Adventure WV began as a small Outdoor Orientation Program for incoming
WVU first-year students. We have since expanded our offerings to include
an Outdoor Recreation Center, Climbing Wall, Outdoor Education Center, Challenge
Course, Zip Canopy Tour, International Study Abroad Programs, Leadership Training
opportunities, and many other Outdoor and Experiential Education programs.
Our initial vision to provide wilderness-based college orientation programs for first-year students has developed in to a more comprehensive charge of developing adventure education programming for students of all levels, supporting adjustment to college life, retention, and career success by assisting student development in self knowledge, team work, and leadership skills.
Adventure WV Programs
Orientation Experiences are optional pre-college trips and programs that allow students the opportunity to meet other freshmen, reflect on their transition to college, hear advice from upperclassmen leaders about WVU, and see a different side of the University and the state.
Students who participate come away with friendships and adventures of a lifetime, and feel more prepared for college!
We offer a variety of unique programs to choose from, depending on the activities you are interested in, the length and cost of the program, there is something for you! No experience is necessary for any of our programs.
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Outdoor Recreation Center
The Outdoor Recreation program includes four main areas –
outdoor trips/seminars, community service,
equipment rental, and a resource center including
DIY Outdoors. This variety of programs appeals to everyone from children
to adults. Beginner to advanced skill level programming is offered.
The Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC), located in the free zone of the Student Recreation Center , is the hub of the Center’s Outdoor Recreation program. The ORC offers a variety of information, including books, maps, and brochures about our programs as well as other outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the state of West Virginia and beyond.
Outdoor Education Center
The WVU Challenge Course is a multi-faceted programming facility designed to promote student learning and development. The Challenge Course is located in the University Research Forest which provides an optimal setting for reflective learning. The facility is comprised of 11 low challenge course elements and 3 high course elements which can be utilized individually or in sequence to meet the needs of the group.
Low course activities focus on teambuilding and problem solving in a comfortable and controlled learning environment. High course activities also stimulate teamwork and problem solving but have the added component of an increased perceived risk. These belayed activities take place on one of our 3 unique high elements up to 50’ off the ground! Participant learning and growth is the focus of all challenge course programming. Trained facilitators create and maintain a safe learning environment and facilitate guided reflections on the experience. All programming incorporates a philosophy that encourages, but never forces participants to try each element and participate.
Zip Canopy Tour
The Adventure WV canopy tour is comprised of 3 ziplines, an aerial bridge, and a tandem rappel station to exit the course. Each zip or leg of the course ranges in length from the 201’ starting zip, to the 750’ zip at the conclusion of the course. Participants will rappel 45’ from the final platform to the ground. After exiting the course, participants will hike from the base of the final tree back to the equipment shed on an interpretive nature trail (approximately 10 mins on a moderate trail).
Throughout the canopy tour experience, participants will learn about the University Research Forest. The canopy tour guides will provide information about the forest, what it is used for, how it’s managed and what kinds of plants and animals call it home. The canopy tour provides a unique perspective on the forest as well as the individual trees that support the canopy tour itself.
Experience the thrill of rock climbing on our massive 50-foot climbing wall, the literal heart of the Student Recreation Center. Designed to replicate the unique beauty of West Virginia’s outdoors, the wall features more than 2,000 interchangeable hand-holds attached to 3,500 square feet of simulated rock surface, which features face climbs, crack climbs, a small cave/roof, a pillar, overhangs, aretes, and many other small features. These features allow for a wide range of climbs, from beginner to advanced. There is also a bouldering cave with high angle climbing surfaces that will challenge even the most accomplished climbers. Climbers of all skill levels can challenge themselves, hone their skills, and keep in shape.