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

SPOTS on ADVENTURE TRIPS:  (as of 5-3-16)

Backpacking in the Great Smoky Mountains has one spot available!  The trip is  Fri. May 6 to Mon. May 9.  Cost is $122.  Sign up ASAP.

Summer Jobs are available.  Applications are due ASAP or by midnight, Friday, May 6.

A. Work 11-13 hours a week (evenings) at the Climbing Wall.

B. Work 15 hours M-F as a climbing wall supervisor for CampVandy

See top right of this page for job descriptions and applications.

SUMMER EXPEDITIONS 2016 . . .  Sign up ASAP!
A. Backpacking in YOSEMITE National Park.  May 21-29 As of 4/26:  only 2 spots left!Other LATEST NEWS:


The web site is mostly up to date.   Click here for the list of Spring Trips:  Adv. Trip List SPRING 16

The BIG NEWS is that you can now 1) sign up for a trip on-line,  2) Pay for a trip on-line, with your credit or debit card!



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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