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

The Biennial Used Equipment Sale is here again:  Saturday, Aug. 29 from 7 am to 10 am at and in front of the Outdoor Recreation Center.  The ORC is located at 2600 Children’s Way.  Click on this: Used gear sale, 3rd list for our updated list (as of 8/27) of gear that we will be selling.  Note that the kayaks will be sold by completing a bid form per boat between 7:00 – 9:30 am.  We will announce the winners at 10 am.  Details are on the 2nd page of the price list.  The VRWC will be the rain site, if needed. 

Selected photos from the summer Alaska trip can be found here on the Trip Photo page.



1.  The Fall 2015 Trip List is available here: Adventure Trip List – F15

2.  You should be able to SIGN UP for TRIPS starting now. I still have to get photos on most of the trip pages, but otherwise the trips are finished.   Thanks for your patience as I get all the pages up and going!



PARTIAL BIG NEWS: You can now sign up for a trip on line!  The only catch is that you have to go to the VRWC, second floor to the Office of Campus Recreation, to pay! Go to the Trip Schedule drop down to find your type of trip page.

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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


Sean Wilkinson, Activities Coordinator