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Experience one more trip before your classes start with New Adventures - Ohio University’s adventure orientation program for first year students. Coming to college can be a daunting experience filled with uncertainty, excitement, and new challenges. One of the best ways to prepare for your college adventure is to come with us on New Adventures! Participating in an outdoor orientation program helps new students to develop leadership skills, see amazing places, and form lasting friendships that make your transition into college smooth and enjoyable. You also get to know about college life from upperclassmen before classes even start, and can even earn credits before the first day of class.

Since the first outdoor orientation program held at Dartmouth College over 80 years ago, generations of college freshman have participated in programs at universities all over the country. Now, you can be part of this tradition at Ohio University.  New Adventures offers three trip options:  the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness paddling expedition, backpacking in the Dolly Sods wilderness area of West Virginia,  and Rock Climbing in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge.  Whichever trip you choose, be ready for an amazing experience that you will not soon forget!

Frequently Asked Questions

New Adventures Trips 2015


                                     Boundary Waters Wilderness Area Canoe - SOLD OUT!!


The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) adjacent to Canada's Quentico Provincial Park, is one of the few remaining unspoiled wilderness areas in the United States. It covers more than 2 million acres between northern Minnesota and southern Canada. This Trip begins with a half day orientation at Ohio University on August 10th, 2015. The trip will leave August 11th and head for Superior National Forest, Minnesota. During the seven day adventure in the Boundary Waters, participants will travel by canoe, portage canoes between lakes, and camp at isolated, beautiful campsites. Late summer sunsets will highlight evening meals, evening reflection meetings, and discussions of wilderness skills, and campus life at OU. Participants will travel in groups of nine while canoeing, with seven peers and two Ohio University trip leaders. All participants can earn 3 college credit hours while on this trip. 

Trip Itinerary

Trip Dates: August 10th - 21st, 2015                                                                   new adventures boundry waters 2
Destination: Ely, Minnesota
Trip Fee: $500
Transportation Fee: $170 (charged to your student account)
Skill Level: (Beginner to experienced)
Total Spaces: 14     
PLEASE NOTE: A wait list will be available after  the first 14 spaces are filled.

Take a look at the Boundary Waters Wilderness!
You can earn 3 credits by participating in this trip!
Contact Outdoor Pursuits for details.

New Adventure Registration Instructions

Click here to register for you New Adventure Trip

Contact Vicki Spencer (740-597-1484/ if you would like more information

                                    Rock Climbing in the Red River Gorge - SOLD OUT!!


The Red River Gorge is a unique and scenic natural area within the Daniel Boone Natural Forest of
Kentucky. The Gorge is well known for its abundant natural stone arches, unusual rock formations,
and spectacular sandstone cliffs. After an afternoon on our own high ropes course, we will head to
the “Red” to explore the area from the spectacular views you will have as you enjoy four days of rock
climbing on some of the hundreds of routes at the Gorge, and on numerous day hikes during the week.
Prior climbing experience is helpful but not necessary – we’ll provide basic and more advanced
instruction as needed. Every day will end at camp where we will enjoy back country meals and a
well-earned campfire to rest by.  Camping will take place at Natural Bridges State Park. 

Trip Itinerary

Trip Dates: August 15th - 21st, 2015
Destination: Red River Gorge, Kentucky
Trip and Transportation Fee: $325
Total Spaces: 12     
Skill Level: (Beginner to experienced)

Check out some climbing in the Red!
You can earn 3 credits by participating in this trip!
Contact Outdoor Pursuits for details.

New Adventure Registration Instructions

Click here to register for you New Adventure Trip

Contact Vicki Spencer (740-597-1484/ vs197011@ohio.eduif you would like more information.

                                     Dolly Sods Wilderness Backpack - SOLD OUT!!!


The Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia has all of the sights and challenge of the Rockies
but is just four hours' drive from Ohio University. We'll spend our first day on campus at the
Outdoor Pursuits ropes course followed by an evening clinic on backcountry camping and a chance
to test your moves on the indoor climbing wall. The next four days we'll spend in the mountains of
Dolly Sods trekking on paths used by settlers to take us past secluded forest groves, boulder filled rivers, and jaw dropping views of the Appalachian mountain landscape. At the end of each day you'll take
charge of setting up your own campsite and making meals, followed by fireside talks about the experiences of the day while you soak in the night sky. Our final day will wrap up with a stop at the
Ohio University zip line for a thrilling ending to an adventure packed week. Prior backpacking experience is helpful but not necessary; the Outdoor Pursuits trip leaders will guide you as you develop the skills needed for success on your New Adventure into Dolly Sods.

Trip Itinerary

Trip Dates: 
August 16th - 21st, 2015
Destination: Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, West Virginia
Trip and Transportation Fee: $325
Available Spaces: 8
Skill Level: (Beginner to experienced)

Here is a sneak peak of the beautiful landscapes!

You can earn 3 credits by participating in this trip!
Contact Outdoor Pursuits for details.

New Adventure Registration Instructions

Contact Vicki Spencer (740-597-1484/ vs197011@ohio.eduif you would like more information.



Interested in Learning more about the trips?

Contact a past participant!

Emily Riggs, Class of 2017
Major: Outdoor Recreation and Education

"The new adventures trip helped me realize that I wanted to study Outdoor Recreation and also helped me ease into the college life. It provided me with 3 great friends that I am living with now and hope to stay close with for the rest of my life".


Emily Burson, Class of 2016
Contact her!

"After participating in the New Adventures program through Outdoor Pursuits, I can't imagine having started my college career any differently. I am now a junior and it has set the tone for my entire experience at OU so far. It gave me the clarity I needed to see what I was really going to OU to achieve and shaped my success by giving me the confidence to follow my dreams. This trip also provided me with an excellent support system seeing as the people I met are still some of my best friends today. It is a laid-back, yet informative experience and I would recommend it to everyone starting college for the first time. I can honestly say it very positively changed my life and I'd love to answer any questions about my experience or the program!"

Emerson Milam, Class of 2018

Emerson Milam, Class of 2018
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"I was a part of the New Adventures trip, right before school started. I loved the people I met, my leaders. Without a doubt they made my transition from out of state, and as a first semester freshman easier. I don't think it would have gone nearly as smoothly without them." - Emerson Milam

Goals of New Adventures

1. Form strong friendships and create a supportive community of peers.
2. Grow through new personal challenges that can help you to succeed at Ohio U.
3. Be exposed to community issues such as teamwork, group dynamics, and leadership.
4. Learn life-long outdoor travel skills and low-impact outdoor recreation ethics.


Registration Information

PLEASE NOTE: You must submit BOTH your Registration Form AND payment to reserve your place
on a New Adventures trip. Payment can be made online below, or by telephone.

Registration begins on May 15 and closes July 31st, 2015. Space is limited on each trip so if you
are interested, apply soon as registration begins. 

Trips will be filled on a first come, first served basis 
determined by the date and time of receiving your completed registration form and payment.
You can register by telephone or e-mail but you will not be added to the trip roster until full
payment for you trip is received. Payment can be made using credit / debit card by telephone or
the online payment link on this website. After you are registered, you will receive a confirmation
within 48 hours by e-mail, and additional information to help you to prepare for your trip. You
can contact Outdoor Pursuits at any time if you have additional questions.

Registration cancelations made by July 31st will receive a 50% refund of trip fees; cancelations after August 1st will receive no refund of trip fees except in the case of unforeseen circumstances such as injury, illness, or other immediate family emergency. 

Have Questions?
Vicki Spencer, New Adventures Coordinator  (740) 597-1484    /
“Starting off my college experience with this trip under my belt, I feel as though I can do anything I want to in college because I know I am able to succeed.”    - New Adventures participant