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What We Offer

Equipment Checkout

The OEC has a checkout counter for equipment and gear. Gear is available for students for a nominal fee and in many cases free of charge with only a returnable deposit required. Equipment available for checkout includes items such as: stoves, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pad, bikes, snowshoes, coolers, camping utensils, surf boards, boogie boards, snorkel/masks, and much more. Stop by to visit the center anytime during the following open hours.

Monday 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tuesday 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Wednesday 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Leadership Trainings

Using internal resources as well as local and national programs, the OEC provides leadership training and development for students in a variety of programs and settings.  Using our facilities or neighboring ones, student leaders become prepared for other campus leadership positions, OA leader positions, and OTL leadership positions. This training helps prepare students for leadership opportunities in work settings, community engagement, and volunteer work. If you plan to be leading many trips for other fellow students or if you are looking for a great addition to your resume, you may consider OEC Certification in the Outdoor Leadership Series.

Skills Trainings

Training sessions and workshops are offered to the entire 7-C community. This includes medical training such as Wilderness First Responder courses, leadership development classes, and maintenance workshops such as outdoor gear and bikes.

In addition to technical training for outdoor leaders, the OEC offers a leadership development program for students across the campus. This includes the Outdoor Leadership Series along with the OEC Certification program.


The OEC hosts speakers from outdoor recreation organizations. The OEC also sponsors slideshows and lectures from recreation training companies, authors, and outdoor athletes. Stay tuned for upcoming events!

Educational Trips

The OEC offers the expertise and logistics in trip planning to help organize trips in cooperation with academic departments on campus. This can include field trips for professors wishing to give their students a hands-on experience in the field, as well as encouraging professors to join trips planned by students. The OEC will also offer additional field study trips with environmental awareness groups and student groups.

Recreation Library and Research

The OEC houses a library of 400+ outdoor education books and maps. The library includes "How-to" books on outdoor skills, leader development manuals, topographical trail maps, and guide books for certain areas. The OEC library and lounge is a great research area for students planning trips for OTL and for OEC staff planning trips for academic classes. Come check us out!

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