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Adventure Program

Test your limits and explore new territory

The Adventure Program provides student-powered adventure experiences that promote personal growth, transformative learning, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship to the University of Maryland community.

We offer adventure trips off campus, top rope climbing and bouldering at the Climbing Wall, team building on the Challenge Course, equipment rental for your personal adventures, and bike maintenance and parts to get you back out on the road.

Facility MON through THURS FRI SAT and SUN
Adventure Rental Desk 5pm to 9pm 12pm to 4pm Closed
Climbing Wall 5pm to 9pm 12pm to 4pm Closed
Bike Shop 2pm to 6pm 12pm to 4pm Closed
Rental Desk & Resource Room
(August 28 to October 27)
4pm to 8pm 12pm to 4pm Closed 4pm to 8pm
Rental Desk & Resource Room
(October 28 to December 11)
4pm to 7pm 12pm to 4pm Closed Closed
Bike Shop 12pm to 6pm 12pm to 6pm Closed Closed
Climbing Wall
(August 28 to October 20)
4pm to 8pm 12pm to 4pm Closed 4pm to 8pm
Challenge Course Closed for the season November 15

Final Exam and Winter Hours can be found at recwell-alerts.

January 2 - January 20 

Facility MON - FRI Saturday Sunday
Rental Desk & Resource Room Closed Closed Closed
Climbing Wall Closed Closed Closed
Bike Shop Closed Closed Closed
Outdoor Rental Desk MON through THURS
4pm to 6pm
2pm to 6pm
4pm to 6pm
Bike Shop MON through THURS
12pm to 6pm
12pm to 6pm
Climbing Wall
Season Opening March 25
MON through THURS
4pm to 8pm
12pm to 4pm
4pm to 8pm

Adventure trips are the perfect way to get out of College Park and take a break from the hustle and bustle of campus. Trips are designed with beginners in mind, and trained trip leaders will teach you the necessary outdoor skills and support you throughout the trip. All trip costs include transportation, equipment, and any camping or park entrance fees. Try your hand at paddling, climbing, backpacking, biking, or caving - whatever your interest, we’ve got an adventure for you!

Adventure Trips

The Bike Shop is a student-powered bike shop located in the Cole Student Activities Building that provides free bike repair and maintenance service to all UMD students, faculty, and staff. The RecWell Bike shop also sells bicycle repair and safety gear, teaches instructional bike maintenance clinics, and rents commuter and mountain bikes by the day, week, or semester. Stop by to see how we can get you riding today!

Bike Shop

The Adventure Program campfire ring is available to rent for up to two hours outside of climbing wall hours of operation. We can accommodate group sizes of up to 25 people; if you have a larger group, please contact Corrie Fenn at To make a reservation, complete the campfire request form at least three weeks in advance of your desired date. We will provide firewood and staff to build and maintain the campfire. You are welcome to bring ingredients for s'mores; s'more skewers are available upon request at no additional charge.

UMD Cost Non-UMD Cost
$95 $145

The challenge course offers custom team-building programs to University of Maryland and community groups. These programs vary in length and focus depending on the group's goals and the amount of time a group has for programming. Activities options include name games and icebreakers, team initiatives, low ropes team challenges, and climbing on our Alpine Tower or High Ropes course.

Challenge Course

The climbing wall towers 55 feet and offers climbing on 11 different routes in addition to our bouldering grotto. The wall offers something for everybody with a variety of climbing options from beginner to advanced. Trained staff are available to lend a hand, and harnesses, helmets, and shoes are all available to borrow for free. If you’re looking for a way to work on your physical wellness, give yourself a mental challenge, or change up your workout routine, the wall may be just the place for you! 

Want to plan a private event at the Climbing Wall? Check out our climbing wall rental option. 

Climbing Wall

The Adventure Program hosts several clinics and classes each semester to help Terps learn technical skills and build confidence for adventuring in the outdoors. Learn how to cook over a campfire, belay at the climbing wall, take care of your bike, roll a kayak, and more.

Clinics & Classes


Our knowledgeable staff can help get the gear you need for your adventure. Tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, and more are available to rent by the day, weekend, or week.

Outdoor Gear Rental


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The Adventure Program is committed to creating an inclusive environment and making programs and facilities accessible to as many individuals as possible. We have adaptive climbing, kayaking, and biking equipment available for use and host affinity spaces at the climbing wall.
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No previous experience is necessary to engage with Adventure Program services and programs. Trained staff will teach you all that you need to know, and equipment is provided.
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The Adventure Program is located in the lower level of the Eppley Recreation Center. The entrance is near lot SS2. If at the main entrance to the ERC, go down the stairs between the ERC and the Outdoor Aquatic Center. The door to the Adventure Program will be on your right.

Contact Us

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Meghan Loughry

Assistant Director, Adventure Program
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Corrie Fenn

Coordinator, Challenge Course & Climbing Wall
Portrait of Anna Hisnanick

Anna Hisnanick

Coordinator, Bike Shop & Outdoor Rental Desk
Portrait of Sam Shrestha

Sam Shrestha

Coordinator, Adventure Trips & Camps


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