Upcoming Events

Break away from campus life with other students on an outdoor adventure! We offer excellent opportunity for outdoor pursuits, learning, and fun through our clinics and outings into outdoor areas surrounding the University of Dayton community. From Cooking in Camp clinics to kayaking at Old River Park to scenic hikes, Outdoor Education provides students, faculty, and staff with the means to get active and learn about the natural world around them.

Dayton Passport Program

Discover what dayton has to offer! Get out and explore through the Dayton Passport Program. First make sure to visit the RecPlex Welcome Desk to obtain your Dayton Passport and to get information on this month's locations. Then simply visit the monthly locations and take a photo, then post pictures to our Facebook or send them to us via Twitter. Finally turn your Dayton Passport into the Outdoor Engagement Center to be entered into our monthly raffle with great prizes.

Prizes include:

1.  iPad

2.  Bike from K&G Bike Center

3.  $100 to Great Miami Outfitters

4.  $50 to Press

This is a great oppertunity to for students to get off campus and be active in the Dayton community, visit the RecPlex and get your Passport today!

Paddling Programs

FREE Battleship Boot Camp: April 1st and 3rd from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

To register, sign up at the RecPlex Welcome Desk or email ewilk1@udayton.edu.

Is this your first time participating in battleship? Are you curious on how to best maneuver near and around your opponent’s boat? Are you simply looking to have some fun in canoes? If so, this clinic is for YOU! In the RecPlex Aquatics Center, this is a terrific training ground to learn basic canoe strokes and balancing techniques to help stay afloat and in control as you toss buckets of water to sink your opponent’s ship during Intramural Battleship on Sunday, April 6th.

FREE Workout and Paddle in Old River Park: April 2nd from 5:00 –7:30 p.m.

To attend, meet at Old River Park (1700 S. Patterson). More information about transportation forthcoming. For questions, email ewilk1@udayton.edu.

Get out and try flat-water kayaking and canoeing at Old River Park. Basic paddling instruction will be provided. Additionally, short yoga or Zumba classes will occur on the lawn of the park. No paddling, yoga, or Zumba experience required.

FREE Play in the Park at Old River Park: April 4th from 3:00 –7:00 p.m.

To attend, meet at Old River Park (1700 S. Patterson). More information about transportation forthcoming. For questions, email ewilk1@udayton.edu.

The afternoon will feature a variety of outdoor recreational activities to take advantage of all the park has to offer including: canoeing and kayaking, bootcamp class demos, TRX suspension training, disc golf, cornhole, and other informal activities. 

FREE Workout and Paddle at Old River Park: April 10th from 5:00 –7:30 p.m.

To attend, meet at Old River Park (1700 S. Patterson). More information about transportation forthcoming. For questions, email ewilk1@udayton.edu.

Get out and try flat-water kayaking and canoeing at Old River Park. Basic paddling instruction will be provided. Additionally, short yoga or Zumba classes will occur on the lawn of the park. No paddling, yoga, or Zumba experience required 

FREE Presidential Paddle with President Curran at RiverScape: April 12th from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

To attend, meet at RiverScape MetroPark. More information about transportation forthcoming. For questions, email ewilk1@udayton.edu.

Get out on the water with Dr. Dan! Open to all UD students. Join Dr. Curran and other UD students for flat-water kayaking at RiverScape MetroPark. No paddling experience required. For Transportation, shuttles will be provided by goDAYTON every half-hour from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The shuttle will depart from the West Entrance of the RecPlex (on Evanston Ave.) and arrive at RiverScape MetroPark. This event is in collaboration with River Stewards 2014 Cohort, Campus Recreation Miami Conservancy District, and Whitewater Warehouse.

FREE Kayaking Basics in Old River Park: April 13th from 11:00 –1:00 p.m.

To register, sign up at the RecPlex Welcome Desk or email ewilk1@udayton.edu.

Only 8 spots available!

Come join us at Old River Park and learn to kayak. Become more familiar with parts of a kayak and paddling gear. Learn how to properly fit and enter and exit and kayak safety. Then we will practice the basics of boat control including posture, balance, and simple stokes. Build confidence on the water to enjoy this wonderful sport to its fullest.

Outdoor Engagement Center

Cooking in Camp: Tuesday, April 8th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (cost: $5.00 )

To register, sign up at the RecPlex Welcome Desk or email ewilk1@udayton.edu.

Dine with us! Come learn how to cook tasty meals that you can make on your next outdoor trip or at home in your kitchen. We will meet in the Outdoor Engagement Center to prepare some of our staff’s favorite recipes using camping stoves and cooking equipment. The food will be vegetarian friendly with meat options available. Cost: $5/person

CANCELED (due to UD Basketball Game, GO FLYERS!) - FREE Camping Basics: March 27th from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

To attend, meet at the Outdoor Engagement Center (437 Stonemill) at 7:30 p.m.

Interested in going camping but not sure where to start? Join us as we share basic skills and the necessary equipment to help you plan a successful and enjoyable camping trip. We will highlight equipment that is available through our outdoor equipment rental program in the Outdoor Engagement Center so you will be all set for your next adventure. Participants will also receive a free OEC t-shirt and 20% discount towards their next rental purchase. 

Rock Wall - Climbing Programs

FREE Belay Clinic

To register, sign up at the RecPlex Welcome Desk or email ewilk1@udayton.edu.

This free clinic will teach you proper belaying skills, basic climbing and knot tying techniques, and bouldering safety. At the end of the second class, participants will complete a belay test in order to belay other climbers.

Wed Mar 19, 2014 from 8pm – 9:45pm

FREE Advanced Climbing Technique Clinics

To register, sign up at the RecPlex Welcome Desk or email ewilk1@udayton.edu.

Grips, Hold Types and Hand Techniques: Wednesday, April 2nd from 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Grips, Hold Types and Hand Techniques: Tuesday, April 8th from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Footwork and Feet Technique: Wed Apr 9, 2014 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Conquering Your Project: Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:15pm – 4:45pm

Footwork and Feet Technique: Tuesday, April 15th from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.