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.

Come take a tour of the Outdoor Rental Center and see all the equipment available to you!

Latest News

Wilderness First Aid Course set for Feb. 6-7, 2016

Cost is $250 for Vanderbilt Affiliated persons or $265 for the General Public for this 16 hour course by WMA

THE ORC is CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break.  We will re-open on Mon. Nov. 30.


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

2.  SPRING BREAK TRIP Registration is ongoing.  We have two great trips this year:

A.  Backpacking at Zion National Park. Cost is $550 plus airfare to Las Vegas. Only 3 spots left!   Sign up by midnight on Fri. 12/18.

B.  Canoe-Camping at the Gulf Coast. Cost is $385.  Currently has 7 spots left.  Sign up by midnight on Fri. 12/18.


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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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


Sean Wilkinson, Activities Coordinator