In Calvin's outdoor recreation programs, it's all about re-creation. By getting out of doors, out of your context, you can start to discover truths about who you are and who God is as you explore the world he has made. Outdoor rec isn't just a way to escape—it's a powerful way to learn, and the discoveries you make you'll carry with you for the rest of your life.
WEEKEND AND FALL BREAK TRIPS:Calvin Outdoor Recreation runs local and regional overnight trips every weekend Sept 1-Oct. 29. Students can sign up for Trips at the Climbing Center Desk. All Open trips are $25 per person.
|Sept. 3-4||Peir Marquette Paddle Overnight|
|Sept. 9-10||Pine River Paddle Overnight– RECR 312|
|Sept. 16-17||Petoskey Tunnel of Trees Road Cycle|
|Sept. 22-23||Manistee Backpack PER 138 B, C|
|Sep 30-Oct 1||Manistee Backpack
Manistee River Canoe Overnight
|Oct. 7-8||Manistee Backpack PER 138 A
Pine River Kayak
|Oct. 13-16||Fall Break Trips|
|Oct. 21-22||Dragon Mountain Bike Overnight|
COSTA RICA RIVER AND RAINFOREST EXPEDITION: APPLICATION Deadline Oct. 1
DECEMBER 30-JAN 14, 2024: This 16 day course includes two primary phases; a land phase where students will trek and travel home to home and live out of backpacks through the mountains of the Los Santos Forest Preserve and a water phase where students will learn the white-water based skills of swift-water rescue, river hydrology and dynamics, and white-water kayaking on the world class Savagre River. The course will conclude with a short surf camp. Students will spend 10 nights in rural Spanish speaking Costa Rican homes, gain comprehensive backpacking and trekking skills, explore remote villages, and participate in a wide variety of cross cultural, sustainability, and adventure activities. Students will develop cross-cultural awareness and interpersonal communication skills through daily intentional experiences. This course utilizes three world class locations; the Los Santos Forest Preserve, the Savagre River, Ballena Marine National Park. To Apply, please go to the Horizens Home page on the Off Campus Programs Site, 2 credits in Spring Semester. $3500
GRAND CANYON BACKPACKING AND NOLS WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER COURSE January 1-18, 2025
OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT RENTAL:
Calvin students can rent everything they need to enjoy DIY adventures. Backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, pads, kitchen kits, tarps, and stoves are available for a very low rental fee. The Outfitting Center can be found in the south bay of the Track and Tennis Building. Community groups and individuals can rent equipment for a reasonable fee.
Fall and Spring Semester Outfitting Hours:Mondays and Thursdays 4-5pm; August 28-Nov. 6; Feb 19 – Apr 18;
Summer Outfitting:May 14-Aug 1 (By reservation only)
ADVENTURE FILM AND DOCUMENTARY NIGHT:Every Thursday from 9-10pm in the REC ROOM (HG 121). Outdoor Rec Staff and Adventure Club host a film night. Along with a great adventure film, there will be snacks, raffles, and Adventure related info!
CYCLE MAINTENANCE:Learn and perform basic maintenance on your bike. Every Tuesday 4-5pm Outfitting Center
LOCAL MOUNTAIN BIKING:Every Tuesday/Friday @ 5:15pm. Sept. 7-Oct. 26; Sign up at Climbing Center
Pool Kayak InstructionCalvin Outdoor Recreation offers instructional kayaking in the pool every Monday Evening from 7-9pm. Sign up at the Climbing Center Desk
OUTDOOR REC BIBLE STUDY:Wednesday 7:30; Rec Room (HG 121)
RECREATION LEADERSHIP MINOR:web link to Recreation Leadership Minor (Kinesiology)
Degree Overview:All students interested in developing their abilities to lead, facilitate, program, instruct, and manage risk are encouraged to complete a minor in recreation leadership studies during their time at Calvin University. Students selecting the recreation leadership minor will experience the Calvin campus as a learning lab. Along with on-campus courses, students travel well beyond the traditional classroom setting, exploring the rich and powerful experiential context of national and global field courses, community-based internships, adventure programming, and/or wilderness-based learning contexts. Recreation leadership minors will develop proficiency in a highly transferable leader skill sets; group facilitation, instruction, programming, risk management, development of teams, management of group dynamics, conflict management and resolution, and development of individual self-efficacy.
Opportunities for adventure
Wilderness Trips »
- Begin your Calvin career with an extended backcountry trip to the Rockies, North Channel, Red River Gorge, or Algonquin.
- Adventure grants let you create the outdoor experience you've been dreaming about. Organize a group, plan a trip, apply for funding, and start packing.
For-credit courses »
- Integrate adventure into your academic pursuits. Climbing, backpacking, road cycling, canoeing, sea kayaking, fly-fishing, downhill skiing, snowboarding—all are offered as for-credit courses.
Indoor rock climbing »
- Instruction, programming, and open climbing in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex.
Off-Campus Programs »
- Rainforest expeditions in Costa Rica and Panama, outdoor education in the Grand Canyon, road biking in Australia—these are just some of the places we’ve gone in recent years. See where you can headed go and sign up for the adventure of a lifetime.
Professional internships »
- Learn about for credit and professional development opportunities. We've placed students with places like National Outdoor Leadership School, Wilderness Medical Institute, Rescue 3 International, the American Mountain Guide Association, and the American Canoe Association.