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Outdoor Recreation

Welcome to Outdoor Recreation at Calvin College! For those who are new to the campus or program, the HPERDS Department and Calvin Outdoor Recreation offer the following opportunities:

Wilderness Orientation Courses

Begin your Calvin career with an extended backcountry trip to the Rockies, North Channel, Red River Gorge, or Algonquin. Wilderness Orientation »

Wilderness Pursuit and Outdoor Recreation

Climbing, backpacking, road cycling, canoeing, sea kayaking, fly-fishing, downhill skiing, and snowboarding. Courses»

Free Rock Climbing

Instruction, programming, and open climbing in the new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex. Climbing Center »

Outdoor Equipment Rental

Packs, bags, pads, canoes, sea kayaks, road bikes available for rental. Gear Rental »

Adventure Grants

Organize a group, plan a trip, apply for funding…then have an EPIC! Adventure Grants »

Weekend Trips

Rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, skiing, snowboarding, and boating. Annual Events »

Wilderness-Based Interim Courses

Costa Rica and Panama Rainforest Expeditions, Florida Everglades, Grand Canyon Outdoor Educator, Australia Road Biking. Interims »

Outdoor Professional Partnerships

For credit and professional development opportunities with the National Outdoor Leadership School, Wilderness Medical Institute, Rescue 3 International, the American Mountain Guide Association, and the American Canoe Association.


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Gear Rental

Gear Rental by Reservation: Micah Ellis -

*No gear rental between July 13 & Sept. 4 due to summer wilderness programming

Rent gear from road bikes, tents, backpacks to sleeping Tentbags, canoes, sea kayaks and more...

Adventure Grants

Dollar SignApply for an Adventure Grant and "let Calvin pay the gas for your next adventure." Application date: February 1-Febuaury 22.


Sign-up at Calvin Climbing Center for Upcoming Events

Indoor Adventure

The Climbing Center is FREE to all Calvin students, faculty and staff!

Climbing Center Summer Hours

June 3-August 28
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 4-7pm