Outdoor Education

Take Your Education Outdoors!

Through hands-on experience, reflection and transferable skill development, the Outdoor Education program fosters transformative education. Rooted in experiential education, students participate in intentional, challenging, and group-based activities that promote wellness, positive relationships, and care for the environment through active experience in the outdoors. Outdoor Education offerings aim to instill an appreciation for the outdoors by providing space for significant learning and leadership cultivation.

Custom Group Experiences
Our staff can facilitate group activities and team building exercises that lead to deeper personal and interpersonal understandings based on the unique needs of your group!
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Events and Programs
Outdoor Education offers a number of trips, workshops, and events each semester. Join us to get outdoors and build your paddling, hiking, peddling, climbing and other outdoor skills!
Click here for semester programs and events
Campus Recreation is excited to offer both daily and extended rentals of our RecBike fleets! Tour Dayton, run errands, or zip to class on two wheels.
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Outdoor Education Facilities

Outdoor engagement Center

Located at 438 Stonemill Rd, Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Engagement Center (OEC) provides the University of Dayton and the surrounding community with opportunities and resources to engage the natural world in a sustained, collaborative, and meaningful way that promotes a lifelong appreciation for the outdoors and personal health and wellness. The OEC embodies UD’s principles of community living by offering outdoor experiences and equipment that lead to outcomes connected to the holistic development of individuals and groups, while welcoming all individuals regardless their experience or skill level. These efforts are dedicated to sharing knowledge and providing direct experiences that educate on the common good in one’s commitment to enjoying the outdoors responsibly.

Click here for current OEC hours or contact udcroutdoor@udayton.edu for more information.


rock wall

Exercise, socialize and climb to new heights --literally! The Rock Wall is located in the RecPlex and features top-rope climbing and a bouldering cave. Access to the wall is free for Campus Recreation members, and climbing shoes and harnesses are available for use at no charge. Those new to climbing are welcome, and will be coached and encouraged by our friendly and knowledgeable Rock Wall staff!

For current climbing hours, click here, or visit the Rock Wall facilities page or more information.


Campus Recreation

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0790