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Virtual Outdoor Adventures

​​​​​​​​​​​​We know you're​"staying-at-home" but that doesn't mean you can't take some virtual journeys afar or some local journeys in your neighborhood. Check out some #OPTOUTSIDE offerings below, even if you access them from inside!!


This yoga retreat is a full-day experience, combining elements of yoga, the outdoors, and self-care. The intention is to make space to reconnect with our bodies, each other, connect with nature, practice radical self-care, and set intentions as we transition from this spring quarter. Join the Outdoor Adventure Program and Vero Maynez, Power Vinyasa Instructor at The Ray and MFA Acting Candidate at The Theatre School at DePaul, for this special event curated to honor you!

Start the day with an individual early morning “mindful outdoor walk,”meet mid-day for class (yoga, mindfulness, and self-care), and finish the day with sunset journaling. You are invited to register here for the event; you'll receive an emailed Zoom link after your attendance has been confirmed (must use your DePaul email to join)!

Daily Itinerary:

- Early Morning “Mindful Outdoor Walk” – 30 minutes completed prior to 9:30 am

- Mid-Day Yoga, Mindfulness, Self-Care Class (Zoom) – 10 am– Noon CST

- Sunset/Evening Reflection and Journaling – Evening

Days available to join (each day, same itinerary).  Open to first fifteen (15) confirmed participants per day:

- Saturday, May 23; register by Thursday, May 21

- Saturday, May 30; register by Thursday, May 28

FREE and open to all DePaul students, faculty, and staff. 

To register, sign up through our online registration or directly email for more information.

Our friends at Oregon State University are running a series of "Remote Outdoor Programs" designed to help continue outdoor education and refreshing skills, even while we are "sheltering in place." Register for Dutch Oven Basics, Prepping your Backpack, Basics of Primitive Skills, and more.  Programs are offered on a variety of days and times. For more information on all of the available programs and offerings, check out their site HERE

Missing the outdoors or wanting to go explore?  Here are some ways to adventure from your own home!

The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks

Teaming up with “Google Arts and Culture,” five different national parks have created virtual tours that allow you to explore and experience the parks.  Travel through hoodoo’s and gaze at the Milky Way in Utah’s Bryce Canyon, kayak through icebergs in Alaska’s Kenai Fjords, explore a lava tube in Hawi’i Volcanoes, “see” life as a bat through New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns, or swim through the third-largest coral reef in the world in Florida’s Dry Tortugas. 

Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming

Explore and learn about a number of the main attractions in the park and find pointers to plan a future visit View the park through a number of live webcams, including one that will show you “Old Faithful” erupting.

Rocky Mountain National Park’s “Wildlife Sounds Index”, Colorado

Need background sounds to bring you to the outdoors? Check out the “Wildlife Sounds Index” through Rocky Mountain National Park. The index covers anything from animals to various soundscapes to various parts of the park.

Trek the Grand Canyon - Arizona

Click your way through the famous Bright Angel Trail and see the canyon walls in all of their glory. Traveling from the South Kaibab trailhead down to Phantom Ranch, this trek allows you to explore the trail yourself.