Whether you are new to outdoor adventures or you’re developing skills in any number of outdoor pursuits, this learning community will stimulate and challenge you. In this community, students develop lifelong leadership qualities in combination with environmental ethics and outdoor skills.

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If you want to establish friendships, explore the landscapes of Oregon and live in a community that shares your passion for the outdoors… this is the place for you!

Adventure Living Portrait under stars


Residents of the Adventure Living-Learning Community (ALLC) will learn new skills in a collaborative environment under the mentorship of ALI faculty and student staff.

Participants will:

  • Become a partner in a compelling experiential learning environment
  • Increase their adaptive capacity to solve problems through distinctive experiences
  • Use the outdoor environment as a way to foster the development of self-identity
  • Develop intellectual, physical and interpersonal competence through classroom and group experiences.
  • Learn and practice valuable skills that aid in effective group projects and assignments.
  • Use robust reflective processes as core to their learning experience

Experiential Learning, Reflection and ALLC Programs

The Adventure Living-Learning Community offers students a dynamic experiential learning environment. Students embark on compelling and interesting experiences which are a catalyst for personal growth, foster inter-personal development and create a culture for robust academic inquiry.

Experiential learning uses reflective processes that guide students to examine personal values and relationships with others in their community. Reflection is a critical component in forming conscious and lasting cognitive structures.


River Raft teams


Participant Expectations

Members of the Adventure Living-Learning Community (ALLC) are instrumental in contributing to the environment for themselves and their peers. Community members are expected to fulfill the following:

  • During the academic year, students are required to complete the following foundational courses for the Adventure Leadership Level I Certificate.
  • Introduction to Adventure Programs (EXSS 230)
  • Challenge Course Experience (PAC301)
  • Wilderness First Aid (PAC325)
  • Wilderness Living Techniques (PAC326)
    • Students make positive steps to reach Level I Certificate in Adventure Leadership.
    • Participate in 1or more Adventure Club outing/event per term. Fall and spring Term activities may include day-hikes, backpacking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and cycling. Winter Term activities may include XC-Skiing, snowshoeing, winter camping, and mountaineering


Team building, aerial perspective of Team

About ALLC Residents

The ALLC Community consists of 40-50 students from any course of study at OSU.

ALLC students are

  • First-year students in any major
  • Any student who finds value in outdoor pursuits and adventure learning
  • In good academic standing (2.0 or higher)