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In the Spotlight: Discovering the Power of Nature - A Guide to Stanford Recreation and Wellness

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It's easy to get caught up in the daily grind of classes, homework, and extracurricular activities. Did you know that getting outdoors and connecting with nature can have a profound impact on your physical and mental health? Stanford Recreation and Wellness's Adventure Programs (located in AOERC) offers a variety of activities and resources to help students explore the great outdoors and experience the power of nature.


Reaping the Benefits of Nature

Of course, the benefits of getting outdoors go beyond physical exercise. Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood, and enhance creativity. Even a short walk outside can help clear your mind and boost your productivity. Make time for outdoor recreation, and you'll find that it's a powerful tool for maintaining your mental and emotional well-being.

Getting Outdoors with Stanford Recreation and Wellness 

If you're not sure where to begin, consider signing up for one of Stanford Adventure Programs guided outdoor trips. These trips are led by experienced staff members who can show you the best spots for hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, and more. Not only will you have a great time, but you'll also learn new skills and meet other students who share your passion for the outdoors.

Did you know you can rent equipment from Stanford Outdoor Center? From tents and sleeping bags to kayaks and climbing shoes, they have everything you need to plan your next adventure. Plus, they offer expert advice and guidance to help you choose the right gear and plan your trip.

In addition to outdoor activities, Stanford Recreation and Wellness offers a wide range of fitness classes, sports leagues, and wellness programs to help students stay healthy and active. Whether you're interested in yoga, dance, swimming, or martial arts, you'll find something that fits your interests and schedule.

For those who prefer to explore on their own, Stanford's campus is home to many beautiful natural areas, including the Dish Trail, Lake Lagunita, and the Arizona Cactus Garden. These areas offer opportunities for hiking, bird watching, and simply enjoying the beauty of nature. Take a break from studying and spend an afternoon or a weekend in one of these peaceful oases.

Getting outdoors and connecting with nature is an essential part of maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. So why not take a break from the hustle and bustle of campus life and discover the beauty of the natural world? Your mind and body will thank you.

Written by: Edward Tran, Class of 2023 and Roxanne Corbin, Assistant Director of Marketing, Stanford Recreation and Wellness


Stanford Resources

  • Equipment Rentals
    • Stanford affiliates and members alike are welcome to rent from our equipment rental services at the AOERC Outdoor Center. The Outdoor Center has what you need to keep you going on your trip or vacation, from tents and backpacks to paddleboards and kayaks. Whether you are looking for gear to enjoy some easy hikes in the area or something more adventurous, you'll find all the equipment you need at great prices.
  • Outdoor Education
  • Adventure Classes and Clinics
    • Looking to improve your skills and knowledge in the great outdoors? Look no further - sign up for one of our Outdoor Clinics. Outdoor Clinics can help you learn various skills such as Map and Compass Basics, Intro to Thru-Hiking, Build Your Own Med Kit, and High Angle Photography. 

Additional Resources

  • Weekend Sherpa
    • A weekly email newsletter that brings the outdoors to your inbox. Every Thursday, Weekend Sherpa sends you fresh ideas and information on where to explore in California.
  • AllTrails
    • AllTrails was founded on the idea that we’re all made better by spending time in nature. AllTrails is a fitness and travel mobile app used in outdoor recreational activities. AllTrails is commonly used for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, climbing and snow sports.