What Makes Us Different
- Our programs are instructional, focusing on teaching technique and equipment to help enthusiasts of all skills levels be prepared to enjoy the outdoors. Transportation & Equipment Provided
- Well qualified staff: We keep our instructor to participant ratios low (1:2 or 1:3) so that we can keep safety and participant needs a priority. Many of our lead instructors have received training and certifications from highly recognized organizations in our field such as the American Mountain Guides Association for rock climbing and the American Canoe Association for paddling.
Programs & Workshops
We offer a range of classes for beginners and first time climbers, for more experienced climbers who wish to improve their climbing technique, and anchor workshops for those who want to learn top rope anchor building techniques. If you are new to rock climbing or just want to practice technique, visit our bouldering wall at the Outdoor Recreation Center. Browse & Register.
Programs are offered throughout the semester. Registration is accepted on an open enrollment basis starting May 26.
These classes will cover the fundamentals of bouldering as it relates to safety, policies, the route rating system, and using good bouldering sense. The Bouldering Wall Orientation workshop is required for everyone who wishes to boulder during our open hours. Browse & Register.
Whether you are interested in recreational (flat-water) or white water kayaking, we offer a range of classes. For those of you who have never been kayaking, we can help you get started with one of our Recreational Kayak primers on a local reservoir. We also provide roll clinics and roll practice sessions each semester, which would allow you to perform self-rescue in open water or on the river. From our 2-hour clinics to our weekend long white water or sea kayak trips, we have got something for you! Browse & Register.
Our other workshops offer a spectrum of various outdoor recreational activities following the same format of our other classes. These classes include Fly Fishing, Horseback Trail Riding, Caving, Nature Photography and Kayak Fishing. In addition, you can also request map and compass workshops along with equipment skill seminars. Browse & Register.
We can organize any of our instructional classes privately for individuals or organizations, regardless of UVA affiliation.
*All rates include equipment and transportation, unless otherwise noted.
Semi-Private and Private:
All prices are calculated based off of percentages of the open enrollment program prices, which varies based on group size and UVA affiliation.
4 or more persons: The price is the same as the open enrollment price listed.
2-3 persons: The price is 40% more than the open enrollment price.
1 person: The price is 60 % more than the open enrollment price. (Price Includes Equipment but not Transportation, which will be based off $.35/mile.)
Poplar Ridge Challenge Course is the experiential learning and training component of Outdoor Recreation. Poplar Ridge provides leadership, team building, and organizational development for a variety of groups using both low and/or high elements on our challenge course.
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