It’s Fun to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone!

The Adventure Recreation program – part of the programming offered by Cleveland State Campus Recreation Services – is designed to take participants outside the walls of the Rec Center to experience recreation opportunities available in Northeast Ohio and our neighboring cities and states. Despite being situated in an urban, downtown setting, there are plenty of areas and opportunities close by to take advantage.

All our trips and clinics are open to CSU students, Rec Center Members AND the Cleveland community. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun! And for most trips, the gear and equipment needed is provided for you – it’s as easy as showing up! Check out our Adventure Trips and Instructional Clinics pages to sign up today!

Interested in Adventure Rec or Have Questions?

If you have any questions about our Adventure Rec trips or clinics, or just have a questions about these program offerings, let us know by emailing or calling 216-802-3210.

Adventure Workshops

Our Adventure workshops are the perfect way to learn a new skill or perfect the ones you already have – either way, they’re a blast! And in the comfort of our very own CSU Rec Center.  Adventure Workshops are open to anyone and everyone and all equipment is provided. 

garden workshop series

Join us for our exciting 90-minute workshops held on a monthly basis, where students of all ages can delve into the fascinating realms of gardening and culinary arts. Whether you’re a budding horticulturist or a kitchen enthusiast, there’s something for everyone to learn and enjoy!

Students and Members: FREE


November 9th 3:00pm-4:30pm

December 8th 1:00-2:30pm

February 9th 12:00pm-1:30pm

March 27th 9:00am-10:30am

April 18th 4:00pm-5:30pm

Download the CSU Rec Member Connect app, go to “Programs”, select the “Adventure Recreation” category and register for the date you wish to attend.

Open paddle dates

Open paddle in our pool is the perfect place to try or practice stand up paddleboarding and/or kayaking! CSU students join for free! All equipment is included. Our certified paddling instructors will be there to help you hone your paddling skills, learn some new ones, or just have some fun on the water!


Students: FREE
Members: $5.00
Non-Members: $7.00


September 15th 7:30pm-9:00pm
September 30th 1:00pm-3:00pm
October 13th 7:30pm-9:00pm
October 28th 1:00pm-3:00pm
November 10th 7:30pm-9:00pm
November 14th 7:30pm-9:00pm

Download the CSU Rec Member Connect app, go to “Programs”, select the “Adventure Recreation” category and register for the date you wish to attend.

Office of Sustainability at CSU

Lunchtime Nature Walks

Would you like a guided tour of the CSU campus to learn about the many species of trees and plants you encounter every day? Join the Grounds Department and the Office of Sustainability for a lunchtime walk around campus. We’ll meet in front of the Student Center and spend the lunch hour with a horticultural expert who will share some fascinating facts about the wide variety of plant species found on our urban campus. No RSVP necessary.

September 20: 12:00-1:00 pm | West side of Campus

September 27: 12:00-1:00 pm | East side of Campus

CSU Sustainability Book Club

Are you hungry for deeper dialogue about the climate crisis and building community around solutions? All We Can Save is an anthology of writings by 60 women at the forefront of the climate movement. Through essays, poetry and art, the book fosters deep and fulfilling conversations about climate change and inspires us to connect, nourish, and take action. This ten-week book club will meet on Thursdays from 12-1pm, September 14 through November 16.  There is no cost to register and students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate.

Book club facilitators are Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, and Jennifer McMillin, Director of Sustainability. Contact or with questions.

Adventure Rec Trips

Our Adventure Rec trips are an awesome way to get out of the gym, be active with other adventurous people and have a blast! And you don’t have to have any prior experience to join any of our trips – EVERYONE from beginners to experts are welcome and encouraged to participate. Most, if not all, equipment is provided so all you have to do is sign up and show up! Check out our upcoming trips below but don’t wait too long – trips can fill up fast!

More Information

Interested parties can register online or in our ProShop. For more information on any of these Adventure Workshops or trips, please email