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First-year students invited to participate in Adventure Learning Program for Success


Ohio University’s Outdoor Pursuits, a division of Campus Recreation, is partnering with Undergraduate Orientation Programs to hold its second “Adventure Learning Program for Success” (ALPS) the weekend of Oct. 3.

ALPS is a chance for first-year students to join a group of their new classmates for camping and adventure at Wildcat Hollow in Wayne National Forest. Participants will get to hike in one of the most spectacular wilderness areas in Athens County, sleep in a tent, and enjoy campfires and late-night stargazing.

“This program will help those students who haven’t yet made a connection and show them what Ohio University has to offer them,” said Cimmeron O’Connor, assistant director of orientation programs. “I hope that this program reveals to students their potential and what they can contribute to Ohio University.”

No prior experience in the outdoors is necessary for participation in the trip. In fact, while the majority of the trip takes place in an outdoor setting, this is not the main focus of the trip. The purpose is to learn about the many natural and cultural resources Ohio has to offer, all about Ohio University as a university, and to be able to ask the many questions students may have now that they are on campus.

ALPS is a great opportunity for students to make new friends, try something that may be out of their comfort zone, and hopefully begin to feel at home at Ohio University. This sense of belongingness will help to ease the transition to OHIO and allow first-year students to experience what is like to be a part of a larger community.

The cost for students is just $15 and includes meals, transportation, and camping equipment for the weekend.

If interested in the Oct. 3 weekend adventure, please register by Thursday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. For more information and to register, visit https://calendar.ohio.edu/event/adventure-learning-program-for-success-alps-4/.