Outdoor Recreation

Our Mission

The purpose of the Outdoor Recreation program is to provide outdoor and environmental education opportunities for students, faculty and staff of all races, religions, genders, sexualities, abilities and backgrounds. The Outdoor Recreation program is committed to providing enjoyable, challenging, meaningful and educational experiences that will allow individuals and groups to learn the skills necessary for survival, safety and sustainability in outdoor activities as well as develop an appreciation for the environment.

Outdoor Recreation Office Hours
Monday and Friday: 9:00a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

UNI Outdoors Land Acknowledgement

The University of Northern Iowa honors the ancestral stewards of the land on which our university rests. Among these stewards are the Báxoǰe or Bah Kho-Je (Iowa), oθaakiiwaki‧hina‧ki (Sauk) and Meškwahki·aša·hina (Fox), Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Sioux), Umóⁿhoⁿ (Omaha), and Hocąk (Ho-Chunk), as well as those tribal nations who are contemporary caretakers of land in Iowa, including the Meskwaki: Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa. We acknowledge the sovereignty of your tribal nations and the violent and painful histories of removal and dispossession as the original caretakers of the land.

As an institution of higher learning now stewarding the land of ancestral caretakers, we hold responsibility to ensure the histories and cultures of Native and Indigenous Peoples are woven into the fabric of our mission as we endeavor to create an institution that is welcoming to and inclusive of all. As guardians and creators of knowledge, the University of Northern Iowa also recognizes the importance of integrating Native and Indigenous culture in our community outreach and engagement efforts. We seek to live our responsibility of mission stewardship through collaboration based on mutual trust, care, and learning.


Get Involved

Students interested in becoming more involved in the UNI Outdoors program should contact UNI Outdoors at 319-273-7163 or email us at unioutdoors@uni.edu. No previous experience is necessary for our events or clinics. Anyone can enjoy the great outdoors and is encouraged to take advantage of this recreational resource. Let UNI Outdoors help you get outside!

Need Help Planning a Trip?

Is there a place you’ve always wanted to explore? Let the UNI Outdoor Recreation team help you make it a reality! Our experienced staff in the office and at the climbing wall have the know-how and skills to help you plan, pack and execute your dream adventure! To get started you can swing by our office in WRC 174 and speak with our friendly staff or check out our Student Trip Planning Guide!