Climb up a mountain, ski down it. Sit around a campfire, sleep under the stars. Paddle lakes and rapids. Mountain Bike and Rock Climb. Learn to teach outside, become a leader. We offer four-season adventure and leader training right in our backyard!
We’re here to help you build backcountry, facilitation, adventure sport and leadership skills (and maybe even get paid or get school credit while doing it).
VISIT THE OUTDOOR GEAR COLLABORATIVE HOUSE
Located right on campus, serving as a community resource for all UVM students looking to get outside. The house provides gear rentals for all-season backcountry travel, a wide array of map and guidebook resources, and a team of student leaders who will gladly help with it all. The House is open Monday- Thursday (10am-3pm) and Fridays (10am-4pm) during the academic year, with limited operating hours during the summer.
UVM SKI & SNOWBOARD CLUB
The UVM Ski & Snowboard Club (UVMSSC) is a non-competitive, non-profit, student run organization dedicated to bringing together UVM's winter sports community and making skiing and snowboarding more accessible to UVM students. They host a number of on- and off-campus events throughout the entire academic year ranging from film festivals and rail jams to gear swaps and mountainside BBQs.
Membership to the UVMSSC gives students access to discounted seasons passes to local mountains, free weekly transportation to resorts, discounts to local shops, and more.
TAKE A TREK
For more than 40 years Wilderness TREK has been providing incoming first-year students the opportunity to build lasting friendships, initiate self-discovery, and explore the people and landscapes that are Vermont and the North Country during a unique 6-day, pre-move-in adventure. Be a participant, or even a TREK Leader!
LAND A JOB
Whether it’s working for one of the positions we hire or developing the marketable skills needed to be a successful applicant for a job at an outdoor company, we’ve got you covered. TREK leaders go through a rigorous backcountry leader training program and gain first-hand experience leading a trip. We also work with local instructors to provide professional certification courses to get you the credentials you need to enter the field of Outdoor Education, Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Guiding. Gaining these credentials will also allow you to be hired by Outdoor Programs in additional capacities! The course we can help you take here in VT are:
• SOLO Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder
• American Canoe Association Canoe Instructor, Coastal Kayak Instructor, and Whitewater Kayak instructor
• Rope Course Facilitator training analogous to an Association for Challenge Course Technology level 1
• AIARE Avalanche Safety Level 1 training
• American Mountain Guide Association Climbing Wall Instructor & Single Pitch Instructor
You can also apply to be on the leadership team for the UVM Outing Club or Ski & Snowboard Club, Become a TREK Leader, or check out all the leadership development programs available in connection with Outdoor Programs.
LEARN THE ROPES (LITERALLY!)
UVM Outdoor Programs oversees the Team & Leadership Center (TLC), who provide top-quality group experiential challenges and team building programs for UVM and the surrounding community. TLC manages an adventure ropes course which features both with both low and high-elements - and higher, both student and community staff to facilitate programs throughout the year.