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New Learning Community: Outdoor Experience Community

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May 10, 2024

Do you love the outdoors? This fall, we’re launching a brand-new Outdoor Experience Community, one of our many themed learning communities (LCs) on campus. When living on campus, students have the option of living in a hall with a learning community that fits their passions and/or identities (and there is a Commuter LC, too!). LCs connect students, faculty, and staff and provide co-curricular events and programs related to the theme(s).

Students stand together in front of a mountain after a hike.
Students hike up a mountain.
Student stands on a mountain and takes a photo.

The new Outdoor Experience Community, located in Pflueger Hall (pronounced ‘flee-gur’), partners with Outdoor Rec, PLU’s wilderness adventure club.

Imagine a place where you can dive deep into the wonders of the great outdoors, where every trail leads to a new discovery and every sunset paints the sky with breathtaking colors. That’s what the Outdoor Experience community is all about. But it’s not just about the thrill of adventure; it’s also about fostering a deeper connection with nature and learning to become stewards of the Earth.

One of the community’s core values is promoting the seven Leave No Trace Principles. These principles ensure we leave the natural environment as pristine and beautiful as we found it, minimizing our impact on delicate ecosystems.

You might be thinking, “But I’m not an experienced outdoorsman or an expert hiker.” Well, fear not! The Outdoor Experience community is open to everyone, regardless of skill level, ability, body size, or prior knowledge. Whether you’re a seasoned mountaineer or have never pitched a tent, there’s a place for you here.

What can you expect from being part of the Outdoor Experience community? Besides epic adventures, you’ll also have the opportunity to engage in discussions, programs, and leadership development activities focused on outdoor recreation. These activities will help you hone your practical skills and deepen your connection to the natural world and to yourself.

So, if you’re ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime and make lasting connections with fellow outdoor enthusiasts, the Outdoor Experience community is the place for you. ️