Outdoor Pursuits offers the equipment and instruction required to get out and play in the outdoors of Indiana and beyond! The Outdoor Pursuits Center offers something for all of our students, alumni, and community members. Experience the rush of whitewater rafting on West Virginia’s New River, learn the delicate arts of fly tying and fly casting, or add some spice to your workout by training on the indoor climbing wall. Whether you’ve got years of experience under your belt and are looking to sharpen your skills, or it’s your first outdoor adventure, we have something for you!

Outdoor Pursuit Updates: 


Climbing Wall

Due to Covid-19, the climbing wall is limited to bouldering only and reservations are required.  To reserve a time, log-in to the Recreation Services Portal, select Programs/Registrations, Climbing Wall, Climbing Wall Reservations and select the time you wish to climb.  Be sure to click check-out, and then confirm your check-out to officially reserve your time.  Reserve a time by clicking here. For Climbing Wall Hours, click here

Outdoor Pursuit Adventure Trips and Clinics

Outdoor Pursuit Trips are cancelled for the Spring 2021 semester. To see the list of our Free Clinics for the Spring 2021 Semester, click here. Registration opens soon!

Rental Center

The Rental Center is open and ready to serve you!  For hours, please click here.

Activities and Facilities

The mission of Ball State University’s Outdoor Pursuits program is to provide opportunities for Ball State students, faculty, staff, and the East Central Indiana community to learn and participate in outdoor activities that they would not otherwise have the chance to experience. The programs offered by Outdoor Pursuits are intended to teach technical outdoor skills while promoting safety, physical fitness, social interaction, environmental stewardship, and enhancing the University experience for all of those involved.

Outdoor Pursuits programs include a 36-foot indoor climbing wall, a year-round trip program facilitating 15+ trips a semester to both local and distant outdoor locations, and an impressive rental center with everything you need to go canoeing, kayaking, camping, or backpacking.

Bikes on Campus

Outdoor Pursuits rents mountain, cruiser, fitness, and road bikes for a small fee. Check out the Rental Center for pricing and additional information. Have a question about your own bike or need air in your tires? The friendly staff can help guide you in the right direction, answer a few questions, change a flat tire for a small fee, or fill your tires with air. Bring your bike by today!

Student Employment at Outdoor Pursuits

Do you think you have what it takes to lead and teach in an outdoor recreation setting? Interested in working at the Rental Center, Climbing Wall, or Trip Program? Students employed with Outdoor Pursuits will have the opportunity to develop critical leadership skills that will be highly transferrable to most careers in any industry. In today's extremely competitive economy, employers are looking for college graduates with leadership experience that sets them apart from the pack. Why not gain that experience while having a blast with Outdoor Pursuits?

Reasons to work with Outdoor Pursuits:

  • Great resume builder
  • Become part of a fun and friendly community of outdoor enthusiasts
  • Take your outdoor skills to the next level while sharing with others

To qualify for a position, you must be a current Ball State student. To apply, follow the steps below.

  1. Visit Cardinal Career Link for available job listings.
  2. If you find a position that interests you, visit the Career Center to get a referral.
  3. Complete the online application.
  4. Turn in the yellow referral to the Office of Recreation Services (Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Room 201A) to complete the process.