Adventure Programs for Veteran Students
Enjoy the outdoors with fellow veterans
Take a break from academics and enjoy kayaking, biking, and climbing with fellow veterans. The Adventure Program, Veteran Student Life, and Team River Runner offer a variety of programs; some programs are designed to provide a physical challenge or introduce you to a new adventure activity, and some are designed for veterans and their families to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. While adventuring, you’ll build social connections with other veterans. All programs are free for veterans thanks to generous support from the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Contact: Amanda Preperato, Assistant Director
Fall 2019 Programs
Location: Lock 6
Time: 5:00-9:00 PM (please arrive 15 minutes early)
Join the UMD and Walter Reed Team River Runner Chapters for moving water practice and a slalom gate workout. Learn about drill eddy turns, peel outs, ferries, etc. Transportation, boats, and gear provided. No previous experience is necessary. Meet at the Adventure Program in the Eppley Recreation Center.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, September 3, 8:00-10:00 PM
Cost: This trip is free thanks to generous support from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Join Veteran Student Life and the Adventure Program for an introductory whitewater kayaking trip! You’ll start off learning the basics in the pool at the pre-trip meeting and you'll be running some class II rapids on the Potomac by the end of the trip. Expect to get your adrenaline pumping, learn paddling skills, and meet other veterans. Transportation, kayak equipment, and lunch provided.
Dates: September 18, October 6, October 23, November 6, November 20
Time: Wednesdays 8:00-10:00 PM & Sundays 12:00-2:00 PM
Location: Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium
Join fellow veterans for paddle sessions in the pool. During this time you'll have the opportunity to work on your paddling technique and your kayak roll. We'll also spend some time playing a friendly game of kayak football. No experience is necessary. Kayaks, paddles, and PFD's provided.
Time: 7:30 AM-4:00 PM
Location: Trinity University
Come join us for Adaptive Adventure Day - it is an experience that promises to be both fun and fulfilling. You have the opportunity to create a very special and memorable day for children and young adults. The HSC Pediatric Center’s Kids in Action program is hosting a free adaptive sports day. Children and young adults with disabilities ages 5 to 21 can choose from different activities, including wheelchair basketball, boccia, kayaking, wheelchair dance, wheelchair lacrosse, wheelchair tennis and more! UMD will be hosting the kayaking activity station. Come and share your paddling knowledge as you assist youth and young adults with adaptive kayaking in the pool. You are sure to see a lot of smiles during this event!
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, September 17, 8:00-10:00 PM
Cost: Free thanks to generous support from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
This trip is designed to introduce you to the thrilling sports of whitewater kayaking and rafting. Learn the basics of paddling and kayak rolling in the pool before heading out to the Youghiogheny River, affectionately known as the Yough, for a weekend full of adventure and relaxation. We’ll spend the first day whitewater kayaking on the class II Middle Yough, enjoy a night of relaxation in a cabin, and spend the second day whitewater rafting on the class III Lower Yough. No previous paddling experience is necessary but you must attend the pre-trip meeting and pool session in order to participate on the trip. Transportation, kayak equipment, meals, and lodging provided.
Location: Rosaryville State Park, MD
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, October 1, 8:00-10:00 PM
Cost: Free thanks to generous support from the Department of Veteran Affairs
Push yourself and learn new skills with us on this mountain biking trip for veterans! We will head out to Rosaryville State Park, home to some of the best single-track mountain biking in the region. Trip leaders will provide you with enough instruction to get you rolling. Once you're feeling confident on the bike, you'll get to experience all that Rosaryville has to offer, from the challenge of hill climbs to the excitement of hopping roots, rocks, and logs. No previous mountain biking experience necessary, but you should be comfortable riding a bike. Bike and helmet, transportation, and lunch included.
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Time: 12:00-3:00 PM (Lunch 12:00-1:00 PM & Climbing 1:00-3:00 PM)
Location: ERC Climbing Wall
Join fellow Veterans and their families for an afternoon of food and climbing! The climbing wall has something to offer for everyone, whether this is your first time climbing or you are a regular. All climbing equipment will be provided and trained staff will be on hand to belay you and your family up the wall.
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: ERC Natatorium
Join us for our 6th annual Kayak Football Tournament at the University of Maryland! Grab your friends and make a team or come out as a free agent enjoy an action packed day of kayak football. All kayaking equipment will be provided (including a wide range of adaptive paddling gear), but feel free to bring your own as well. The games will be played with each team having five team members in the pool at a time. Don't have a full team? No problem - you can register as a free agent or pick up free agents on the day of the tournament.