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A group photo from one of Recreation & Wellness' outdoor adventure trips

Outdoor Adventure Program

Answer the call of the outdoors!

Let the journey begin at Old Dominion University with Outdoor Adventure Programs (OAP). Whether interested in learning a new skill or just trying something new, OAP offers diverse and exciting opportunities for outdoor recreation and education that will last a lifetime. OAP provides quality and affordable programming and rentals all year long.

Outdoor Adventure Center

The Outdoor Adventure Center is located inside the ODU Student Rec Center and is open during certain supervised hours.


For more information about our offerings, stop by the Outdoor Adventure Center in the SRC or reach out by phone 757-683-3389.

Adventure Trips

Quality outdoor adventure experiences, including surfing, backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking and more.

Get Outdoors

Equipment Rental

The Equipment Rental Center offers a wide variety of equipment to help you enjoy the outdoors with all your Monarch friends.

Rent Equipment

Rock Climbing Wall

The two-story indoor rock-climbing wall at the Student Rec Center is a challenge that will test both your physical and mental strength.

Start Climbing

Challenge Course

The Courage Miller Partners Challenge Course, located on campus at Whitehurst Beach, is an inclusive 13 element low rope course.

Learn the Ropes

Bicycle Learning Lab

The Bicycle Learning Lab features all of the necessary tools and resources for you to repair and maintain your bike.

Fix Your Bike


Feb 4

Introduction to Backpacking Trip

02/04/2023 9:00 AM - 02/05/2023 5:00 PM

Backpack a section of the Appalachian Trail and learn the basics of backcountry hiking, camping and cooking. No experience necessary.... (More)

Feb 10

Kee's Cave Caving Weekend Trip

02/10/2023 9:00 AM - 02/12/2023 6:00 PM

We are going spelunking at Kee's Cave in beautiful West Virginia! We will bring the head lamps and the caving knowledge; you bring the... (More)

Feb 16

Climbing Social at the SRC

02/16/2023 4:00 PM - 02/16/2023 8:00 PM

Climb, eat, mingle, repeat! Try something new and stop by the Student Recreation Center rock climbing wall for fun, friends, and free... (More)

Aquatics & Outdoor Adventure Class

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