IMPORTANT MESSAGE

We are excited to announce that the Viking Union is open Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm. While no services are available, the Multi-Purpose Room is home to a Student Study Space, students can connect to campus WiFi for streaming classes and ATUS printers are available in the Study Space. There is also comfortable seating throughout the 6th floor. At this time, the building is only open to Students, Staff, and Faculty. Face Coverings and Symptom Attestations are required, and Physical Distancing will be monitored. There is no eating allowed in the building. Greeters will welcome you at the Garden St and High St main entrances. We look forward to seeing you!

The Bookstore offers pickup with prearranged appointments Mon-Fri 9am-1pm. Here is a link for info.

Accessibility

The Outdoor Center is working to create accessible and inclusive programing.

Towards this mission we are partnering with multiple organizations to supply adaptable equipment and produce inclusive programs.

Our Trips This Winter

In-person

Headlamps and Hot Soup Jan 20th 5:30pm - 8pm

Event will be accessible to wheelchair users on a steep asphalt road. There should be no cars but reflective gear and lights will be provided. Trip leaders are focused on safe group travel and are trained to keep groups together no matter the speed. Please contact as.oc.ex.asst.coord@wwu.edu with any specific adaptations or accommodations, we aim to make this experience as inclusive as possible.

Food and Downtown Bike Tour Feb 3rd 2pm-4pm

Adaptive bikes (Handcycles, Recumbent Trike, Tandem Bike) will be available if requested a week before the excursion. We are renting them from Seattle so we need the time to bring them up. The terrain will include high traffic roads at mostly moderate grades with a chance of some urban pedestrian walkways with steeper grades if the Trip Leader deems the group able. Trip leaders are focused on safe group travel and are trained to keep groups together no matter the speed. Please contact as.oc.ex.asst.coord@wwu.edu with any specific adaptations or accommodations, we aim to make this experience as inclusive as possible.

Foraging for Gratitude Feb 17th 3pm-5pm

Event will be accessible to wheelchair users on a steep asphalt road. Reflective gear and lights will be provided. Trip leaders are focused on safe group travel and are trained to keep groups together no matter the speed. *We will not be eating any of the organisms viewed and we will simply learn and admire! Please contact as.oc.ex.asst.coord@wwu.edu with any specific adaptations or accommodations, we aim to make this experience as inclusive as possible.

Waterfalls and Sandwiches March 3rd 9am-12pm

Adaptive bikes (Handcycles, Recumbent Trike, Tandem Bike) will be available if requested a week before the excursion. We are renting them from Seattle so we need the time to bring them up! The terrain will include biking alongside the road for approximately 3.5 miles in each direction and 7 miles round trip. Route is paved but will consist of several medium to large hills throughout the bike at moderate to steep grades. Whatcom falls can be viewed from a paved trail and the rest the area includes trails with hard packed dirt. we can offer guidance on how to traverse the hills and make it feasible for people to succeed but it might not be feasible for every skill level! Contact as.oc.ex.asst.coord@wwu.eu at least one week in advance to ensure proper equipment is available, we aim to make this experience as inclusive as possible

Mindfulness Hike Mar 17th 4pm-6pm

Trip includes travel over level and moderately sloped gravel trails. Reasonably smooth gravel. Discernible small rocks over a hard-packed surface. Trip leaders are focused on safe group travel and are trained to keep groups together no matter the speed. Please contact as.oc.ex.asst.coord@wwu.edu with any specific adaptations or accommodations, we aim to make this experience as inclusive as possible.

Online

Weekly Online Programs!

All online panels and educational events put on through the Outdoor Center will have Closed Captioning available and turned on from the very beginning on the event. Our Trip Leaders have made detailed lessons plans that are catered to individuals desired outcomes and what they want to learn! So if you are interested in a topic please come join us and bring your questions/unique experiences!

Allergen Information:

We have partnered with Leaf and Ladle to provide individually packaged sack lunches to everyone on the trip. Leaf and Ladle provides food for a variety of dietary needs, preferences and accommodations and we will work with each individual to try and ensure something that works! While there are many dietary options at Leaf and Ladle, we cannot guarantee that no cross contamination has taken place in the preparing of food. If you have life threatening allergies please let your Trip Leader know and we will try out best to come up with a solution.