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.

Email outdooradventure@richmond.edu for more information.

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Additional Outdoor Programming on Campus

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

Climbing & Caving Club visits a local gym and plans regional climbing and caving trips.

Outdoor Club plans hikes and other outdoor activities.

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.

Students can also apply to partipate in Earth Lodge, the outdoor living-learning community.

Getting Outside in RVA

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