Adventure Education

Adventure Education

Clinics

Group of 6 people kayaking on the LSU Lakes

Kayak Clinics

Ready to paddle? After this clinic you’ll know more about kayaking than you did before! Registration closes day of clinic at noon.

Our kayak clinic will cover: parts of the boat, equipment overview, paddle strokes and more. We’ll then take a relaxing paddle around University Lake to put our newly learned skills into practice.


4 people on stand up paddle boards on LSU Lakes.

Standup Paddle Board Clinics

Have you tried paddleboarding? Here’s your chance! Registration closes day of clinic at noon.

Our paddleboard clinic will cover: parts of the boat, equipment overview, paddle stokes and more. We’ll take a relaxing paddle around University Lake to put our newly learned skills into practice.


Mountain bike against light pole.

Biking Clinics

Come and join UREC Adventure in our monthly community ride around the LSU Lakes! Register today!

Ready to take your bike riding to the trails? Come learn the basics behind trail biking! Our clinic will cover various riding techniques. You will learn body positioning, shifting, braking, balancing and navigating minor obstacles.


Come and join UREC Adventure in our monthly community ride around the LSU Lakes! Our clinic will cover: pre-ride inspection of your bicycle, effective braking, and instruction on how to effectively ride in a group of individuals. Bicycle, helmets, and basic instruction is provided, but feel free to bring your own equipment if you wish! We recommend you bring a water bottle, close-toed shoes, and clothes that you don’t mind getting sweaty in. Please contact us if you have any questions!


Large group in front of UREC Challenge Course.

Open Challenge Course

Ever wanted to try out the challenge course, but didn’t have a group to go with? Register today!

Adventure Education will be hosting open challenge course hours for you and your friends to come out and hop on the high course. All you have to bring is athletic clothing and closed-toed shoes and you will have the opportunity to go through all six high elements on our 25 ft. lower level and 35 ft. upper level. For an added bonus, Adventure Education has installed light fixtures on the course, giving us the opportunity to allow you to try out the high course at night so come join us for this new, exciting experience!


3 people in a canoe paddling on a lake.

Canoeing Clinics

Ready to paddle? After this clinic you’ll know more about canoeing than you did before! Registration closes day of clinic at noon.

Our canoe clinic will cover: parts of the boat, equipment overview, paddle stokes and more. We’ll then take a relaxing paddle around University Lake to put our newly learned skills into practice.


Patron climbing up our bouldering wall.

Climbing Clinics

Come learn to climb or improve your current climbing skills! Register today!

A fun, beginner-level course, intended to expand your knowledge of climbing indoors! By the end of this class participants will learn basic climbing movements and techniques, as well as the types of hand and footholds and how best to use them effectively. This class will help you improve your climbing ability and also teach you some climbing basics and etiquette. It’s a great way to improve your climbing experience!


The lead climbing clinic is the next step in becoming a competent climber. This class will teach the basics of how to lead climb indoors, including clipping fundamentals, lead belaying, lead falling, and lead catches. Due to the more technical nature, advanced degree of difficulty, and increased risk, climbers must be belay certified at the UREC climbing area prior to participation in the lead climbing clinic, and demonstrate strong climbing skills in order to participate in the clinic. Learn to Lead Climb will be capped at 6 people per class and will require a minimum of 3 people to have the class.


two men playing volleyball in the woods by a tent.

Camping and Backpacking Clinics

Learn the basics of camping and backpacking to prepare you for one of our numerous day or overnight trips!

  • Intro to Backpacking: October 1 | 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Intro to Backcountry Cooking: November 29 | 4 – 6 p.m.

Trips

man sitting on a rock in the woods.

Day Trips

Join us on a day trip! Click below to see more information about each unique day adventure that will allow you to explore the the great southwest. Registration closes at noon three days prior to each day trip.

10 people standing on a river bank .

Overnight Trips

Join us on an overnight trip! Click on the trip link below to see more information about each unique overnight adventure that will allow you to explore the the great southwest.

