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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

The WVU Science Behind the Sport makes STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning real for K-12 youth. WVU Science Behind the Sport has developed a series of educational programs that demonstrate fundamental principles in the context of adventure activities that include cycling, zip lining, and rock climbing. 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!

Students at the Summit Bechtel Reserve

The Summit Bechtel Reserve

Situated in the wilds of West Virginia, The Summit is a training, Scouting, and adventure center for millions of youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America and anyone who loves the outdoors. The Summit Bechtel Reserve is also home to the National Scout Jamboree and the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base. With incredible facilities and amazing outdoor programs, The Summit is a place that takes Scouts and Venturers to the limits of what they think they can do, and then pushes them further. The Summit is more than just a place for Scouts, it’s where future leaders are shaped.

Students monitoring water at the Summit

West Virginia Water Research Institute

Since 1967, the West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI) at West Virginia University 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. WVWRI is the premiere water research center in West Virginia, as well as a national and international leader within selected fields. WVWRI serves as the coordinating body for the following programs: Rare Earth Recovery, the National Mine Land Reclamation Center, Three Rivers QUEST, Water Resources Research, Environmental Technology Division, Geotechnical Engineering, West Virginia Outdoor Learning Lab, Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, and Hydrology Research Center.

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