The Outdoor Program at Eastern Oregon University began in the Fall of 1973 when co-curricular backpacking classes were offered and the first outdoor equipment was purchased. The equipment rental program started out with an inventory of four sleeping bags, four pairs of snowshoes, four backpacks, two tents, two stoves, and two climbing ropes. Since 1973 the program has continued to provide opportunities for the EOU community to learn about and explore the incredible natural environment surrounding La Grande.
Today the Outdoor Program, located in the Hoke Union Building (Room 102), oversees an equipment rental program that provides a wide range of outdoor adventure equipment at no cost to EOU students. The Outdoor Program also facilitates for-credit INTACT classes, the non-credit Outdoor Adventure Skills Clinic Series, guided trips, indoor rock climbing at the EOU Rock Wall and hosts an extensive outdoor adventure resource library.