Outdoor activities available to students through Preston Center group


Alexandria Anderson, News reporter

Outdoor Recreational Adventure Center, in the Preston Center, provides a more unconventional way for students to get active here at WKU.

Some students may feel constrained in a gym but still have a desire to exercise in new ways. ORAC offers outdoor trips throughout the fall semester, ranging from hiking to canoeing to bike riding. Students can register online for spots on these trips and pay a trip fee, which covers transportation and any equipment you may need for the activities.

These trips are perfect for beginnersthere is no need to worry about what equipment to buy or what places to travel.

“Mentally, I think the trips with ORAC will provide a fun escape from the stress and anxiety that come with school,” Ella McGriff, a freshman Spanish major from Bowling Green, said. “Physically, it will probably help the trek up the hill become easier.”

As with all exercise, getting involved in these events can improve both your physical and mental health. Stepping outside campus can help distance yourself from stress, and the outdoors are a good place to clear your mind and re-envision weekly or monthly goals.

“Here at ORAC we are always looking for ways to be more inclusive so we can get everyone- and we mean everyone- outdoors finding something they love,” Dana Money, a sophomore ORAC trail crew and gear shop attendant, explained.

The fall event schedule can be found online or at the ORAC office inside the Preston Center. 

News reporter Alexandria Anderson can be reached at [email protected].