Ferrum Outdoors Geared Up for Adventure
It’s easy to “go play outside” when the campus is surrounded by mountains, rivers and lakes. Events on the water this past semester included kayaking on the James River, a Family Weekend float trip, sailboat racing and cruising with the Virginia Inland Sailing Association on Smith Mountain Lake, plus Aquatrek Adventures instruction for SCUBA Open Water Certification—a two-day trip to a quarry in North Carolina.
Back on land, the most popular choices for students are the nighttime High Ropes Course ending with a zip line ride through the trees in the dark or the new additions to the Rock Climbing Tower. The Ferrum Outdoors Adventure Team is a new program designed to assist students who may wish to compete in a particular outdoor sport.
Ferrum students set up and hosted the campground area for the second year in a row at the “Go Outside Fest” put on by Roanoke Outside and Roanoke Parks and Recreation. This is a three-day interactive gathering of outdoor enthusiasts that celebrates and combines the most popular outdoor activities with demonstrations and performances by local musicians.
The great outdoors cannot be fully enjoyed without working to preserve the resources that let us recreate. This year, mixed in with all of the adventures were trail maintenance work, new marking of trails and the creation of a trail map. (Made possible with GIS help from Dr. Delia Heck, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.)
Ferrum Outdoors has new headquarters located next to the campus YMCA. Plans to expand include increasing the variety of programs offered plus the development of another trail system on campus. Everyone—students, faculty, staff and their families—is welcome to join in the year-round fun.