The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) Outdoor Venture Center (OVC) challenges participants to reach beyond their perceived personal limits physically, mentally and socially. It fosters appreciation for the natural environment, develops leadership abilities, and encourages relationship growth.
The OVC offers a variety of adventure activities for the UNO community and the general public. The OVC includes a state of the art climbing wall, rental center, and organizes between fifteen and twenty trips and workshops each semester, ranging from local workshops to advanced overnight trips in activities such as rock climbing, paddling, hiking, camping, skiing and biking.
Outdoor Emergency Care: This class is intended for prospective ski patrollers as well as outdoor enthusiasts.
Backpacking & Camping Class: This class focuses on the basic requirements of food, clothing, shelter, and equipment for living comfortably in the outdoors.
Take a backpacking trip to Black Hills, South Dakota in mid-June!
Blue Mounds State Park: The cliff face of Blue Mounds State Park rises from the sweeping prairie like a castle wall, and offers a wide variety of top rope climbing opportunities.
Basic Climbing Class: Learn and practice your climbing skills during these five evening sessions.
Ladies' Night: Break into the sport of rock climbing. Take a FREE belay course and receive FREE rentals regardless of whether you are a beginner or a climbing veteran.
Backwoods SUP/Slack/Kayak: This annual event sponsored by Backwoods features an outdoor gala with stand up paddle boards, slack lining, and kayak demos at Lake Manawa.
Beginning Kayak Workshops: These workshops focus on the basic skills needed for safe and enjoyable touring. We will teach efficient methods of paddling, maneuvering, avoiding and recovering from capsizing out at Cunningham State Recreation Area.
Cedar River: The Cedar River originates in the sand hills of Nebraska and mostly extends through an area of hilly land with moderate to steep slopes, sharp ridge crests, and remnants of nearly level plains eroded by water and wind. The trip is day touring with car camping on Saturday night.
Basic Stand Up Paddle Board Workshops: Learn the basics of getting up and balancing, strokes, and recovery from falling off a stand up paddle board. This workshop is taught in the UNO pool and will emphasize safety and understanding of this new sport in the Midwest.