At Calvin University the wilderness becomes a powerful classroom. For over 20 years, Calvin students have had epic adventures together in iconic locations including Costa Rica, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Joshua Tree National Park, Red River Gorge, and the Ontario wilderness. CALVIN OUTDOOR RECREATION also explores and learns in its own backyard, enjoying abundant local mountain biking and paddling, as well as the dunes and beach environments of Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore and the rivers and trails of the Manistee National Forest.

Whether you are brand new to adventure or looking to become a skilled wilderness leader, CALVIN OUTDOOR RECREATION offers abundant opportunities, classes, and programs for you:

  • WILDERNESS ORIENTATION FOR INCOMING AND TRANSFER STUDENTS
  • SUSTAINABILITY AND OUTDOOR RECREATION LIVING AND LEARNING COMMUNITY
  • STATE-OF-THE-ART CLIMBING CENTER
  • WEEKEND, FALL BREAK, AND SPRING BREAK TRIPS
  • OUTFITTING RENTAL CENTER AND BIKE SHOP
  • EXPEDITIONARY FIELD COURSES
  • OUTDOOR/CLIMBING PER SKILLS COURSES
  • RECREATION LEADERSHIP MINOR

OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT RENTAL

Location – Monday and Thursday 4-5pm. Northside of Track and Tennis Building.  Our NEW Outdoor Rental Center and Outfitting Center opens on February 19 and will be open through April 25. Contact Brandon Price @ bpp5@calvin.edu for more info.  

BIKE MAINTAINCE

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4-5pm.  Come and get some mentoring with bike maintenance.  Our bike shop is open beginning March 12-April 24.  Contact Jack Klop @ jdk57@calvin.edu for more info.   

WEEKEND TRIPS:

Calvin Outdoor Recreation runs a variety of weekend trips during the winter.  Look for promotion and sign up at the Climbing Center.  Look for Skiing/Boarding, Winter Backpacking, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Backpacking. 

MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDES: 

Join us for local Tuesday rides beginning April 2.  Meet at the Outfitting Center/Bike Shop at 4:45.   Trips depart at 5pm.  Contact Jack Klop @ jdk57@calvin.edu for more info.   

POOL KAYAKING: 

Mondays 7:30-9pm.  Sign up at the Climbing Center Desk for a 4 week class. For more info contact Joel VanHekken @ jev65@calvin.edu 

OUTDOOR REC BIBLE STUDY:  

Thursdays 7:30 in the Recreation Classroom (HC 121).  For More info contact Ben Richards @ bar26@calvin.edu.  Bible Study begins January 25 and concludes April 25.  All are welcome! 

RED RIVER GORGE CLIMBING COURSE May 5-11, 2024

CANADA WILDERNESS LEADERSHIP COURSE August 16-28, 2024

WILDERNESS ORIENTATION TRIPS August 21-28, 2024

PICTURED ROCKS FALL BREAK BACKPACKING EXPEDITION October 18-21, 2024

GRAND CANYON BACKPACKING AND NOLS WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER COURSE January 1-18, 2025

For more information contact Ryan Rooks ryan.rooks@calvin.edu 

RECREATION LEADERSHIP MINOR:

Degree Overview: All students interested in developing their abilities to lead, facilitate, program, instruct, and manage risk are encouraged to complete a minor in recreation leadership studies during their time at Calvin University. Students selecting the recreation leadership minor will experience the Calvin campus as a learning lab. Along with on-campus courses, students travel well beyond the traditional classroom setting, exploring the rich and powerful experiential context of national and global field courses, community-based internships, adventure programming, and/or wilderness-based learning contexts. Recreation leadership minors will develop proficiency in a highly transferable leader skill sets; group facilitation, instruction, programming, risk management, development of teams, management of group dynamics, conflict management and resolution, and development of individual self-efficacy.

Opportunities for adventure