Outdoor Recreation


Outdoor Recreation is open to students of all majors and academic classes.

The Outdoor Recreation LLC is For You If …

Outdoor Recreation Climbing Wall Photo

  • You’re excited to go kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, surfing, hiking, whitewater rafting, ice skating, skiing, snowshoeing, scuba diving, horseback riding, paddleboarding, camping, and much more.
  • You want to explore Milwaukee’s rivers, parks, lakefront, and bike trails with your community.
  • You like connecting to the natural world through optional classes, clinics, and learning opportunities.
  • You like planning outings and adventures with friends that you live with.
  • You’re ready to reflect on your experiences and make connections to what you are learning in the classroom and through life.


This community exists to help students build connections with nature, themselves, and others by using outdoor activities to ignite personal growth through adventure, reflection, and relationships.


LLCs may be housed in a different University Housing Facility from year to year. Find out where this LLC is currently located, or will be located during the upcoming Academic Year, by visiting the Living Learning Communities page and clicking on the Community Choices section.

In Their Words

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Gabrielle, UWM Student: “Through outdoor recreation I have found new strengths I never thought I would be capable of. Not just physical strength, but a mental motivation. With perseverance you can achieve anything and it is a phenomenal feeling. Applying this to college and school work has exponentially changed my enthusiasm to learn and my grade performance, for the better. That’s crazy, right? It is rather remarkable because school and outdoor recreation are two things that, on the surface level, don’t seem to have any congruency – but really, they are quite similar.”

Mariah, UWM Student: “Outdoor recreation, specifically through UWM Outdoor Pursuits, has helped me branch out socially. I have met many awesome individuals through the trips I’ve been on. Additionally, outdoor recreation has provided me with the opportunity to try new things (ex. surfing, backpacking). Because of the educational nature of the trips, I feel confident to try these activities again on my own. Running for recreation has given me an outlet for stress and has helped me appreciate the value of committing myself to a goal.”

Shelby, UWM Student: “Outdoor trips allowed me to try something new and meet new people. The groups are small, so it wasn’t difficult to make new friends. All outdoor activities help me relax during the school year. They are fun ways to take your mind off the stressful college life. Furthermore, outdoor activities are a fun way to hangout with friends and get exercise, which definitely makes me feel healthier.”


Hannah Murphy
Outdoor Pursuits Program Director