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Outdoor Adventure and Recreation (OAR) Program

Mission Statement

The University of Richmond Outdoor Adventure and Recreation (OAR) Program promotes healthy lifestyle choices through outdoor activities. The OAR program aims to create an inclusive environment for students where they can challenge themselves through participation in outdoor trips. Our program facilitates the development of valuable peer relationships and individual student growth. The OAR program endorses a balanced lifestyle, and encourages students to value recreation as an invaluable way to relieve academic stress. The OAR program strives to promote health and wellness through outdoor exploration and recreation.

Outdoor Equipment Rental Program

The OAR program rents outdoor equipment to University full-time faculty, staff, and students. Check out the Outdoor Equipment Rental page for a list of available items for rent and more information about the program!

Outdoor Adventure and Recreation (OAR) Trips

Love the outdoors? Join us for an OAR trip!

OAR offers a wide variety of subsidized trips to full-time faculty/staff, eligible dependents, and students ranging from white water rafting to skiing. Check out our schedule below to see what trips are on the horizon for this semester. All of our trips must be registered on our online portal at

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Renter Eligibility for Outdoor Equipment Rental and Trips

All renters must be affiliated with University of Richmond. All full-time faculty/staff, eligible dependents of faculty/staff, Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness employees, and Weinstein Center community members are eligible to rent outdoor equipment. If you have a paid or complimentary membership to the Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness, then you are eligible to rent equipment.

Outdoor Adventure and Recreation Events

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Additional Outdoor Programming on Campus

Student Organizations: Center for Student Involvement (CSI) oversees various student organizations that are involved in outdoor activities and sustainable initiatives.

The department of Recreation and Wellness oversees the Climbing & Caving Club which visits a local gym and plans regional climbing and caving trips.

Green UR is dedicated to creating a more sustainable campus.

Experiential Learning: University of Richmond offers living-learning programs where students can have learning experiences that extend beyond the classroom.

Sophomore Scholars in Residence offers outdoor related courses such as Protected Lands of the American West.

First Year Communities are single-gendered living-learning programs for first year students, and offer various outdoor related programs, such as Richmond College’s RCXtreme.

Getting Outside in RVA

Check out this map of outdoor opportunities in the Richmond, VA area!