Outdoor Program History

The OP cooperative began in 1967 when a few UO students began posting notes to share rides and gear for outdoor adventures. Since then the OP has grown into a thriving program of trips, events, gear rentals, resources, bike loans, and self-service maintenance. UO's Outdoor Program is nationally recognized as the premier common adventure program in the country and the birthplace of modern collegiate outdoor programs.

In 1991, the OP Barn Trip Facility was built to house the growing gear for OP trips, and in 2003 OP gear rentals were made available for UO students' and co-op members' private trips. Through all the changes and growth, the OP remains true to its simple roots of cooperative, consensus-based, safe, fun, educational adventures for everyone.

Join our Team

The Outdoor Program is staffed by experienced professionals and knowledgeable students who strive to make your outdoor pursuits a reality. Our team creates a fun and wonder-filled environment where students can be themselves, discover new adventures, and safely explore the outdoors. Interested in working for the OP? Expand your outdoor skills and join a community of support, respect, leadership, and shared responsibility. Learn more about our team and how to apply below.

Values and Sustainability

In the Pacific Northwest, we love nature. That’s why sustainability is so important to us. In fact, it’s so important that we plumb our toilets with an in-house rainwater catchment system, power our facilities with solar energy, encourage leave no trace ethics, and more. Environmental stewardship is one of our core values, along with adventure, active lives, community, cooperation, and student empowerment.

Co-op Membership

We welcome everyone to join our community of adventurers and to use our resources. However, the Outdoor Program is only free to UO students. Faculty, staff, alumni, and community members may utilize the OP Rental Barn, Bike Program, and OP trips and resources all year for a small fee. Those who are not students or co-op members may purchase a day pass for $5.00. Join us and make the most of your next excursion.