The Sweet Briar Outdoor Program strives to create outdoor recreational opportunities that foster personal growth, responsibility, leadership and environmental sensitivity through experiential learning in small-group settings.
We offer trips and adventures to current students, faculty and staff throughout the academic year. Sweet Briar Outdoors travels near and far for day trips, weekend adventures, and extended trips over the fall and spring breaks. Join us to go backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, caving, rafting, canoeing, skiing, hiking and more. Most trips are beginner-friendly, and all equipment is provided. Costs are discounted for students, so check out the trip schedule, find something that interests you, and stop by the office to sign up!
The Outdoor Program also offers skill-based clinics and training. We hold regular whitewater kayaking clinics in Sweet Briar’s pool open to all experience levels. Whether you are learning the basics of paddling or working on perfecting advanced techniques, you can get the skills you need to be successful on the river.
Interested in going on a trip of your own? We can help teach you the skills you need to have a safe and enjoyable experience. From basic backcountry living skills such as starting a fire and setting up a tent to more technical subjects such as navigation by map and compass, we will get you set up to head into the woods! In addition to the equipment we offer for rent, Sweet Briar Outdoors has a range of resources available to help you plan your trip, including books and maps.