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The Student Recreation Center is now open. Due to ongoing work on the chillers' mechanical systems, staff will monitor the weather and adjust the building hours if the temperature is unsafe for physical activity.

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Plan Your Next Adventure With the Outdoor Recreation Center: Plan Your Next Adventure With the Outdoor Recreation Center

Planning your next adventure? Come plan with the Outdoor Recreation Center

The Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) is a resource many WVU students may not know even exists. The ORC offers a variety of programs, information and tools for students to help them explore the outdoor recreation opportunities West Virginia has to offer. The ORC promotes healthy, active and adventurous lifestyles, so no matter what level of skill you may be at, the ORC can cater to you.

The Outdoor Recreation Center is comprised of three main parts; Outdoor trips (which include seminars and community service opportunities), information systems, and equipment rentals. Outdoor trips can include anything from a weekend backpacking trip to one of West Virginia’s natural wonders, to a thrilling whitewater rafting trip down the Lower Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania. They can also include seminars, where you can learn the basics of mountain biking at Coopers Rock or community service aspects, where you canoe down the Monongahela River and help pick up trash along the way. Students should take advantage of these trips because, “These are opportunities that you won’t have later, and if you do, they won’t be nearly as inexpensive as they are now,” says Brett Hagerty Assistant Director of the ORC and Adventure WV. These outdoor trips come at a fraction of the cost of traditional expert guided trips, plus they help build a sense of community amongst students and their peers.

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