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October Adventures: WVU OEC's Student Opportunities

Coy Belknap |

Calling all adventurous students at West Virginia University! October is here, and it's the perfect time to dive into the great outdoors with Adventure WV and the WVU Outdoor Education Center (OEC). Whether you're an aspiring outdoor enthusiast or a seasoned adventurer, these October programs offer fantastic opportunities to get outside, capture the regions best fall colors, and strengthen your connection with community and the outdoors. 

Empowering Students Through Outdoor Education

Situated in the heart of the WVU Research Forest, just north of Coopers Rock State Forest, the WVU Outdoor Education Center is a multi-faceted facility dedicated to providing quality educational and aerial adventure activities. The facility includes the WVU Challenge Course, WVU Zip-Line Canopy Tour and the Adventure Basecamp Overnight Facility. Groups can select from single day zip-line canopy tour & aerial adventure activities, team-building events, STEM based zip-line programs or custom create their own overnight event. Programs are available for both the adventure seeking individuals and educational groups. 

Night Time Canopy Tour Expereince

Students go ziplining at night at the WVU Outdoor Education Center as part of its Night-Time and Halloween Program Series. 

Lo"WVU is the only university in the nation that can provide these types of program experiences for students. The fall season is such a special time in West Virginia. Its great we can provide these at affordable rates and with transportation" Coy Belknap - Director of Adventure WV

October Program Highlights

  1. Zipline Canopy Tour Shuttles: Schedules to occur each Wednesday throughout the fall semester, these programs include transportation to the  WVU Outdoor Education Center. Check-in will begin at 3:15 p.m. at the WVU Outdoor Rec Center, located within the WVU Student Rec Center.
  2. Night Time & Halloween Ziplines: Scheduled to occur near the end of October, these program start at dusk, and give participants an opportunity to experience ziplining at dark. Outfitted with glow sticks and guided by staff, these programs include transportation to and from the WVU Outdoor Education Center. 
  3. Night Time & Halloween Alpine Tower & Giant Swing: In addition to our Night Time Ziplines, students can also participate in two of our most popular activities - the Alpine Tower and Giant Swing. Much like the Zipline option, students will be equipped with glow sticks and partial lighting as they climb and swing at night. 

Building Student Community

Beyond outdoor adventures, Adventure WV is all about fostering connections among students. These programs specifically blend challenge, adventure & fun so that students can engage, make friends and galvanize their community all in a supportive outdoor environment. 

Registration and More Information

Ready to seize these October opportunities? Visit our official website link below or get in touch with the OEC directly at to secure your spot. Keep in mind that spaces are limited, so act fast to embark on your October adventure with Adventure WV and the WVU OEC.