventure Program

A transformational change is in store for the Outdoor Adventure Program. The OAP will have a new home in the soon-to-be completed field house. This includes a 30,000 cubic foot rental shop and 70,000 cubic foot climbing center. We anticipate opening for the start of winter term in early January. Stay tuned…


The OAP rental shop is open to the public!

Rental shop hours are Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday from 12-5pm.

The OAP climbing wall is open to the general public and the EOU community.

Climbing Wall hours are Mon, Tues, and Thursday, 4-9pm.

The Outdoor Program at Eastern Oregon University began in the Fall of 1973 when non-credit backpacking classes were offered and the first outdoor equipment was purchased. Since 1973 the program has continued to provide opportunities for the EOU community to learn about and explore the incredible natural environment surrounding La Grande.

Outdoor adventures since 1973

Today, the OAP oversees an equipment rental program that provides a wide range of outdoor recreation equipment for students, faculty/staff, and community members. The OAP also offers for-credit OUT courses, clinics, guided trips, climbing wall, and hosts an extensive outdoor adventure resource library.

Events & Trips

The Outdoor Adventure Program is always hosting exciting workshops, events, and adventures. Check out the calendar and join us. The point is to get outside and enjoy the bounty of recreational options in our region.

Equipment Rental

The Outdoor Adventure Program maintains a diverse selection of outdoor equipment that is available to rent for students and community members alike from the program office in the Hoke Union Building Room 118.

Climbing Wall

Located inside Quinn Coliseum in the upstairs balcony of the main gym the climbing wall is available to students and community members. The climbing wall is open Monday through Thursday from 3:30pm to 8:00pm. We cater to large groups like scout troops, church groups, non-profit organizations, and also do private reservations for events like birthday parties. BOOK NOW!

Outdoor Courses

Outdoor Activities Courses Check out the great course offerings! Choose from Rock Climbing, Horsemanship, Archery, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Hiking, Yoga, Mountaineering, Avalanche Fundamentals, Wilderness Survival, Whitewater Rafting, Mountain Biking, Wild Plant Foraging, Snow Sports, Backpacking, Fly Fishing, and so much more. Get details at the link below.

East Tracks

The Outdoor Adventure Program is excited to offer an outdoor orientation program. This trip is an excellent and fun way for incoming freshman to meet other students, learn about EOU and the surrounding area, make new friends, and start building a community. East Tracks is a fantastic opportunity for personal growth and development, and helps ease the transition into college life. You’ll spend time and build friendships with EOU student leaders and get to know EOU faculty/staff.

Outdoor Degrees

Eastern Oregon University is excited to offer a major concentration in Nature and Outdoor Recreation Programming, as well as a minor in Outdoor Recreation and Leadership! Prepare yourself for a fulfilling career in the growing fields of outdoor recreation and health promotion. There is an increasing demand for trained professionals who will guide, coach, and motivate individuals and communities to improve health outcomes utilizing diverse natural settings and recreational experiences.

OAP Twin Lakes Adventure

The EOU Outdoor Adventure Program took a summer backpacking trip to Twin Lakes in the Elkhorn Mountains of northeast Oregon in July of 2016. Check out this stellar video put together by EOU alumni Dillon Lutcher and Raymond Wing.

EOU Outdoor Adventure Program Whitewater Rafting Highlights

Watch video by alumni Dillon Lutcher show the OUT 180 Whitewater Rafting course in May of 2016 on the Minam to Wildcat section of the Grande Ronde River.