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Students navigating on an Adventure WVU trip

Adventure West Virginia

Adventure WV began as a small Outdoor Orientation Program for incoming WVU first-year students, but it has grown to be so much more. Today, Adventure WV is charged with developing adventure education programming for students of all levels by supporting adjustment to college life, student retention, and career success through assisting student development in self-knowledge, team work, and leadership skills. Adventure's offerings include an Outdoor Recreation Center, Climbing Wall, Outdoor Education Center, Challenge Course, Zip Canopy Tour, International Study Abroad Programs, Leadership Training opportunities, and many other Outdoor and Experiential Education programs.

Student on a Science Behind the Sport Zip Line Tour

Science Behind the Sport

WVU Science Behind the Sport makes STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning real for K-12 youth. WVU Science Behind the Sport lessons demonstrate fundamental STEM principles in the context of adventure activities that include cycling, zip lining, rock climbing, and more. Participants are actively engaged in an outdoor classroom and focused on hands-and feet-on experiences that create unique opportunities to get youth excited about science!

A New River Gorge park ranger holds up a crayfish for students to see, while standing in a shallow creek.

New River Gorge National Park

SAS students who attend our Summit location spend a half day in the nearby New River Gorge National Park, where enthusiastic park rangers help students become freshwater ecologists. Catching macroinvertebrates, testing water quality, and studying watersheds adds up to an excellent introduction to the natural and recreational resources available so close to home in the National Park.

Students monitoring water at the Summit

West Virginia Water Research Institute

The West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI) developed SAS's first Environmental Education curriculum. Since 1967, WVWRI has served the people of the state by developing solutions to important environmental and economic development issues and disseminating the results to the public, legislators, and government officials.

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