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Wilderness First Aid

This workshop will focus on first aid skills needed to take care of an injured individual in a remote setting. The workshop is set-up with some lecture time but a majority of the time you will be practicing the skills you need to know in mock scenario situations. When calling 911 is not an option, these are the skills you must have. A WFA Certification will be given to all participants who complete the course. This course also serves as a refresher course for those who hold a WFR certification.

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Fall 2020

Kayak the Boone River September 5th        Registration Deadline: September 3rd
Kayaking Ada Hayden September 10th Registration Deadline: September 7th
Rock Climbing in Minnesota September 19th    Registration Deadline: September 14th
Canoeing the Des Moines River September 20th   Registration Deadline: September 14th       
Mountain Biking at Whiterock Conservancy September 27th Registration Deadline: September 21st     
Biking to Ledges State Park October 3rd     Registration Deadline: September 28th
Horseback Riding & BBQ at Riverside Camp October 17th    Registration Deadline: October 12th
Hiking & Photo Tour October 18th  Registration Deadline: October 12th
Halloween Full Moon BBQ & Hike October 31st      Registration Deadline: October 26th


The workshops offered through the Outdoor Recreation Program are geared toward the beginner and intermediate level participants. Workshops we offer are kayaking, rock climbing, outdoor cooking, skiing, snowboarding, and many more. No matter what your interest or skill level, you will learn something new!

Workshop Name Offering Dates
Rock Climbing I – Introduction to Rock Climbing & Belaying August 29,  September 3, September 22, October 7, or October 31 

New Offering!!!! October 20th

New New Offering!!!!!! October 24th

Bicycle Maintenance September 3
Wilderness First Aid  September 12 & 13 or October 10 & 11
Rock II September 12, October 3, October 14th, or November 5
Kayak Paddling Workshop September 27

Trips Include

  • Transportation and Drivers
  • Food once we reach the destination (road meals not included)
  • Technical equipment (personal clothing not included)
  • Logistics and reservations for the trip
  • Trip Leaders to plan and manage the trip

Refund Policies

  1. Full refunds will be provided to all participants if a Trip/Workshop is cancelled by ISU.
  2. For a full refund to be granted, registered participants who cancel on a Trip/Workshop must be replaced. This can be done by getting a replacement from the Waiting List or by the individual finding a replacement for their spot. This must be done;

-Day Trips- Two weeks prior to the departure

-Workshops- two weeks prior to the workshop

-Extended Trips and Weekend Trips- Two weeks prior to the pre-trip meeting

Refunds will be given via an ISU check for those that pay in cash or write a check for payment or if paid by a credit card, you will be contacted to come in and have your credit card credited.


Road Trip…Surfing California  March 14th-21st Registration Deadline- March 6th @ 6:00 PM
Canoe and Hike Labyrinth Canyon Utah March 14th-21st  Registration Deadline- March 6th @ 6:00 PM
National Park Tour of Colorado, Arizona, and Utah March 14th-21st  Registration Deadline- March 6th @ 6:00 PM
 Hiking, Canyoneering, and Climbing Utah March 14th-21st  Registration Deadline- March 6th @ 6:00 PM
Canoe/Kayak and SUP in Florida March 14th-21st  Registration Deadline- March 6th @ 6:00 PM
Ski and Snowboard Utah March 15th-21st  Registration Deadline- March 6th @ 6:00 PM
Canoe and Kayak Lake Powell Arizona  March 14th- 21st Registration Deadline- March 6th @ 6:00 PM
Backpacking the Blue Range Primitive Area Arizona March 14th- 21st Registration Deadline- March 6th @ 6:00 PM

Winter Break 2020

Registration is closed for Winter Break trips.

Canoeing Bartram Trails, Alabama January 2-9, 2020
Winter Excursion to Colorado January 5-10, 2020
Ski & Snowboard in Jackson Hole, Wyoming January 4-10, 2020
Canoeing and Hiking Big Bend National Park, Texas  January 2-10, 2020
Fun in the Sun, Florida January 2-11, 2020
Hiking & Caving in the Southwest, New Mexico & Texas January 2-9, 2020

Is your group looking for an outdoor adventure? Look no further! ORP can customize a trip for you. Anything from canoeing, camping, hiking, skiing or rock climbing, your imagination is the limit. Contact Jerry Rupert at 515-294-4774 or

The Outdoor Recreation Program is located in State Gym. Phone: 294-8200