The Viking Union is Open!


We are excited to announce that the Viking Union is open Monday-Friday 7am – 10pm, Saturday 9am - 11pm and Sunday 10am - 11pm.
Services have resumed operation, including Starbucks, the Bookstore, Vendor's Row and the Multi-Purpose Room is home to a Student Study Space, students can connect to campus Wi-Fi for streaming classes and ATUS printers are available in the Study Space. There is also comfortable seating throughout the 6th floor. Face Coverings are required, and Physical Distancing will be monitored. We look forward to seeing you!

Winter 2022 Trips

Winter 22 Trips

We will be offering in-person trips that are open to all students this Fall! Sign up for trips in person at the OC (VU 150, garden street entrance to the VU) or you can call in for sign-ups at 360.650.3112

On our trips, we attempt to engage all of our participants in fun and absorbing activities based on their comforts and ability levels. This will mean checking in with everyone to see what they want out of the trip and checking in multiple times during the trip to assess how the trip can best fit the groups' needs. We believe that there is a way to balance the excitement level of an activity and the perceived risk/exertion for each of our participants so that everyone can leave our program having learned something and enjoyed themselves.

For disability accommodations, questions or requests please contact as.oc.ex.asst.coord@wwu.edu at least one week before the trip. We have contacts with Outdoors For All in order to provide adaptive equipment to participants. If you reach out to us with a week's notice we can rent gear from this catalog to support you on any of our trips. We aim to make this experience as inclusive as possible, all of our trips itineraries can be adapted to promote accessibility, within reason. You may always reserve a spot (student or none student) for assistance on the trip. It may not be possible to bring Service Animals on every trip, email for more information.

Covid Guidelines

Covid guidelines are under review however the Outdoor Center currently operates according to these guidelines.

Allergen and Food Prep

All food will be provided through Brandywine Kitchen. Food will be individually wrapped in bio-degradable materials to comply with the AS Covid Guidelines and all food prep will be through Brandywine kitchen. If you have dietary needs, religious practices and/or restrictions please email as.oc.ex.asst.coord@wwu.edu so that we can communicate with the restaurant.

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Drop in 6 Week Yoga Series

Mondays 5:00pm-6:00pm
Join us for a restorative yoga practice to start out our weeks. Destress and make new friends. Extra mats, blocks, and yoga straps will be provided. All are welcome! 

Teambuilding and Tea - Challenge Game Series

Every other Friday from 1:00-2:30pm in the MPR
Like an escape room, but better! Drop in for a cozy tea bar and some fun teambuilding challenges to decompress from the week, form connections with fellow students, and strengthen friendships with the people you bring along.  

Bow Drilling & Fire Making:

Starting January 11th, Tuesdays from 3pm-4pm in the Outback Classroom
Join us to learn about the fire-making technology of Alaskan Natives and the Indus Valley Civilization. We will be traveling on some loose-packed dirt, woodchips, and gravel. Smoke can cause a sore throat and scratchy eyes and may further impact those who have respiratory concerns. 

Wellness Arb Hike: Jan 12th 2:00pm-5:00pm

Let's go on a hike, observe the abundant bird species, gaze up in awe of the enveloping tree canopies, and connect with nature around us. The hike will be on a paved inclined road, starting at Buchanan Towers.  

Intro to Back Country Cooking: Jan 12th 3:00pm-6:00pm

Join us to cook a hot meal and get introduced to the ins and outs of backcountry cooking. We’ll be meeting in the outback classroom where we’ll teach use of stoves, food safety in the backcountry and maybe roast a marshmallow or two! Open to a variety of dietary needs and preferences!  

Fragrance Lake Night Hike: Jan 19th 3:00pm-8:00pm

Come adventure in the Chuckanuts on this classic Bellingham hike. This night hike will allow us to experience the local forests from a new perspective. The hike includes a dirt path with a handful of exposed roots and some venturing upwards. Elevation gain is around 1,000 ft but is gradual.  

Intro to Back Country Cooking: Jan 19th 3:00pm-6:00pm

Join us to cook a hot meal and get introduced to the ins and outs of backcountry cooking. We’ll be meeting in the outback classroom where we’ll teach use of stoves, food safety in the backcountry and maybe roast a marshmallow or two! Open to a variety of dietary needs and preferences!  

Acro Yoga Night (VU 565): Jan 26th 5:00pm-7:00pm

Acro is a fun and engaging yoga practice that involves acrobatics and someone “flying” or being lifted by another person. Bring a friend and be ready to play, be goofy and move your body. This activity will involve touch, movement, and close contact at times.  

Acro Yoga Night (VU 565): Feb 9th 5:00pm-7:00pm

Acro is a fun and engaging yoga practice that involves acrobatics and someone “flying” or being lifted by another person. Bring a friend and be ready to play, be goofy and move your body. This activity will involve touch, movement, and close contact at times.  

Women and Non-Binary Mountain Bike: Mar 2nd 2:00pm-6:00pm

Get ready to kick up some dirt on one of the Northwest’s most legendary mountain biking trail systems! We’ll explore the pump track or the trails of Galbraith. Haven’t mountain biked before? No worries, this trip is perfect for bikers who are just getting into the sport.  

Intro To Back Country Ski & Split board: Jan 23th

Come explore Washington’s wintery landscapes in this early-season adventure! This trip is designed for those who have prior skiing experience. 

Backcountry Ski & Split Board: Jan 30th

Come explore Washington’s wintery landscapes in this early-season adventure! This trip is designed for those who have past skiing experience and feel comfortable in winter terrain.  

Women & Non-Binary Cross-Country Ski & Yoga: Feb 4th - 6th

Join us for a cross-country skiing adventure, paired with mindfulness! We will be traveling through a winter wonderland and enjoy the scenery along the way. Includes cross-country skis, boots, poles, and bindings.  

Women and Non-Binary Backcountry Ski & Split Board: Feb 27th

Tired of the resort? Wanting to see more of the mountains and less of the crowds? These day trips are designed for those who have proficient skiing or split boarding experience and are eager to explore the backcountry! Ski/split board, skins, bindings, beacon, shovel, probe included in the trip cost. 

Intro to Backcountry Awareness & Travel Seminar:  Feb 2nd and 16th 4:30pm-6:30pm

Join us for an evening of exploring the ins and outs of backcountry travel. This is an awesome space to learn some new skills, build community, and get introduced to the wonders of Winter in the PNW. Already a pro? Come and deepen your knowledge!