Outdoor Program is a cache for adventurous students

Southern Oregon University’s Outdoor Program offers terrific services for students.

From kayak rolling clinics to snowshoe rentals, the Outdoor Program has something to offer avid outdoor persons or the inexperienced beginner.

Over the years, the outdoor program has grown from a small entity to a full service gear rental shop accompanied by a trip service exclusively for students.

This year the Outdoor Program hired a new director, Zack Green. Green hails from Boone, N.C., and has stepped into his position and grabbed the bull by the horns. He is already planning many trips and programs.

The program offers a plethora of cheap student led trips in many different sports and activities.

An excellent example of a great Outdoor Program trip is the rock-climbing trip to Smith Rock during the fall-quarter. Students spent three days climbing, learning and eating delicious food at the 651-acre state park near Bend.

With an instructor to participant ratio of two-to-one, the weekend in Bend was informative and fun. The value can’t be beat, with all expenses covered for a one-time payment.

The Outdoor Program also offers a shuttle to Mt. Ashland Ski Area on Friday nights. The ride costs students $5. The shuttle leaves at 3:15 p.m. from the McNeal Pavilion at SOU, and arrives back at the university at 9:45 p.m.

It is cheap, fast and easy, and the list of services goes on and on. Mostly students staff the Outdoor Program and are all friendly and helpful.

Wait no longer, whether you need to rent snowshoes, or a tent for a camping trip, or just have questions, stop by the Outdoor Program. located in the McNeal Pavilion, it is close and convenient.

All charges and rental costs can be charged to student accounts, making things hassle free. In short, you have nothing to lose. Stop by, sign up for a trip, ride the ski shuttle or just say hi! The Outdoor Program has something to offer to everyone at reasonable prices, especially for students on a budget.

More information can be found at www.sou.edu/outdoorprogram.

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