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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
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.
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.
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 at the Fieldhouse.
Located at the EOU Fieldhouse, the OAP Climbing Center contains three distinct climbing structures consisting of a 35’ high top rope wall, a 15’ bouldering wall, and a 35’ high lead climbing/drytooling pillar. The total square footage of climbable surface is 2500.
Check out the great course offerings! Choose from Rock Climbing, Archery, Hiking, Yoga, Mountaineering, Wilderness Survival, Whitewater Rafting, Mountain Biking, Snow Sports, Backpacking, Fly Fishing, and so much more. Get details at the link below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE EOU OUTDOOR ADVENTURE PROGRAM OPERATES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE WALLOWA-WHITMAN NATIONAL FOREST UNDER A SPECIAL USE PERMIT, AND IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER.
Outdoor Adventure Program
Located in Hoke 118
Rental Hours: M - F : 12-5pm
(except closed on Wednesdays)