Outdoor Venture Center (OVC)

The Outdoor Venture Center 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 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.

OVC Hours

View the operation hours for the Climbing Wall and OVC Rental Center.

Rental Center

The Rental Center offers outdoor equipment of all kinds whether you are car camping or going on an extended trip.

Trip Schedule

The OVC offers a variety of workshops, classes, and trips throughout the year. View the most recent schedule here.

Climbing Wall

The state of the art Climbing Wall welcomes climbers of all levels and includes a Belay Course, Lead/Sport Climbing Course, and Bouldering.


Register at the Outdoor Venture Center or UNO Campus Recreation officers, located in the HPER building. To register, you must pay half the fees as a deposit (cash, check, credit card). The remainders is due by the planning meeting. If there is no planning meeting, your deposit is the total fee. All fees must be paid by the planning meeting date or you are subject to the late fee. For trips or workshops costing less than $75, the deposit is equal to the total trip cost.

We also accept registration for trips and workshops by mail or phone. Send the OVC a letter outlining which activity or activities that you want and check for the appropriate amount of deposit. Include in the letter the name, address and home and work phone for each individual registering for an activity. Failure to include this information or an appropriate deposit will result in the cancellation of your registration. Phone registration will require the same information and a valid credit card.

The OVC operates on a strict "first on, first served" policy. Mailing in a registration and deposit does not guarantee a reserved spot on a trip or workshop. A late fee is required if registering for an activity after the late fee deadline.

Refund Policy

If notice of cancellation is received prior to the early registration deadline, registrants will receive a full refund. If notice of cancellation is received on or after the trip early registration deadline, 50% of the trip cost is forfeited. Notice of trip cancellation the day of the trip will result in forfeiture of all fees.

Pre-Trip Meetings

Pre-Trip meetings are a very important part of our trips and longer workshops. The Cooperative Adventure Philosophy puts responsibility on the participant to help plan the trip and assist the group in having an enjoyable and safe experience.

Pre-trip meetings convey a great deal of useful information towards that end and give participants and the program leaders a chance to get to know each other.

Participants are given a trip itinerary, an awareness of risks inherent to the activity, education on avoiding hazards, and sometimes a chance to learn and practice necessary skills.

Individual and program expectations and roles and responsibilities of participants and leaders are discussed and compared. Packing lists and menu plans are prepared.

Failure to attend the pre-trip meeting can result in being removed from the trip or workshop.

Joseph Hanseling
Assistant Director of Outdoor Venture Center


6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182