SUU Outdoors is hosting an open house on Friday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate its new location in the Sharwan Smith Student Center and in the Leadership Engagement Center. Divided into two parts, the new locations increase visibility and convenience for the SUU community. All are invited to the open house in the student center, which will include light refreshments, games, prizes and tours of the new spaces.
SUU Outdoors’ mission is to facilitate and inspire meaningful experiences in the natural world by providing opportunities for students to explore southern Utah.
SUU Outdoors is unmistakable now with the addition of a bouldering wall and other new features in the student center. There students can sign up for rock climbing, ropes course, trips and adventures. There are over 100 trips a year, free of charge for students, led by trained professionals.
The new location in the student center will be selling socks, waterproof maps, freeze-dried food, water bladders, technical equipment and outdoor apparel explained Kevin Koontz, SUU Outdoors Shop Manager.
They also have plans to make outdoor trips even more accessible. “We will also have computers to help students plan their own adventures,” said Koontz. “We have a growing collection of guidebooks and trail maps and are planning to make an adventure sharing board where students can invite others to join them on a trip.”
The rental equipment moved from the student center into a garage behind the Leadership Engagement Center. It’s a convenient new location because anyone can drive right up to the shop, load or unload equipment and drive away. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rental equipment in the garage is organized according to subject: water sports, winter sports, camping, kitchenware, wheels, climbing, canyoneering and lawn games. The rental prices are inexpensive and convenient for students and include everything from kayaks to crash pads.
SUU’s location in southern Utah is in the perfect position to take advantage of all that Mother Nature offers. That’s one of the reasons why it was declared the most outdoorsy school in the nation and trademarked the name University of the Parks. Hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, biking, camping and so much more. With such close proximity to National Parks, National Monuments, state parks, mountains, deserts, lakes, snow and sand there is enough to keep anyone occupied.