Are you ready for adventure?

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 Picture of girl smiling while wearing a hiking backpack.

West Georgia Outdoors (WGO) offers various outdoor offerings throughout each semester that provide students, faculty and staff with outdoor recreational experiences that focus on adventure, challenge and growth. 

Join other UWG members on adventure trips all over Georgia where gear, instruction, and activity are all included in the price.

Learn practical skills and best practices for when you go on your own outdoor excursions with our outdoor workshops.

Experience a taste of what the outdoors offer with our variety of WGO special events throughout the semester.

Want to go on your own adventure but need help planning the logistics of the trip? We got you covered with our do-it-yourself trip PDF outlines.

Specific questions or requests can be emailed to wgo@westga.edu.

Lake Day at John Tanner

Take advantage of this glorious weather and come enjoy a day out at John Tanner lake this Sunday, Aug. 15. University transportation is required. Register for a transportation time slot at myrec.westga.edu by Aug. 12, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. in order to attend. Snacks will be provided but participants are encouraged to eat lunch prior to attending.

University transportation is required for this event. Accommodation requests can be sent to wgo@westga.edu.

Trip Information

  • Date of Trip: Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021
  • Free for students
  • Registration Deadline: Register at myrec.westga.edu by Aug. 12 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Snacks provided

Bike & Disc Golf (Two Trips)

Enjoy a scenic bike ride on Carrollton's Greenbelt to Hobbs Farm for a fun-filled day of disc golf. Prefer to skip the bike ride? No problem! Meet us there in your own mode of transportation.

If riding with WGO, meet at Campus Center WGO Rental Center at 9 a.m.

Trip Information

  • Date of Trip #1: Sept. 25, 2021
  • Trip #1 Registration Deadline: Sept. 23, 2021
  • Date of Trip #2: Nov. 6, 2021
  • Registration Deadline: Nov. 4, 2021
  • Student: $5
  • Faculty/Staff: $7
  • Hobbs Farm
  • Disc Golf game starts at 11 a.m.
  • Please bring a water and light lunch/snack

Greenbelt Bike Excursion

Get ready to ride as WGO embarks on biking the entire 18-mile Greenbelt. Be sure to pack a small lunch and plenty of water.

Meet at Campus Center WGO Rental Center.

Trip Information

  • Date of Trip: Oct. 2, 2021
  • Registration Deadline: Sept. 30, 2021
  • Student: $5
  • Faculty/Staff: $7
  • Greenbelt

Register for all trips at myrec.westga.edu. For questions or concerns, please email wgo@westga.edu.

The outdoor workshop series will help equip you for any successful outdoor adventure. You’ll learn everything from safety, shelter, nutrition, trip planning, and much more. Participants will be able to put all of the skills and knowledge they learn from the previous workshops into practice by coaching individuals on how to create their very own adventure through a capstone workshop (information about this final workshop will be provided to participants directly). These participants will be awarded a certificate of completion for attending at least 3 workshop events and completing the capstone workshop.

Wilderness Safety, Personal Care, and First Aid

Wilderness safety is critical to enjoying a successful outdoor adventure. Come learn important safety skills in areas such as first aid, personal care, animal, plant safety, and many more. This is designed to give you an overview of the essential safety skills for a successful wilderness adventure.

Event Information

  • Date: Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: WGO Rental Center
  • Register at myrec.westga.edu

Packing Your Pack/Gear

When you are out in the wilderness, you want to make sure you have everything that you need, while also balancing the amount of weight and gear that you have to carry. Learn the different types of equipment and gear that can be used for different kinds of trips as well as how to pack and bring that equipment along with you on your adventure. You’ll walk away from this workshop with the necessary tools to pick the correct gear for your adventure. 

Event Information

  • Date: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: WGO Rental Center
  • Register at myrec.westga.edu

Sheltering & Sleeping

Sleeping outdoors is a lot different than sleeping inside. Come learn about one of the most critical components of outdoor survival and experience: shelter and sleeping gear. A night under the stars can be one of the best or one of the worst experiences and it comes down to choosing the right shelter and sleeping gear. 

Event Information

  • Date: Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: WGO Rental Center
  • Register at myrec.westga.edu

Fire Making & Safety

Taking in the comforting glow and warmth of a campfire is one of the best experiences of being outdoors. This workshop will teach you how to safely build and manage a campfire and also learn about some of the other warmth and light options available when camping.

Event Information

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
  • Time 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: WGO Rental Center
  • Register at myrec.westga.edu

Backcountry Cooking & Nutrition

Come learn the A-Z process on how to prepare and cook meals on your outdoor adventure. You’ll learn how to pack and prepare meals, cook with camp stoves and other equipment, how to clean up after to avoid unwanted threats from animals and the environment, and how to locate, filter, and store water. Nutrition is critical to a successful outdoor adventure and after completing this workshop you’ll have the necessary skills to fuel your adventure.

Event Information

  • Date: Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: WGO Rental Center
  • Register at myrec.westga.edu

For more information, please email wgo@westga.edu.

WGO Expo

Join WGO for a day filled with adventure tips, gear demos, and resources to get you set for anything outdoors.

Event Information

  • Date: Aug. 26, 2021
  • Time: 3-6 p.m. (drop-by)
  • Location: Campus Center Front Patio
  • Registration: no need for registration
  • FREE

For more information, please email wgo@westga.edu.

Campus Camping Experience (Two opportunities)

Want a full trip experience while staying on campus? Join WGO as we explore campus trails, set up campsites, and learn vital outdoor skills on an overnight camping adventure on UWG campus.

Event Information

  • Date #1 Registration Deadline: Sept. 14
  • Date #1: Sept. 17-18, 2021
  • Date #2 Registration Deadline: Nov. 9
  • Date # 2: Nov. 12-13, 2021
  • Location: Love Valley/Campus Trails
  • Time: Starts Friday at 1 p.m. and goes until Saturday afternoon
  • Cost: $5 per person (must be a current student, faculty, or staff member of UWG)
  • Register at myrec.westga.edu

S'mores Night

You can never go wrong with S'mores! Enjoy a peaceful and relaxing evening under the stars all while eating some delicious s'mores around our fire pits.

Event Information

  • Date: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021
  • Location: Love Valley
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • No registration, just drop by
  • FREE for students, faculty, staff

For more information, please email wgo@westga.edu.

Do-It-Yourself Trips

Our WGO staff have created a variety of do-it-yourself (DIY) outdoor trip PDFs that outline everything you need to know to go on your own adventure.