Stanford Adventure Program


…is a student-operated Voluntary Student Organization (VSO) that offers outdoors trips, courses, and clinics each quarter and over intersession breaks for a variety of skill levels. All experiences are broadly open to Stanford students who meet minimum prerequisites. All SAP experiences are offered at subsidized prices for students through the support of Special Fees funding. Participation is open to faculty, staff and other affiliates on a space available basis.

To find out more about what SAP will be offering for the upcoming quarter, click here or come in to the Outdoor Center.

Outdoor Education Program

The purpose of the Outdoor Education Program is to develop visionary outdoor educational leaders who are prepared to be agents of change in the world, whether in a wilderness context or a context where these transferable skills are implemented.

Outreach Program

The Stanford Outdoors Outreach Program (SOOP) is a student group that take high schoolers from East Palo Alto on hiking, camping, and backpacking trips to give them an opportunity to experience the natural world that they ordinarily would not have. SOOP educates youth about hiking, eating, and sleeping in the outdoors and empowers them to teach these skills to their peers. Most of SOOP’s excursions consist of weekend-long backpacking trips to nearby locations such as Henry Coe, Big Basin, Natural Bridges, Point Reyes, Jasper Ridge, and Desolation Wilderness.

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Each year POWderbound leases a large cabin in the Tahoe area for student use. The cabin is run similar to a hostel with community meals. There are several avenues for participation from becoming a seasons pass holder to paying per night. The hope is that you will come up and enjoy a few days on the slopes without the stress of travel from the bay and back in the same day.

Outdoors Council

The Stanford Outdoors Council is the governing board of the Stanford Adventure Program. These dedicated outdoor enthusiasts operate all SAP programs and oversight of the common adventure process. To learn more about the council, click here.