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Wilderness Welcome

Form connections and let the ADVENTURE begin!

Connect to Ohio State and fellow first-year students through Wilderness Welcome. The OAC is thrilled to welcome first-year students to campus with an adventure designed to connect students to each other and the excitement of being a Buckeye. Meet other adventurous first-year students, be a part of a memorable wilderness trip and make a bold start to your university experience. Wilderness Welcome occurs the week before move-in, is open to all experience levels, and is only open to first-year students or new transfer students. During the trip, we'll securely store your residence hall items and after the trip, we'll help you move in early and join in on the OWLs program! Each program contains a specifically designed curriculum to prepare students for campus and the challenges they will face, and will provide leadership experience to make a solid transition. All programs are run with the support of outstanding student leaders whose goal is to help make your transition to OSU the best it can be. 

Outdoor Adventure/ Wilderness Welcome

If you are attempting to register for one of our Wilderness Welcome Trips you can register for available trips in person or over the phone. Please contact the staff at the Outdoor Adventure Center by emailing adventure@osu.edu or calling 614-247-8680 so our staff can assist you.

 

Wilderness Welcome Trip Programs Codes

Code

Program

WW1

Wilderness Welcome: Sea Kayaking at Pictured Rocks

WW2

Wilderness Welcome: Colorado Rock Adventure

WW3

Wilderness Welcome: Backpacking the A.T.

WW4

Wilderness Welcome: Adventures at the Gorge

WW5

Wilderness Welcome: Canoeing in the Boundary Waters

WW6

Wilderness Welcome: Commuter Student Hocking Hills

WW7

Wilderness Welcome: Honors Students Hocking Hills

WW8

Wilderness Welcome: Scholars Students Hocking Hills

 

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Trip Descriptions 

 

Wilderness Welcome: Sea Kayaking at Pictured Rocks National Seashore

Clear water, pristine beaches, waterfalls and sandstone cliffs await at Pictured Rocks National Seashore. This trip is all about developing connections: connecting with other first-year students, with nature and with your new home, Ohio State. Student leaders will provide guidance on how to set up tents and cook in the backcountry. The trip is appropriate for both novice and more experienced sea-kayakers looking for a backcountry experience. At the end of the trip, staff will help students move in early and join the OWL program. This trip is also available for 1 academic credit.

Program details:

August 9-17, 2017

# of participants: 9 students

$500 fee

Register by July 28. If you have any questions, please contact the Outdoor Adventure Center at 614-247-8680 or adventure@osu.edu.

 

Wilderness Welcome: Colorado Rock Adventure

Snow-topped mountains framed by deep blue skies greet you as you enter Rocky Mountain National Park. On this adventure, participants will fly to gorgeous Colorado and spend the week in the Rocky’s. A mixture of front-country and backcountry camping will help develop the leadership skills of first-year students. The trip is challenging, yet appropriate for novice and more experienced climbers. At the end of the trip, staff will help students move in early and join the OWL program. This trip is available for 1 academic credit.

Program details

August 9-17, 2017

# of participants: 8 students

$1,100 fee

Register by July 28. If you have any questions, please contact the Outdoor Adventure Center at 614-247-8680 or adventure@osu.edu.

 

Wilderness Welcome: Backpacking the Appalachian Trail

On this trip, students will backpack a section of the Appalachian Trail. Participants will have a chance to focus on developing backcountry and leadership skills while connecting with nature, other first-year students and Ohio State. Student leaders will provide guidance on how to set up tents and cook in the backcountry. This trip is appropriate for novice and experienced backpackers looking for a true backcountry experience. At the end of the trip, staff will help students move in early and join the OWL program. This trip is also available for 1 academic credit.

Program details

August 9-17, 2017

# of participants: 9 students

$425 fee

Register by July 28. If you have any questions, please contact the Outdoor Adventure Center at 614-247-8680 or adventure@osu.edu.

 

Wilderness Welcome: Adventures on the Gorge

Experience the excitement and beauty of the outdoors at the top destination for whitewater rafting in the East. During this expedition-style rafting trip along the New River Gorge in West Virginia, you'll enjoy excellent food prepared by your student leaders and guides while building new Buckeye friendships. A mixture of staying in cabins and a night of camping will accommodate all abilities. At the end of the trip, staff will help students move in early and join the OWL program. This trip is also available for 1 academic credit hour.

Program details

August 14-17, 2017

# of participants: 45 students

$400 fee

Register by July 28. If you have any questions, please contact the Outdoor Adventure Center at 614-247-8680 or adventure@osu.edu.

 

Wilderness Welcome: Canoeing in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area

On this trip, students will canoe the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area. Participants will have a chance to paddle through the beautiful landscape of northern Minnesota during peak season. This trip will focus on developing backcountry and leadership skills while connecting with nature, other first-year students and Ohio State. Student leaders will provide guidance on how to set up tents and cook in the backcountry. This trip is appropriate for novice and experienced canoeists looking for a true backcountry experience. At the end of the trip, staff will help students move in early and join the OWL program. This trip is also available for 1 academic credit.

Program details

August 9-17, 2017

# of participants: 6 students

$550 fee

Register by July 28.  If you have any questions, please contact the Outdoor Adventure Center at 614-247-8680 or adventure@osu.edu.

 

Wilderness Welcome: Hocking Hills Zip, Canoe and Ride

Connect with other first-year students in the great outdoors—ziplining, horseback riding and canoeing! This front-country trip is for those who want adventure, but prefer a more established camping experience. Current Ohio State students will lead teambuilding initiatives while facilitating conversations about the transition to Ohio State. Through additional adventure opportunities in Hocking Hills, students will form incredible memories before school begins. This program will have three separate trips only to Commuter students, Honors students and Scholars students. At the end of the trip, staff will help students move in early and join the OWL program.

Program details

August 13-17, 2017

# of participants: 15 students

$350 fee

Register by July 28. If you have any questions, please contact the Outdoor Adventure Center at 614-247-8680 or adventure@osu.edu.