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.

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1. At the ORC (21 hours a week. M-F, beginning in May!)
2. At the Climbing Wall (4-8 hours a week, beginning in May or June)
3. At the Climbing Wall with Camp Vandy Children (20 – 25 hours a week, M-F)
4. As a Camp Vandy Wild Counselor for 2 weeks.  (June 22-26 and July 13-17.)
For more info, see the tabs on the right side of this page or e-mail outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu.
Please APPLY A.S.A.P. or by Monday, April 20. 

Bonnaroo Equipment Reservations begin on Monday, April 20!

>> Remember:  You must pay in full at the time of the Reservation.


Sorry, all the regular trips are full at this time.

SUMMER TRIPS: Will begin in June.  A trip schedule should be out around May 15.

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.

Spots left on the BIG Trips:

Alaska Backpacking Trip = SORRY, this trip is now FULL.  We can start a waiting list . . . 

Click on this Adventure Trip List – Sp15 for the Spring Adventure Trip schedule.

The website is up to date for the Spring Semester!

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

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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


Steven Rubin, Activities Coordinator