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Precautions and Programming Impacts
In accordance with WVU procedures, AdventureWV is taking the following steps:

The Outdoor Recreation trips program is focused on getting people outside to explore new places, gain skills, meet new people, and have fun. A wide range of trips include beginner through advanced skill opportunities in backpacking, kayaking, climbing, camping, hiking, bicycling, skiing, and much more.
List of all Spring 2021 Adventure Activities

Day and Weekend Trips - Single-day trips include tours of local outdoor areas. Skills and safety instruction are an integral part of every trip so that participants can reduce the risks of the activity, participate actively in the trip, and go on their own trips in the future.

Ski Trips
Timberline Skiing -  February 11th, 20th, 27th | 7:00 AM-7:00 PM

Timberline Ski Resort is one of West Virginia's best downhill locations.  There are long slopes with great views of the surrounding Canaan Valley.  The resort is newly reopened with improved lifts and lodge facilities.  

There are two registration options, with 14 spots that include bus transportation from WVU and 20 spots that do not include transportation.

Cost: $55! 

Online Registration  

Adventure Spring Retreat

March 21 & April 25 | 11:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Join us for our semi-annual WVU Spring Retreat. At Spring Retreat you’ll have the opportunity to get to know other WVU students, play outdoor games, eat free lunch and enjoy a campfire, explore the local forest using mindfulness practices, do some crafts, and de-stress on the WVU Campus. If you are looking for a way to make deeper friendships at WVU, have some weekend fun, and reduce your stress level, then this event was specifically designed for you! Plus, every participant gets FREE giveaways! Cost - Free!

Evansdale 5k Route Walking Tour

March 24 | 5:00- 8:00 PM
Follow @adventure_wv on Instagram for our story on the Evansdale 5k walking/jogging route.  Follow along with us and tag #adventurewv on your own walk/jog!

Aerial Adventures:  Zip Canopy Tour

April 4, 11, 18, 25 & May 2

Go zip-lining on WVU's own zip-line canopy tour! Believed to be the only zip-line canopy tour owned by a university, the tour lasts 4 hours and includes transportation to and from the SRC. Bring a friend and experience 7 platforms (as high as 60 ft), 4 zip-lines, a sky bridge, a sky ladder and a 40-foot rappel. Zip speeds reach 30 mph. No prior experience is necessary. Low physical difficulty; beginner skill level. Program does enforce a 250lbs. weight limit.. This program includes transportation! Check-in will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will occur between the Student Rec Center and Evansdale Rec Fields near parking lot #49. Participants under the age of 18 will need a parental signature. Cost - $25

Online Registration  

Climbing Day Trip 

April 11 & 25

Try out climbing at Cooper’s Rock State Forest! This local destination provides great climbing on "Grit Stone." You will learn basic skills and rope climb with our Climbing Site Managers. All gear provided.  Notice! Transportation to the site not provided. You must drive yourself or take public transportation. Cost: $30

Online Registration  

Ecosystem Hike

April 12 | 4:00- 6:00 PM
Life is all around us, all the time, you just have to look! Join us in the arboretum for an experiment in ecology and biodiversity. Notice! Transportation to the site not provided. You must drive yourself or take public transportation.. Cost - Free!

Arboretum Wildflower Hike

April 21 | 3:00- 5:00 PM
Woodland wildflowers in the spring are prolific and spectacular.  The WVU Arboretum is the best place to see this special display near Morgantown.  We will hike around the trails and learn about the different flowers of the eastern woodlands.  Notice!  Transportation to the site not provided.  You must drive yourself or take public transportation.  Cost - Free!

Workshops are two hour sessions intended to teach basic skills for people who want to do outdoor adventure trips on their own.  These will be focused and "hands on".  The workshops are free, but registration is required. 

Ski & Snowboard Tuning Workshop

February 22nd | 5:30-7:30 PM
This workshop will focus on how downhill skis and snowboards are tuned and how to maintain your own gear.  Focus will be on fixing damage to the base, sharpening and waxing.  Bring your own gear for practice.  

Cost: Free! 

Backpacking/Route Planning Workshop

March 2nd | 5:30-7:30 PM

Do you want to participate in backpacking trips on your own, but need the nitty gritty details for how to plan and create a fun and organized trip? This workshop is for you. We will go over basics, including: gear, risk management, food and route planning.  

Cost: Free!

Online Registration

How to Build a Fire

March 10th  |  5:00-7:00 PM
Online Registration

Backcountry Shelters & Tarps

This workshop will focus on basic techniques to set up backcountry shelters.  This will include tents, tarps and hybrid shelters.  A big focus will be on knots and rigging techniques for backcountry tarps.  After participating, you will be comfortable setting up a "bomb proof" shelter the next time you head into the backcountry.  

March 18th  5:00-7:00 PM
Online Registration

Plan your own Adventure

This workshop will include learning about a range of topics including gear, clothing, cooking, and risk management.  We will also focus on where to go in West Virginia and what resources are available to help you get the information you need to plan and go on your own adventure trips.  

March 26th  |  5:00-7:00 PM
Online Registration

Bear Safety Workshop

This workshop will focus on safety from and protection of animals while camping and backpacking.  While we will focus on bears because they are amazing and smart, we will also talk about birds, mice, raccoons and other wildlife.  We will take a look at gear, techniques and camping practices to keep wildlife from getting into and being impacted by the food we take into the backcountry.  

March 29th  | 5:00-7:00 PM
Online Registration

Eating Outside! Menus & Cooking Workshop

April 6th  5:00-7:00 PM

What to make for dinner? This and other important questions are answered in this workshop intended to help you plan for and make good food while on your outdoor trips. 

Cost: Free!

