Rice Outdoor Programs and Education

Welcome to Rice Outdoor Programs and Education (ROPE), your source for outdoor adventures at Rice University! ROPE provides you the opportunity to explore the outdoors through trips and classes and equipment rentals to support your personal outdoor pursuits. Visit our Outdoor Adventure Center for more information about our services and take advantage of our resources to plan your next outing. Adventure awaits you outdoors!

Equipment Rentals

The Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) manages all equipment rentals for ROPE. We offer a diverse line of equipment for a variety of recreational activities including camping, backpacking, surfing and canoeing. We have knowledgeable staff on hand as well as other resources including guidebooks, instructional videos, and maps that can help you plan your next adventure. Rental service is only available to recreation center members.

Adventure Trips and Registration

Whether you are new to the area or have lived in Texas your entire life, let ROPE lead your next outdoor adventure. ROPE offers a variety of trips each semester that are designed for participants of all experience levels. All registrations include transportation, meals on trail, equipment rentals, and guided facilitation from our Outdoor Trip Leaders. Trips are open to all university students, faculty, and staff. Come adventure with us!

Friday Night Climb

Looking for something to jazz up your Friday evenings? ROPE organizes Friday night indoor climbing trips to Texas Rock Gym! Bouldering and top-rope climbing are available, and all skill levels are welcome and accommodated.


Join the R.O.P.E. staff as they provide information for beginner outdoor enthusiasts to expert adventurers on various topics including: wilderness first aid, Leave No Trace environmental ethics, rock climbing, basic camping skills, backcountry cooking, and more.


Become an Outdoor Adventure Supervisor or a ROPE Trip Leader!