 

Challenge Course

The UREC Challenge Program is a tool that can be used to help your group, team, organization, or office more effectively reach your goals. In challenge programs, focus can be placed on a number of different topics including: goal setting, problem solving, collaboration, trust, self-confidence, dealing with conflict, decision making, effective communication, and socialization. All programs are actively facilitated, and combines mentally and physically challenging activities with reflective debriefs to open the door to discovery and understanding.

  • Low Elements: Islands, Swinging Vine, Triangle Tension Traverse, Wild Woozy, T.P. Shuffle, All Aboard, Circular Whale Watch, Spider’s Web and Team Wall
  • High Elements: Cargo Net Challenge, Swinging Vines, Pirates Crossing, Hour Glass, Swinging Bridges and two Tandem Hydraulic Ziplines
  • All groups and teams are inherently different, and as such so is each challenge program! UREC Adventure staff will work with you to determine what will best serve your group based upon your desired outcomes. Challenge programs can range from a short, two hour team building session in a conference room up to a full day experience utilizing the low and high course elements located next to the UREC. The focus of the program and the challenge level is completely up to you!
  • Programming Options:
    • Low challenge course programs are ideal for groups looking to focus on socialization, group cohesion, goal setting, trust, conflict resolution, trust, collaboration, and effective communication. Groups will be challenged with a mix of activities conducted with props, and fixed elements located at the UREC Challenge Course. Low challenge course programs can last anywhere from one to four hours, and are often conducted in conjunction with the high challenge course.
    • Portable programs can provide the same benefits as a low course experience, but are tailored to groups who are not able to travel. Portable programs range from between one and three hours in length. All that is required is a space large enough for your group to move around in.
    • High challenge course programs are excellent for groups that are looking to focus on further group development, and encourage growth in every member. The high challenge course consists of four elements, a cargo net climb, and a zipline ride. High course programs can stand alone as a way to help a group bond together, or be done in conjunction with a low ropes program. Completion time for the high course is variable based on group size, but typically 10 people an hour can utilize the course.
    • Adventure based – Looking for team bonding experience that is a little less conventional? Adventure Education is happy to work with you to plan a group event that involves facilitated adventure experiences, private overnight or extended trips, service learning opportunities, or half/full day excursions around Baton Rouge.

Pricing for the challenge course is dependent on the participant’s relationship with LSU; Student, Faculty/Staff, Corporate, or Non-Profit, size of the group, and length of the program.


Pricing for Challenge Course usage.
StudentFaculty/StaffNon-ProfitCorporate
$7.00$9.00$12.00$14.00

*All pricing is based per participant, per hour. Beyond the Open Challenge Course dates UREC offers, you must sign up as a group in order to utilize the challenge course.

Participants must be 13 years of age to participate in high course activities.

  • Most Challenge Programs require at least one month’s notification to prepare for your individualized needs. The first step in booking your challenge program is to fill out an inquiry & group assessment form. This form provides us some background on your group, you desired goals/outcomes, group size, and requested dates. Please be sure to include a desired date and start time in your request.
  • From there, UREC Adventure Education Staff will contact you with any follow up questions, and initial outline for your program. Once all of your desires have been planned in, a contract will then be drawn up and signed by both parties. Payment for services will not be required until after they are rendered.
  • For more information about how to book a challenge group, contact the Coordinator of Adventure Education, Alex Hileman, at hileman1@lsu.edu.

Gear Rentals

LSU UREC has the gear you need for your next outdoor adventure. UREC Adventure Education provides outdoor rental items including everything you would need for kayaking, backpacking, canoeing, or camping. LSU students, UREC members, and the community may rent equipment on a daily basis. For more information on rentals, please call the Adventure Center at 225-578-3431. Review the policies below prior to making an outdoor equipment reservation.

Bike resting on a concrete wall.

Bikes

Same Day Rental Rate are:

Pricing for Bike rentals.
Student/MemberNon-member
Cruiser$5.00$20.00
Mountain$20.00$40.00
Tandem$10.00$20.00
Multiple tents set up at a large campsite.

