Our Mission

The Outdoor Program is committed to providing equitable access for all to the outdoors. The Outdoor Program (OP) fosters personal growth, facilitates learning and creates recreational opportunities through skills and risk management training, leadership development, and environmentally sound trips in a supportive community.

About the Outdoor Program

Outdoor Program Department Profile

OP Mission and Program areas

The Outdoor Program runs trips most weekends throughout the school year. These are open to all Whitman students.  Trips include kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, rafting, skiing, snow-shoeing, ice climbing, and more! The majority of trips are designed for beginners with little to no experience, but a small portion of trips are for intermediate or advanced levels (and will be indicated as such).

The  Rental Shop is the hub of the Outdoor Program. Students and community members can rent or purchase equipment from the shop for personal use. The Rental Shop manages all of the equipment used on OP trips and classes.

The  Climbing Center is Whitman college's state of the art climbing wall. The wall is open to Whitman students, faculty, staff as well as their family members and guests. Classes and clinics take place at the climbing wall every week.

The Outdoor Program also facilitates many of the Sports Studies and Recreation Activities (SSRA) classes on campus. We offer a variety of classes each semester, many of which include weekend trips to give students hands-on outdoor experience with their new skills.

The  Bob Carson Outdoor Fund was established in 2012 to help with some of the fees associated with the Outdoor Program's activities. Students can inquire at the OP rental shop for more information about his helpful resource.

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Whitman College is located on the traditional Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla homelands. We pay our respect to tribal elders both past and present and extend our respect to all indigenous people today. We honor their stewardship of the land and ecosystem and commit to continuing that important work.

Whitman College operates under federal permits from the USDA Forest Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  

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