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Adventure Program Clinics

Learn the skills you need to go on your own adventures.

The Adventure Program hosts a number of clinics 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. Expand your opportunities for being active in the outdoors and enhance your intellectual wellness by taking the initiative to learn new skills.

Clinics are open to all UMD students, faculty, and staff. Pre-registration with UID is required. Classes for academic credit are open to current UMD undergraduate students.


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Come learn the basics of Stand Up Paddleboarding with the Adventure Program! Stand up paddle boarding is a fun way to play on the water while also providing the benefit of a full body workout. Trained trip leaders will teach you the basics of this fast growing sport - no experience or equipment required! Participants will receive a coupon for 20% off an equipment rental from the Adventure Program Rental Desk.

  • Date: Wednesday, September 8 from 8 PM - 10 PM
  • Location:  Adventure Program
  • Cost: $10.00
  • Max participants: 6

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Do you have a bike you’re not sure how to take care of? This one-hour clinic will walk you through some of the easiest, most important things you can do to keep your bike running well and minimize the downtime you have to endure for your bike! Bring your bike or we'll lend you one. Participants receive a coupon for 20% off a bike shop retail purchase.

  • Date: Thursday, September 9 & Tuesday, October 26 from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Location: RecWell Bike Shop
  • Cost: $5.00
  • Max participants: 6

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One of the essential skills to maintain your bike is fixing a flat tire. Learn it here in this one hour clinic! Our instructor will walk you through the essential steps in identifying and repairing flat tires. Participants receive a coupon for 20% off a bike shop retail purchase.

  • Date: Tuesday, September 14 from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Location: RecWell Bike Shop
  • Cost: $5.00
  • Max participants: 6

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This four-session class provides an introduction to the basics of bicycle maintenance and repair. Topics covered include flat tire repair, brake adjustment, brake pad replacement, drive-train maintenance and repair, and an introduction to hubs, bottom brackets, and headsets. Participants receive a coupon for 20% off a bike shop retail purchase.

  • Date: 9/21, 9/28, 10/6 , and 10/13 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Location: RecWell Bike Shop
  • Cost: $15.00
  • Max participants: 6

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This two-session clinic will teach you the basics of kayak rolling. We will start with a general introduction to the sport of whitewater kayaking and will go over some basic paddling strokes. Most of our time will be spent learning how to roll a kayak. No experience is necessary.  Bring your swimsuit and a towel. Commitment to attend both sessions is required. Participants will receive a complimentary nose plug (essential gear for kayak rolling!)

 

  • Date: Wednesdays, 9/22 and 10/6 from 8 PM - 10 PM
  • Location:  Adventure Program
  • Cost: $15.00
  • Max participants: 6

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There are few things more rewarding than gathering around a campfire after a long day of adventuring outside. Yet, campfires can often be difficult to start and potentially dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.  Come learn the art and science of building campfires from Adventure Program Trip Leaders. Plus, make s’mores! Participants will receive a coupon for 20% off an equipment rental from the Adventure Program Rental Desk.

  • Date: Friday, September 24 from 7 PM - 9 PM
  • Location: Adventure Program
  • Cost: $10.00
  • Max participants: 8

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Learn the basics of birding in this clinic! You will learn about the key features and sounds of many common birds in our area which will help you spot them on campus and in the surrounding natural areas. You will also be introduced to resources provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology such as eBird and will learn how to track birding experiences. The first session in this clinic will familiarize you with resources, sights, and sounds, while the second session will consist of a guided field portion where we will birdwatch along a section of the Paint Branch Trail. Participants will receive a coupon for 20% off an equipment rental from the Adventure Program Rental Desk.

  • Date: Monday, 9/27 and 10/4 from 5 PM - 7 PM
  • Location:  Adventure Program
  • Cost: $15.00
  • Max participants: 8

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This two-part clinic is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to plan their own backpacking adventure. Topics covered over the two weeks of the course include: gear selection and sizing, route planning, safety precautions and considerations, and Leave No Trace principles. Commitment to attend both sessions is required. First session will be online, second session will take place at the Adventure Program. Participants will receive a coupon for 20% off an equipment rental from the Adventure Program Rental Desk.

  • Date: Mondays, 10/11 and 10/18 from 6 PM - 8 PM
  • Location: Adventure Program
  • Cost: $15.00
  • Max participants: 8

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Come practice your roll or other paddling skills in our open Paddle in the Pool sessions. Experienced Trip Leaders will be on hand to give you some pointers (only if you want!). Instruction is not guaranteed; if you want guaranteed instruction, check our Kayak Roll Clinic.  Bring your own gear or borrow some of ours. If you bring your own boat, you must ensure it has been cleaned.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 20 from 8 PM - 10 PM
  • Location: Adventure Program
  • Cost: $10.00
  • Max participants: 8

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Combine two great activities in one fun evening: stargazing and making s’mores around the campfire! This two hour clinic will teach you how to stargaze, give you some tools, and then go outside to look at the stars. After stargazing, enjoy a campfire and s’mores with our experienced trip leaders. Participants will receive a coupon for 20% off an equipment rental from the Adventure Program Rental Desk.

  • Date: Thursday, November 18 from 7 PM - 9 PM
  • Location: Adventure Program
  • Cost: $10.00
  • Max participants: 8

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Alex Gebhart

Coordinator, Bike Shop & Adventure Trips
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