ODP 50

Outdoor Program: 50 years of student-led adventure

Since 1966, the Outdoor Program has been helping PSU students access and enjoy the outdoors. This year we celebrate 50 years of this pioneering program, which paved the way for similar university outdoor programs across the country.


We're hosting a 50th anniversary celebration on Friday, October 14, 2016. All those who have worked or volunteered for ODP over the 50 years are welcome to attend. Visit the event website for more information and to RSVP. Stay informed by filling out this contact form

An ODP in snow gear poses for a group photo.

A photo from 1969 hikers resting on snow-covered slopes.

Fellow Adventurers

Todd Bauch - Former ODP Director.

Todd Bauch
Former ODP Coordinator

"Many things have changed in 50 years, but ODP still develops leadership, inspires discovery and cultivates stewardship of resources and experiences."

Livia Lichtenstein-Hershman - WiLD Intern.

Livia Lichtenstein-Hershman
WiLD Intern | Freshman

"I was looking for community, and the minute I stepped into the room at ODP for the WiLD program informational meeting I felt as if I'd found my tribe."

Ruby Buchholtz - Assistant Trip Leader.

Ruby Buchholtz
Asst. Trip Leader | Grad Student

"We hiked in the rain, the sun, through windy weather and still was able to have lots of laughs along the way."


A photo from 1966 shows a group of campers eating outdoors. A photo from 1971 shows a woman smiling in the snow. A photo from 1990 shows a woman sleeping outdoors.  photo from 2000 shows a group of people sitting on rafts. A photo from 2016 shows a group picture of hikers at the Umpqua sand dunes.