Campus Life

Outdoor adventures abound at UWF

Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? UWF offers many free recreational activities indoor and outdoor.

Canoe/Kayak Rental

With your nautilus card, canoes and kayaks may be checked out during normal business hours from the HLS customer service desk for free. Canoes are available for use on campus in the bayou behind Building 13. If that doesn’t float your boat, kayaks may be used off campus and are available for all-day rental.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Escape the heat and visit the air conditioned, indoor 36-foot rock climbing wall. There is top-rope climbing as well as bouldering. Open climbing hours are held Monday through Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. during the summer semester. Outdoor Adventure Staff are there to assist climbers and instruction is offered on a regular basis in the areas of open climbing, climbing clinics and group services.

In addition to these standard walls, UWF is the first university in the nation to feature a Moon Board, an idea of British climber Ben Moon’s, which many universities will be replicating in the future. The idea behind it is that similar gyms will build a bouldering area to exact specifications and use identical holds, so that climbers can all set, share and critique identical problems to climb on hundreds of Moon Boards around the world.

For more information, visit

Running Guides

Don’t hit the trails without knowing where you’re going. UWF Outdoor Adventures makes it easy with their one- to five-mile running guides across campus. All routes start and end at the HLS building.

To view the running guides, visit

Nature Trail

The Edward Ball Nature Trail on the west side of campus offers a mostly-shaded half-mile boardwalk for a leisure stroll. The trail is home to mammals, birds, fish and reptiles, including an occasional American alligator.

If mountain biking is your thing, bring your mountain bike and hit the trails beyond the boardwalk where the UWF Cycling Club frequents. There are miles of trails that are sure to keep you busy. For maps or for more information about the club, visit


In addition to the activities listed above, the UWF Outdoor Adventures website is a great resource for things such as, trip preparation, outdoor magazines, weather and local outdoor resources. Visit to learn more. To view pictures of Outdoor Adventures activities, visit here.