Join Us Outside!

Break away from campus life with other students on an outdoor adventure! Outdoor Education provides students, faculty, and staff with the means to get active and learn about the natural world around them.


  • All Outdoor Programming is subject to change and cancellation.
  • Register for any program by calling the RecPlex Welcome Desk: 937.229.2704.

Local Events


Campus recreation, along with the Hanley Sustainability Institute, Rivers Institute and the Sustainability Club are excited to present EarthFest --a day celebrating the earth and outdoors! The University of Dayton community and friends are welcome to join us for an afternoon outside with FREE activities such as:

  • Paddling
  • Yoga
  • Tie Dye
  • Fishing
  • Biking
  • Slacklining
  • Live music
  • Chopped competition
  • Art in the Park
  • UD Paws 4 Ability Puppies

Local food trucks will also have food available for purchase!

DATE: April 22, 2018 
TIME: 12:00-3:00pm
LOCATION: Old River Park | 1560 S Patterson Blvd. 

Located only a short mile from campus by the 1700 building, Old River Park is easy to get to! Catch one of the free shuttles, or enjoy the fresh air by following the outlined bike and walking routes below.

SHUTTLES AND PARKING - Free shuttles for students will depart from the RecPlex Evanston entrance every 15 minutes beginning at noon. The last shuttle will depart for the day at 2:30pm. 

Parking can be found in the R2 Lot of Dan Curran Place.

BIKE ROUTE - A group ride will be leaving the RecPlex Evanston entrance at Noon. Check out one of UDCR's RecBikes or utilize code 9743 provided by Link Dayton Bike Share and ride to Old River Park for free! The suggested bike route from campus is as follows:

  1. Follow Caldwell St. for 0.2 miles.
  2. Turn right behind Fitz Hall and follow for 0.2 miles to Stewart St.
  3. Turn left onto Stewart St. (Stewart St. Bikeway) and follow for 0.4 miles.
  4. Turn left onto S Patterson Blvd (Great Miami River Recreational Trail/Ohio Bicycle Rt. 25) and follow for 0.6 miles.
  5. Turn left onto Carillon Blvd. and follow for 0.3 miles until you reach the entrance to Old River Park!

WALKING ROUTE - A walking group will be leaving the RecPlex Evanston entrance at Noon if you'd like to join. Otherwise, leave anywhere from campus following these directions:

  1. Follow Caldwell St. for 0.2 miles to River Park Dr.
  2. Turn left onto River Park Dr. and follow for 0.2 miles.
  3. Turn left onto S Patterson Blvd. and follow for 0.5 miles.
  4. Turn left onto Carillon Blvd. and follow for 0.2 miles until you reach the entrance to Old River Park!

Certifications and Workshops

Wilderness first aid Certification course

The best and most comprehensive course of its kind to offer relevant and realistic first-aid training for seasonal outdoor activities or short term wilderness endeavors and pursuits.

DATE: March 24 - 25 
TIME: 8:00am - 5:00pm daily 
COST: $198 for University of Dayton students; $220 for community members


Bike to Lunch @ 2nd Street Market

Join Campus Recreation for a group ride along the Great Miami Bikeway on RecBikes to the 2nd Street Market.

DATE: Saturday, March 10 
TIME: 11:00am - 2:30pm 


Ice CLIMBING @ Peabody's in Fenton, MI

Challenge yourself to a weekend adventure of ice climbing on a 45 and 75 foot iced tower in the beautiful Fenton, Michigan.

DATE: March 10 - 11 
TIME: 9:00am Saturday - 6:00pm Sunday 
COST: $90

Rock Climbing @ John Bryan State Park

Challenge yourself to an afternoon of climbing the limestone cliffs of John Bryan State Park!

DATE: Sunday, April 15 
TIME: 10:00am - 6:00pm 

Hiking Programs

Winter Hike at Englewood Metropark

Winter hiking is beautiful, especially at Englewood Metropark!

DATE: Saturday, February 3 
TIME: 12:00pm - 4:00pm 

Paddling Programs

Paddle @ Old River Park

Experience paddling a kayak or canoe around the scenic Old River Park lagoon.

DATE: Friday, April 6 
TIME: 4:30pm - 7:00pm 

PADDLE the Great Miami River

Join us in paddling canoes and kayaks down the Great Miami River. Participants will learn basic paddling skills while enjoying the beautiful scenery and ending the day in Miamisburg.

DATE: Saturday, April 14 
TIME: 12:00pm - 5:30pm 

Contact Us

Campus Recreation

2 Evanston Ave. 
Dayton, Ohio 45409