What is West Georgia Outdoors?

West Georgia Outdoors (WGO) is a part of University Recreation, managing and supporting  a climbing wall, a rental center, and an adventure trip program with the help of professional and student staff members. The community of WGO seeks to provide experiences for students, faculty, and staff through outdoor recreational activities. West Georgia Outdoors strives to provide adventures, challenges and growth by allowing patrons to push their personal limits and step out of their comfort zone through safe and exhilarating experiences.  

West Georgia Outdoors prides itself in providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff where no previous experience is necessary to participate. The goal is to allow anyone to get outside in a fun and welcoming environment on whatever level they are comfortable with. By providing these opportunities, WGO seeks to lay the foundation for others to live a life with a better understanding of outdoor recreation as a whole.

Why do we "Adventure West?" 

Adventure West for Challenge. Whether it is reaching the summit of a mountain or learning to ride a bike, we doubt only our limits.

Adventure West for Growth. From participating on a hiking trip to leading a Spring Break trip, everyone involved will develop essential skills to make this world a better place.

We Adventure West. When we walk across the stage at graduation, we leave West Georgia with memories, experiences, and unparalleled friendships you can’t get in the classroom.

We are West Georgia Outdoors, and we Adventure West.

  • ELEMENTS 2017
  • Adventure Trips
  • Climbing Wall
  • Outdoor Recreation Center
  • ELEMENTS 2017

      West Georgia Outdoors presents Elements, a new student outdoor program

    Elements, New Student Outdoor Program, is an outdoor adventure experience for new incoming freshmen to the University of West Georgia.  Students will embark on a 5-day/4-night adventure before the start of the fall semester in some of the Southeast’s most scenic outdoor destinations.  Activities could include backpacking, canoeing, rafting, climbing, and zip lining.  Each trip will have several fun and exciting components throughout to keep the groups engaged and challenged.  Groups will consist of nine student participants and two outdoor program instructors in order to create a family like atmosphere.  By the end of the week, participants and leaders will have the opportunity to get to know other incoming freshmen, form new friendships, create lasting memories, and discover new outdoor experiences before their West Georgia journey begins.

    JULY 31 - AUGUST 5, 2017

    $150 (Price includes food, transportation, guides, permits, equipment and swag)


    Benefits of Program

    Multiple days of outdoor adventure (Backpacking, Canoeing, Camping, Rafting)
    Move into Residence Hall early
    Establish friendships before first day of classes

    Schedule of Activities (times subject to change)
    July 31 / Move into Res Hall (12-5pm) / Pre-Trip Banquet 6pm / Evening Activity / Pre-Trip Meeting
    August 1 / Leave for Trip Destinations
    August 2-4 / Backpack, Camp, Swim, Explore, Raft, Zip Line
    August 5 / Return to UWG by Noon / Debrief / Equipment Return

    For more information, please email wgo@westga.edu

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  • Adventure Trips

    Adventure Trips




    How to Register for Trips:

    Online/by credit card: go to myrec.westga.edu and click on “courses/trips”.  From there, select “West Georgia Outdoors” (on the left side) and the trip you want (in the drop down menu).  Click “Register Now” and follow the prompts. 

    In Person/by cash or check: Come visit the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) in the Campus Center during our normal, open hours and one of our friendly staff can help set you up. Please bring exact cash or a check for in-person payments. 

    Refund Policy

    All trip registrations close one week before the start date of the trip or event.  Trip registration will be open until midnight.  In the event of a trip cancellation due to weather or enrollment, a full refund will be issued to all previously registered participants. All registrants are subject to a full refund if it is requested before five (5) days before trip departure.  In order to receive a full refund, participants fill out this refund form.

    Any requests made after five (5) days before trip departure will not receive a refund and will forfeit their trip payment.  Questions may be directed to Mark Henley at mhenley@westga.edu or 678-839-0660.

    Want more information or to give feedback? Like us on our Facebook (@WGOutdoors), follow us on Instagram (@wgoutdoors) or email us at wgo@westga.edu.


  • Climbing Wall

    West Georgia Outdoors' Climbing Wall offers UWG students and UREC members an alternative way to exercise and socialize, for free!  Located in the Campus Center, the climbing wall measures 48 feet tall, and can be used by climbers of all skill levels (no experience necessary). Climbers have the option to boulder, top rope, or lead climb. 


    Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

    For more information, please contact Mark Henley at 678-839-0660 or mhenley@westga.edu.

  • Outdoor Recreation Center

    Want to create your own adventure? For excursions big and small, our Outdoor Recreation Center offers equipment at low cost for UWG students and UREC members. Check out our complete list of rental items and prices, or make an appointment with Mark Henley at wgo@westga.edu or 678-839-0660 for more information. 

    Where is the Outdoor Recreation Center? 

    Located on the second floor of the Campus Center (in the back gym), the Outdoor Recreation Center is the hub for all things Outdoor Recreation-related. Stop by with any questions, to say hi, or to take a study break!

    How does renting equipment work? 

    Equipment can be reserved up to one week in advance, for your convenience. Stop by the Outdoor Recreation Center, or call us during our operating hours to place your reservation. Checking out equipment can be done on the spot as well! All you need is an ID, to know what you want, and payment for the rental (cash or check). We can rent equipment out for one day, or up to one week!*

    Please feel free to contact our Outdoor Recreation Center at 678-839-5359 or at wgo@westga.edu

    *Please note that late fees apply. Failure to return equipment after three days will result in a replacement cost, as well as a hold on your university account. 

    Equipment Rental Semester Sales:

    Bike Package: Helmet, bike, lock ($5/day)

    bikepackageimageSolo Paddle Package: Kayak, SUP, life jacket, paddle ($8/day)

    solopaddlepackageWith-a-friend water package: Canoe, 2 life jackets, 2 paddles ($12/day)

    friendwaterpackageCamping-for-two package: 2-person tent, 2 sleeping bags, 2 sleeping pads, 2 headlamps ($15/day)