About the Outdoor Experience Community

Exploration, Adventure and Care for the Earth.

The Outdoor Experience community promotes engagement and exploration with the outdoor environment. The community emphasizes the seven Leave No Trace Principles to ensure residents within the community have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the outdoor environment. This community is for students who have a passion and/or interest for the outdoors and recreational activities. We look to make engaging in the great outdoors inclusive and welcoming for all skill levels, interests, and abilities!

Great for Students Who...

  • Are interested in learning more about outdoor recreation and the natural world (no prior experience or skills needed!)
  • Have different skill levels, abilities, body sizes, and knowledge and want to experience the outdoor environment
  • Want to be involved in discussions, programs, leadership development and reflection as a way of fostering deeper connections to the outdoors and to self

Program + Learning Outcomes

By participating in the Outdoor Experience Community, students will:

  • Engage with the outdoor environment to foster the development of self-identity
  • Be involved in discussions, programs, and leadership development related to outdoor recreation 
  • Examine the PLU mission of DJS to cultivate a deep sense of wonder and belonging while learning to be good stewards of the earth
  • Develop practical leadership skills related to outdoor recreation

Pflueger hall
Pflueger Hall, home to First Year, New Transfer/Returner, and the Outdoor Experience Learning Communities!

Community Information

Linked Residence Hall:
Pflueger Hall

Community Director
Lorance Washington Jr. 

CD Email:


The Outdoor Experience Learning Community is in collaboration with Outdoor Rec, PLU’s Wilderness Adventure Club.

You do not have to be involved in the Outdoor Rec program to live in the Outdoor Experience LC!

Outdoor Activities Students Might Enjoy:

  • Hiking
  • Skiing
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Disc Golf
  • Spikeball
  • Knot-Tying
  • Bird-Watching
  • Gardening
  • Biking
  • Kayaking
  • Outdoor Photography
  • Fishing
  • Nature Walks
  • Swimming