About the OAP

The Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) is part of Michigan Technological University which is located in Houghton on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As a prime location for outdoor adventures, such as kayaking, canoeing, backpacking, and climbing, the OAP strives to get students, faculty, staff, and community members outside and active! 

We help connect students to the outdoors through guided trips, leadership training, information sessions, equipment rental, and by working closely with student organizations to help advertise and program events. We have been busy working hard to bring students excellent outdoor opportunities.

The OAP was created in 2006 with support from Alumni Charles (’36) and Patricia Nelson and the idea that Michigan Tech can provide students with great outdoor experiences.   With a grand vision and humble beginnings in the lower level of the Memorial Union Building, the OAP moved to the new location in 2010.  What started as a result of the need to provide students with the means to get outside and take advantage of the great outdoors has turned into one of the best reasons outside of academics to come to Michigan Tech. The program has grown tremendously due to the support of administration, the use of services by the students, and the grassroots efforts to provide low cost equipment rentals and trips to all students. 

The OAP is continuing to expand and that can be seen with the backyard programming area expansion and the addition of a trailhead post where snowshoes and cross-country skis can be rented. These expansions will allow for more usable space and will provide more ease for those renting equipment. 

Check out the navigation bar on the left side of this page to see all the services we have to offer!

Work For OAP

Looking to work for one of the most exciting areas on campus? Apply now to work for the Outdoor Adventure Program. We currently aren't hiring, but we always are willing to take your application for future openings.