Tents & Sleeping Bags

  • 2-person Tent
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for 2-person tent rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $5.00$20.00
  • 4-person Tent
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for 4-person tent rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $7.00$28.00
  • Sleeping Bag (34 Degrees)
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for 34 Degrees sleeping bag rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $3.00$10.00
  • Sleeping Bag (33 Degrees)
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for 33 Degrees sleeping bag rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $3.00$10.00
  • Sleeping Bag (22 Degrees)
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for 22 Degrees sleeping bag rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $2.00$10.00
  • Foam Sleeping Pad
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for Foam Sleeping Pad rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $2.00$4.00
Man cooking with camping equipment.

Cooking

Fuel not included with stoves. You much purchase it separately.
  • Backpacking Stove – Pocket Rocket
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for Pocket Rocket Backpacking Stove rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $2.00$10.00
  • Stove – Two Burner
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for Two-Burner stove rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $3.00$12.00
  • Pot Set (3 Pot Set or 2 Pot Set)
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for Pot Set rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $3.00$10.00
  • 2 Person System (Pots, Plates, and Mugs)
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for 2 Person System (Pots, Plates, and Mugs) rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $4.00$15.00
  • Quick Skillet
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for Quick Skillet rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $2.00$4.00
Two people taking a boat out on a lake.

Boats

All packs include lifejackets, tie-down straps, and paddle/s.
  • Canoe Pack
    • 1 seat, 2 seat, or 3 seat options available.
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for Canoe rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $10.00$40.00
  • Kayak Pack
    • Solo and Tandem packs available.
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for Kayak rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $10.00$40.00
  • Paddle Board Pack
    • We have two sizes (11’6” and 10’6”), which include stand-up paddle board and the aforementioned items.
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for Paddleboard Rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $10.00$40.00
Backpacking gear leaning against a glass wall.

Backpacks

  • 80 Liter Backpack
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for 80 Liter backpack rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $5.00$15.00
  • 70 Liter Backpack
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for 70 Liter backpack rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $5.00$15.00
  • 50 Liter Backpack
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for 50 Liter backpack rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $4.00$15.00
Dining setup at a large campsite.

Miscellaneous

  • ENO Hammock
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for ENO Hammock rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $5.00$10.00
  • Headlamp
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for headlamp rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $2.00$10.00
  • Camp Chair
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for Camp Chair rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $2.00$4.00
  • Camp Table
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for Camp Table rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $2.00$4.00
  • Dromedary
    • 2 sizes available to carry your water; 6 liters and 10 liters.
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for Dromedary rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $2.00$4.00
  • Trekking Poles
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for Trekking Pole rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $2.00$4.00
  • Coolers
    • 20qt., 40qt., and 80qt. options.
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for cooler rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    20 qt.$3.00$8.00
    40 qt.$6.00$10.00
    80 qt.$8.00$12.00
  • U-Dig-It Shovel
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for U-Dig-It shovel rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $1.00$2.00
  • Crash Pad
    • Metolius Folding Pad
    • Daily Rental Rate is as follows:
    Pricing for Crash Pad rentals.
    Student/MemberNon-member
    $5.00$10.00

Trip cancellations due to weather or lack of sign-ups (trips being cancelled by Adventure Education Staff) will be issued a 100% refund. Cancellations made by the customer at least 3 days prior to the trip leaving will receive a refund and will be assessed a $10 administrative charge. No refund can be made to customers who cancel less than 72 hours prior to the trip. All refunds require the approval of the LSU University Recreation Associate Director of Business Administration. Refunds may take around 2 weeks to process

No rental equipment may leave the UREC Adventure Center until it is paid in full. For LSU students, the presentation of a LSU student ID is required for rental. For UREC members, a valid UREC member card must be presented and for community members, driver’s license is required. Equipment must be returned complete and in good working order. If equipment is lost, stolen, damaged, destroyed, or late, fees will be assessed accordingly. All gear must be returned to and Adventure Education Staff member during Adventure Center Operating Hours. Any gear not returned to an Adventure Education Staff member during open hours will be subject to an abandonment fee of $50, in addition to any damaged or loss of gear as a result of being abandoned. Fees must be paid within three business days of assessment, or the Department of University Recreation may refer all outstanding/delinquent fees to the Office of Bursar Operations in order to collect such indebtedness. Late and excessively dirty/wet equipment will be charged 1.5 times the daily rental rate for each day late.