Outdoor Adventure Program

Rice Rivers Center

Events, Camps, and Instructional Courses 

Click the titles in the chart below to view full descriptions, trip costs, and registration. Registration for Fall 2018 opens August 1. 

Fall 2018 Events
Event Date Register by
Pedal & Paddle 9/21 - 9/23  9/18 
Fall Foliage Ride 10/13 10/9
Family Day at Rice 10/6 10/3
Wellness Retreat 9/8 - 9/9 9/4
Wellness Retreat 10/18 - 10/21     10/16
Sweaters & S'Mores    11/9 - 11/10 11/6
Wilderness First Aid Course 12/1-2 11/26

The VCU Outdoor Adventure Program is partnering with the VCU Rice Rivers Center to offer environmental education and recreational programming at the 500-acre facility along the lower James. The Center supports academic instruction, applied research, and community outreach in disciplines that include conservation biology, environmental science, ecology, water resources, wetland restoration, and technology. With direct access to the James River, a new boat launch for canoes to access the tidal Kimages Creek, and the recent opening of the Inger Rice Lodge that can sleep up to 22 visiting researchers, students, or visitors, the Rice Rivers Center is a perfect location.

With the new partnership, we hope to increase the public knowledge and excitement about research programs currently taking place, and inspire future scientists through our educational summer camps. Check out the research being done on the Prothonotary Warblers and the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program.

Custom Programming

If you are interested in doing custom programming and hosting your own event at the Rice Rivers Center, we can help! The facility has a conference room with state of the art technology, community education labs, plenty of open spaces, and canoes. The lodge has a community space along with a kitchen equipped for large groups. We can also facilitate a variety of teambuilding programs with the options ranging from a few hours to the whole weekend.

For more information, please contact Katie Schmidt at outdoors@vcu.edu

Watch this video tutorial on how to use the MyRecSports portal to sign up for all programs.