Online Registration

Parking Lot Bike Skills

This workshop is focused on building fundamental skills for new riders. These skills will translate directly to building technical competencies for riding all levels of trails. Specifically, participants will learn how to stay safe while riding with others, how to prepare for a ride, different aspects of equipment, and how to fit a bike to yourself. Additionally, participants will get to work through skill drills to begin the development of skills to take them to the next level. 

April 14th  | 4:00-6:00 PM
Online Registration

Bike Maintenance Workshop

April 22nd | 5:00-7:00 PM

This workshop will focus on basic knowledge and skills to maintain and fix common bicycle repairs. Topics will include: cleaning and lubing a bike, replacing/patching a tube, fixing a chain, and adjusting brakes and gears. Bring your own bike for practice.

Cost: Free!

Online Registration  

Outdoor Aerial Extravaganza

April 24th   | 1:00-5:00 PM

Have you ever had the chance to balance on a slackline? Or maybe fly through the air on aerial silks? What about having interest in the basics of outdoor rigging and rappelling? This event is designed to show you the basics in fun outdoor aerial activities such as slacklining, aerial silks and the background and introduction into ascending and rappelling on rope.

Cost: Free!

Online Registration

Climbing Skills Rodeo!

Welcome to the Climbing Skills Rodeo! This program will introduce participants to the fundamental aspects of rope systems used in climbing. You can expect to learn about different kinds of equipment from carabiners to belay devices and maybe even hauling systems. We will also spend time working through the basic principals of anchor building and how to create top rope anchors. This is an opportunity to practice and learn the technical aspects of climbing that get you to new and fun climbing areas. 

April 30th  4:00-6:00 PM
Online Registration  

Seminars include travel to a local spot and focus on teaching basic skills of a specific activity.  These programs have a fee and are usually one half day in length.  Seminar Titles - Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Flatwater Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboard.

Mountain Bike Seminars

March 28th | 1:00-4:00 PM (Westover), April  18th | 1:00-4:00 PM (Westover),  May  2nd | 1:00-4:00 PM (Coopers Rock) 

Basic Skills Seminars are designed to introduce fundamental technical skills. The mountain biking seminar will cover equipment, basic riding techniques and bike control, trail features, risk management and safety. This seminar will utilize beginner trails but allows for fun riding for those who learn quickly. You will need to provide your own transportation to Westover or Coopers Rock.

Cost: $15!

Online Registration  

Canoe Seminar

April  10th | 1:00-4:00 PM

Basic Skill Seminars are designed to introduce fundamental technical skills. The canoe seminar will cover equipment, basic strokes and boat control, basic river features, risk management, safety and self rescue, as well as fundamentals of onwater canoe tripping. Notice! Transportation to the site not provided. You must drive yourself or take public transportation.

Cost: $30!

Online Registration  
Kayak Seminars
April  17th | 1:00-4:00 PM & May 1st  1:00-4:00 PM

Basic Skill Seminars are designed to introduce fundamental technical skills. The kayak seminar will cover equipment, basic strokes and boat control, basic river features, risk management, safety and self rescue, as well as fundamentals of onwater kayak touring. Notice! Transportation to the site not provided. You must drive yourself or take public transportation.

Cost:  $30

SUP Seminar

April  24th | 1:00-3:00 PM
Basic Skill Seminars are designed to introduce fundamental technical skills. The SUP seminar will cover equipment, basic strokes and boat control, basic river features, risk management, safety and self rescue.. Notice! Transportation to the site not provided. You must drive yourself or take public transportation.

Cost:  $30

Registration can be done online through WVU GO or in person at the Outdoor Rec. Center (Located in the free zone of the Student Recreation Center).  The registration process includes reserving a spot on a trip/program, payment of the fee, a waiver and a personal information form.  The online process requires that you have a WVU ID and login capabilities. 

Who can Participate?

Current WVU students, faculty and staff as well as immediate family.  Any of these can sponsor one person to attend with them. Immediate family who do not have a WVU ID will have to register with a student or employee. 

The Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) for ORC Programs are applied to all participants. A qualified person should meet the general EEC for AWV as well as the EEC for the specific program activities and program areas. If an applicant does not meet specific criteria, AWV might be able to accommodate an applicant, but will not do so if it significantly alters the fundamental nature of the program activity, jeopardizes the health and safety of program participants or staff, or places an undue administrative or financial burden on WVU or Adventure WV. Requests for accommodations must be submitted in writing to Adventure WV. Please read the EEC Specifics prior to registration/participation.  

Payment Method

Students may pay through their STAR account (In person registration only). Others may pay with credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover).

Refund Policy

Refunds will only be given to those who give notice more than one week prior to the trip that they cannot attend. Extended trips that require more planning must be canceled 45 days in advance and may include a non-refundable deposit. A refund may be given after this time if a replacement can be found from the trip’s wait list.


Leaders for the ORC trips are students who have gone through an extensive outdoor leadership class and have worked as Adventure West Virginia leaders over the summer. If you are interested in becoming a leader, check out this Adventure West Virginia leader web page.

Pre-Trip Meeting

Overnight trips will include a pre-trip meeting on the Thursday before the trip is scheduled. This meeting is mandatory for trip participants. It will include valuable information, such as appropriate clothing, necessary gear, what food to bring, the trip plan, and any necessary paperwork. 

Trip Difficulty

Outdoor trips, by their nature, have risks associated with them. All risks cannot be eliminated without destroying the purpose and character of the trip or seminar.

The trip difficulty scale has been created to help participants choose the correct activity for their interests and needs.

Monongahela National Forest Affiliation

West Virginia University is a partner with the Monongahela National Forest . WVU is an equal opportunity employer.