Skill Development

Become an outdoor expert

IU Outdoor Adventures has a wide range of classes, trainings, clinics, and workshops to teach you the skills needed to have a fun and safe outdoor experience. Designed for the beginner outdoor enthusiasts, our for credit classes, trainings, and workshops range in time, duration, activity, and skill set.

SPH-W classes

Earn class credit while learning a new outdoor activity in our SPH-W classes. Offered by the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, our courses are designed to introduce you to the basics of many popular outdoor recreation activities. Classes include mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, and many more.

Find a class

You can view SPH-W classes offered during the current and upcoming academic terms at Student Central. You can register for SPH-W courses using the Student Center in One.IU during your regular registration appointment.

View a complete list of all SPH-W courses in the School of Public Health academic bulletin.

nine backpackers pose in front of a mountain vista
two hikers look at a trail map, one points into the distance
a view from inside a kayak across a lake

Trainings and workshops

For a more in-depth skill building session, IU Outdoor Adventures offers a wide range of trainings, workshops, and clinics to develop the technical skills in various outdoor activities. These opportunities are designed more on particular technical skills and range in length, duration, and required skill set. Our programs are open to IU and the community and include whitewater kayak and canoe training, the stand-up paddle board series, and bike maintenance clinics.