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Outdoor Education

Take Your Education Outdoors!

Through hands-on experience, reflection and transferable skill development, the Outdoor Education program fosters transformative education. Rooted in experiential education, students participate in intentional, challenging, and group-based activities that promote wellness, positive relationships, and care for the environment through active experience in the outdoors. Outdoor Education offerings aim to instill an appreciation for the outdoors by providing space for significant learning and leadership cultivation.

Custom Group Experiences

Our staff can facilitate group activities and team building exercises that lead to deeper personal and interpersonal understandings based on the unique needs of your group! Complete the form below outlining your group's needs, and we will contact you to finalize the details.

Custom Group Experiences Request Form

Outdoor Education Facilities

Outdoor Engagement Center

Located at 438 Stonemill Rd, Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Engagement Center (OEC) provides the University of Dayton and the surrounding community with opportunities and resources to engage the natural world in a sustained, collaborative, and meaningful way that promotes a lifelong appreciation for the outdoors and personal health and wellness. The OEC embodies UD’s principles of community living by offering outdoor experiences and equipment that lead to outcomes connected to the holistic development of individuals and groups, while welcoming all individuals regardless their experience or skill level. These efforts are dedicated to sharing knowledge and providing direct experiences that educate on the common good in one’s commitment to enjoying the outdoors responsibly.

View the OEC hours or contact for more information.


Rock Wall

Exercise, socialize and climb to new heights --literally! The Rock Wall is located in the RecPlex and features top-rope climbing and a bouldering cave. Access to the wall is free for Campus Recreation members, and climbing shoes and harnesses are available for use at no charge. Those new to climbing are welcome, and will be coached and encouraged by our friendly and knowledgeable Rock Wall staff!

View our climbing hours or visit the Rock Wall facilities page for more information.


Campus Recreation

2 Evanston Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45409