Students kayak with Outdoor Pursuits in the San Juan Islands in 2017.

The Great Outdoors

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Pacific’s formal outdoors program.

Originally known as Outback, Outdoor Pursuits is an outdoor recreation program for students that has, in recent years, grown to include a curricular focus helping students develop problem-solving and leadership skills.

Pacific students and employees practice kayaking in Trombley Square during a 1996 flood.Today, students can take courses for credit to learn new outdoor skills and choose a minor in outdoor leadership, which uses the Pacific Northwest landscape as an opportunity to learn judgment, group facilitation, risk management and teaching skills.

Students — and alumni — can also take advantage of affordable guided day and weekend outings, ranging from hiking and rock climbing to kayaking and surfing. Outdoor Pursuits also rents gear to students, employees, and alumni at low cost.

The 30th anniversary celebration for the outdoors program will be announced soon.

Leave a Reply

Pacific magazine encourages civil, engaged conversation. While we keep the vast majority of comments, we will remove those that violate our guidelines. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *