Welcome to the Outdoor Program 

Since 1966, the Outdoor Program (ODP) has helped the Portland State community to access and enjoy the great outdoors, build community, increase environmental awareness, and provide exciting experiences in new settings. The ODP provides a wide variety of opportunities including guided outdoor trips, workshops and certification courses, outdoor rental gear at affordable rates, and an indoor Climbing Center. All skill and experience levels are welcome. Whether you are looking to embark on an adventure or learn a new outdoor skill, join the ODP in exploring the wild side of Oregon.


Phone: 503.725.5668
Email: odp@pdx.edu


Outdoor Program Office - ASRC 180
505 SW Harrison Street 
Portland, Oregon 97201
Outdoor Program Office on Google Maps


The Outdoor Program Office is located in the Academic & Student Recreation Center (ASRC) on the corner of SW 5th Ave and Harrison Street. This is a separate entrance from the main entrances to the ASRC.


The Outdoor Program Office is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. for pick up and drop off of outdoor gear rentals. The office is closed Wednesdays for equipment cleaning.

Face masks must be worn at all times while in the Outdoor Program office and while interacting with staff. We recommend calling ahead at 503-725-5668 to check on equipment availability and reserve gear in advance.



  • Winter Break: December 12 - January 3

Person using a cell phone to take photos of roses outside.

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Join us for the Outdoor Program Scavenger Hunt! We will share a challenge theme for you to find while walking around your neighborhood or town. Check the Outdoor Program Instagram or Facebook for challenge details.

Outdoor trip group on a cross-country ski trip.

Become an Outdoor Trip Leader

The Outdoor Program hires and trains students to lead guided outdoor trips, rent outdoor gear, and manage our indoor Climbing Center. Most students join through the Wilderness Leadership Development (WiLD) program, a year-long sequence that trains and empowers students in an outdoor setting.


Workshops & Trips

Workshop Wednesdays

Wednesdays6 p.m. - 7 p.m.10/7 - 12/2Zoom

Interested in learning some new outdoor skills? The Outdoor Program is hosting virtual workshops every Wednesday night that cover a variety of topics including Leave No Trace, trip planning, and plant identification. Free; no registration required. A PSU email is required to join the live Zoom call, but workshops will be recorded and available on YouTube. All experience levels are welcome to join us on the Zoom calls to meet new people and learn more about getting outside. Check out all of our workshop topics below.

  • 10/7 - Leave No Trace
  • 10/14 - Plant ID
  • 10/21 - Trip Planning
  • 10/28 - Packing a Pack
  • 11/4 - Stove Use
  • 11/18 - PCT Hiking
  • 12/2 - Intro to Winter Adventures

If you can't make it to the live Zoom workshops, watch the recorded workshops on YouTube at any time!


COVID-19 UPDATE: No outdoor trips offered during fall 2020.

Being active outdoors improves focus, elevates your mood, and enhances your physical and emotional wellbeing. Participating in outdoor activities in a group setting also provides opportunities for social connection and engagement.

The Outdoor Program offers guided outdoor trips including hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), outdoor climbing, backpacking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more! All skill and experience levels are welcome. Transportation and gear is included for all trips at no extra cost. Food is also included on overnight trips. View upcoming trip descriptions below.


Visit the Outdoor Program office to register for trips, attend the mandatory pre-trip meeting and enjoy the beautiful Northwest landscape! This institution is an equal opportunity provider, operating under a Special User Permit with the Mt. Hood National Forest.


Most Outdoor Program trips can be easily modified to accommodate disabilities. Please contact the Outdoor Program for more information.


Current PSU students that are registered with the Veterans Resource Center receive a $50 credit each term to spend on renting outdoor gear or embarking on outdoor adventures. All regular rental and trip policies apply. For more information, please stop by the Outdoor Program office during business hours. *This opportunity is subject to fund availability and may change at any point.


Difficulty Level Descriptions: Easy: Relatively low to moderate physical activity; no previous experience needed. Moderate: Moderate physical activity and/or more challenging terrain; some previous experience is helpful, but not required.  Difficult: Good physical conditioning required. Challenging terrain  and/or environmental conditions; previous experience or technical knowledge is strongly encouraged.
Trip Name Difficulty Dates Time Pre-Trip Meeting Fee (Member/Non-member)


Trip Descriptions

No outdoor trips offered during fall 2020

Certification Courses

Campus Rec offers a variety of non-credit or credit optional instructional courses for its members that provide certification.

Wilderness First Responder Course

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, search and rescue (SAR) team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. This nine-day course is provided by the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute; those who successfully complete the course will receive a WFR certification valid for two years.

  • Member price: $625
  • Non-member price: $725

This course is typically offered at the end of every winter term (during spring break).

For questions, please contact Chris Bullard at bullard@pdx.edu or 503.725.2957.


Custom Outdoor Programs

Are you a part of a student organization, department or team at PSU? Looking for a team-building or bonding activity where you can have fun and be healthy? Campus Rec and Student Activities and Leadership Programs have opportunities for you and your team to engage in service-learning, explore the outdoors or try a new workout or activity.

Custom Trips

The Outdoor Program helps PSU students access and enjoy the outdoors. One of the primary ways the Outdoor Program has done this is through outdoor trips led by student trip leaders at affordable prices. A trip of this nature allows members of a club, program, or group to have an experience in common that helps bring them together. 

The Outdoor Program has a variety of options to choose from depending on the size of the group, the length of trip requested, and the budget you have available. Trip cost includes all the necessary equipment, experienced trip leaders, and transportation. Some examples include:

  • Small group (up to 9 people), one day: Standup paddling, whitewater rafting, rock climbing
  • Large group (up to 18 people), one day: day hikes, snowshoeing
  • Multi-day trips: backpacking, sea kayaking, coastal camping, etc.

To get started, please contact Chris Bullard (bullard@pdx.edu) for more information. Due to the complexities of planning and staffing outdoor trips, the only way to guarantee availability is to set up the trip by Week 5 of the term prior to when you want the trip.