Welcome to the Outdoor Recreation Program at Vanderbilt University. Outdoor Rec offers adventures in the great outdoors for Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff and the Vanderbilt community. See our list of Upcoming Trips for details.

Nashville is close to gorgeous state parks and natural areas, making it an ideal location for weekend backpacking, spelunking, canoeing, and rafting trips. You can participate in an Outdoor Rec trip, or rent gear from Outdoor Rec to plan your own trip. Our resource library includes maps and guidebooks for local parks so you can plan a trip on your own.

Outdoor Rec is located at 2600 Children’s Way, just behind the new Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center.  See our map for detailed directions and for parking information.

Latest News

>> Attention Patrons:

The VRWC climbing wall is officially CLOSED.  We will be building a new climbing wall in racquetball court number one.  The new wall will be open most likely sometime the week of Jan. 5, 2015.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Outdoor Rec. Center will be closed Dec. 13 – Jan. 4, 2015 for winter break. The ORC will re- open at 12 noon on Monday, Jan. 5.


Spots left on the BIG Trips:

Alaska Backpacking Trip = 2 spots left . . . . sign up by Fri. Jan. 9
Backpacking at Grand Canyon = 5 spots left . . . sign up by Fri. Jan. 9

Climbing at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch = 7 spots left . . Registration begins on Mon. Jan. 5.

The Spring Trip schedule will be available in mid-January.  The first trip will be on Sat. Feb. 7.

Click on this  AdventureTrip List – F14 for the Fall Adventure Trip schedule.

To view trip descriptions in chronological order, click on FALL 2014 TRIPS for Web

Outdoor Rec. T-shirts for SALE!  Choose from 3 designs.  Click on the PDF for details.  T-shirtsforSale.13

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Contact Information

Outdoor Recreation Center
2600 Children’s Way
Nashville, TN  37212


Fridays and Mondays:
12:00 noon – 6:00 pm

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays:
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Linda Rosenkranz, Director


Steven Rubin, Activities Coordinator