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About the OP

The Outdoor Program inspires learning through student-powered outdoor adventure

Core Values

The Core Values of the Outdoor Program are: Adventure, Active Lives, Community, Environmental Stewardship, Cooperative, and Student Empowerment.


  • 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


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


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


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


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


  • 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 the general community rate of just $25 a year ($20 for UO Almuni).