New Students

Virtual Outdoor Experiences

The Office of Athletics, Fitness and Outdoor Programs will be offering a virtual Outdoor education program for incoming first year students. We are shifting from our traditional pre-orientation outdoor experiences to a 10 week long virtual program over the fall that will introduce you to outdoor engagement, education, leadership and learning! 

Registration opens May 1


In small cohorts (about 10 Reedies each) led by one current student leader, participants will explore outdoor engagement and education through weekly 1 hour sessions. 

Some of the modules we are planning to offer include:

  • Map and compass navigation
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Cooking in the backcountry
  • Introduction to rock climbing
  • Introduction to white water rafting
  • Introduction to kayaking
  • Equity and diversity in the outdoors
  • Outdoor leadership

In preparation for this program, each cohort will meet virtually during Orientation week or the first week of classes. This will provide you with the opportunity to meet your fellow cohort members, a current Reed student, and to go through the program curriculum with your group. You will be able to begin building community and a circle of friends by meeting other Reed students who are interested in outdoor engagement! 


Will Symms, assistant director of athletics, fitness & outdoor programs, 503-777-7232.

Important Dates

July 31  Registration Deadline! 

Costs & Registration

Due to the changes this year, this program will be offered at no cost to participants. 

The registration deadline has been EXTENDED to July 31. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; application materials must be received by July 31. You will receive an email confirming your registration. By August 15, you will receive the details for your group meeting and the curriculum for the program.


Registration opens May 1 on a first-come, first-served basis. Materials must be received by August 1. Please be honest when answering questions about your Outdoor experience—trips are designed for all skill and experience levels, and we want to match you with the right level.


If you are a student in need of accommodations due to disability, physical or otherwise, please let us know in advance so we can be as accommodating and inclusive as possible in our programming. You may also contact Disability & Accessibility Resources to discuss your needs and other possible accommodations for your time at Reed.