Ducks Live for the Outdoors

Whether you are a newbie or an experienced explorer, the Outdoor Program is excited to introduce you to the many wonders in Oregon and beyond. We offer a variety of all-levels group outings, bike rides, classes and clinics, and service projects led by Outdoor Program student staff and trip initiators.

OP Outing or Common Adventure Trip—what’s the difference? OP Outings are group outings led by knowledgeable Outdoor Program staff who are very familiar with the activity or area. OP Outings are entry-level, led instead of consensus-based, and do not last overnight. Common Adventure Trips are adventures planned and led by students and community members who have taken our Trip Initiator Clinic. Common Adventure Trips operate on a group-consensus, decision-making process and tend to vary in difficulty. Some are easy and require little to no experience, while others are technical and require more experience.

Students are automatically members of the Outdoor Program, so take advantage of our low-cost outings and trips and try out a new activity.

Type of Events

CLINICS AND CLASSES
Learn a range of outdoor basics from raft guiding and snow shelters to mushroom picking.

OP OUTINGS
Outings include everything from hikes and bike rides to kayaking and visits to hot springs, led by our staff.

COMMON ADVENTURE TRIPS
Cooperative travel for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels—planned and led by students like you.

OP EVENTS
Movie premiers, guest speakers, the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival, and more.

SERVICE PROJECTS
Environmental restoration such as beach clean-up, Hendricks Park trail restoration, and more.

BIKE PROGRAM
Your hub for all things bike related—a DIY workspace, repair stations, classes, rides, and rentals.

 

Jul 29
Paddleboard Outing 2:00 p.m.

Come paddleboard with us! Join us on a fun Inflatable Paddleboard float in Alton Baker park, on the Canoe Canal for a great Thursday evening! Level 1 Outing, no experience needed!...
July 29 2:00 p.m.
Outdoor Program (OP) Barn

Come paddleboard with us! Join us on a fun Inflatable Paddleboard float in Alton Baker park, on the Canoe Canal for a great Thursday evening! Level 1 Outing, no experience needed! Great for first timers, and also great for experts who want to paddle with friends, or hang out in nature, and everyone else in between! We will meet at the OP Rental Barn (18th and University St.) at 5:30pm. All equipment provided, but SIGN UPS are required! Call the OP to sign up, as space is limited: 541-346-4371 or 541-346-6092 to pay for and reserve your spot. $10.

Outing opened to UO students only

Date: Thursday, July 29th

Time: 2:00pm

Location: Outdoor Program Rental Barn, 1225 E. 18th Ave;

Sign-up Monday-Friday 12-5 pm at the Rental Barn call 541-346-4371; or OP Bike Program 541-346-6092; $10

Level 1:  Designed for beginners:  no experience necessary; all equipment provided; easy terrain and short distances/duration.

Questions about accessibility / your ability to participate? Email opwww@uoregon.edu

Jul 30
Sunset Bike Ride 6:00 p.m.

Come along for an evening ride leaving the Bike Program and up one of Eugene's most popular cycling hills (that's right, people actually like going uphill), just in time...
July 30 6:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), 008

Come along for an evening ride leaving the Bike Program and up one of Eugene's most popular cycling hills (that's right, people actually like going uphill), just in time to catch sunset. This ride goes up to Fox Hollow and has many great views along the way. Because of the very hilly nature, this ride is considered level 3, meaning that some amount of previous experience is necessary, and the terrain will be difficult. Bike lights, bikes, and helmets are available if needed (helmets required).

Outing opened to UO students only.

Location: Outdoor & Bike Program EMU 008

Sign-up: Monday-Friday noon-5 pm at the Outdoor & Bike Program Office, EMU 008, or call 541-346-6092

Level 3: More advanced: previous experience doing this activity necessary; more challenging terrain, and longer;  distances; all equipment provided but advanced participants are welcome to and may want to use their own gear.

Questions about accessibility / your ability to participate? Email opwww@uoregon.edu 

Aug 17
Now Renting Float Tubes!noon

Summer is here and the river is calling! We are now renting Float Tubes from the OP Rental Barn!  Please call and reserve your tube - 541-346-4371.  $8/day for...
August 17–24
OP Rental Barn: 1225 E 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403

Summer is here and the river is calling! We are now renting Float Tubes from the OP Rental Barn! 

Please call and reserve your tube - 541-346-4371.  $8/day for students and members. $25/year for community memberships. Lots of other paddling rentals available too - SUPs, kayaks, and camping gear!

Aug 21
PaddleCross River Race!

Join the Willamette River Festival and try the PaddleCross river race, paddling up the Canoe Canal in Alton Baker Park, then down the rapids of the Willamette River!  Must...
August 21–28
100 Day Island Rd, Eugene, OR 97401

Join the Willamette River Festival and try the PaddleCross river race, paddling up the Canoe Canal in Alton Baker Park, then down the rapids of the Willamette River! 

Must sign up and register at the Festival website: WillametteRiverFest.org. Rental boats available from the Outdoor Program, M-F 12-5; call to reserve your boat today, 541-346-4371! 

There are three options to complete the route; the race can be done as a self-guided/timed adventure, anytime from August 21-28.  There will also be a guided run down the course on August 21. And, there will be safety boaters on the river to support anyone that wants to run the race on August 28, 12-3pm. More info at the Festival website.

Aug 21
Willamette River Festival 8:00 a.m.

Join the 4th annual Willamette River Festival! This year, we’re back with an even more robust week of celebration and activities connecting people to the history, culture,...
August 21–28
Alton Baker Park

Join the 4th annual Willamette River Festival! This year, we’re back with an even more robust week of celebration and activities connecting people to the history, culture, ecology and recreation opportunities on the river in the Eugene-Springfield and greater Willamette Valley region. Check out the website for more information: https://willametteriverfest.org/

Aug 25
Willamette River Festival Kayak Trips 11:00 a.m.

Join the OP and UO community members for an Inflatable Kayak float down the Willamette River! This event is run by OP staff members and is a perfect way for community members...
August 25 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Alton Baker Park

Join the OP and UO community members for an Inflatable Kayak float down the Willamette River! This event is run by OP staff members and is a perfect way for community members to enjoy kayaking in an easy-going environment. No experience is necessary! 

There are 3 different trips that you can sign up for, either a 11am, 2:00pm, or 5pm trip. Sign-up starting August 1st by calling 541-346-4371.