About the OP

The Outdoor Program inspires learning through student-powered outdoor adventure

Core Values

  • Promoting self propelled, DIY and cooperative adventure
  • Sharing of skills and resources to foster confidence in the outdoors
  • Encouraging local, accessible trips as well as far flung expeditions

  • Active Lives
  • Encouraging mind and body wellness
  • Promoting active human powered transportation and recreation
  • Fun activities to reduce stress and increase health
  • Self propelled

  • Community
  • Fostering a community of outdoor enthusiasts
  • Creating a welcoming and compassionate environment
  • Emphasizing social responsibility
  • Embracing cultural diversity

  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Promoting “Leave no Trace” ethic
  • Instilling a sense of wonder and appreciation of the natural world
  • Fostering ecological advocacy and action

  • Cooperative
  • Employing consensus based decision making
  • Promoting collaborative sharing of skills, work, costs
  • Hands-on experiential
  • Making adventure accessible and affordable

  • Student Empowerment
  • Providing leadership opportunities
  • Promoting out of classroom learning opportunities
  • Instilling sense of ownership in program direction

The OP provides a wide range of information, gear rentals, resources, trips, events and clinics, as well as a bike events, loans, and self-service maintenance shop- all our activities and resources reflect our philosophy. All University of Oregon students are members of the Outdoor Program. If you’re not a student at the UO, you can still participate in OP trips and events by paying just $20-$25 a year.