The Outdoor Recreation Leadership program and the Explorers' Club are sponsoring trail work days every Thursday, beginning February 11 through April 15, 2021.  A trail manager will be onsite from 12:30-4pm and you can volunteer for all or part of this time. The Falcon Park is located at the top of campus.  Look for the Outdoor Recreation Leadership/Explorers Club flag.

This is dirty work and requires sturdy footwear, clothing that is appropriate for the outdoors and the work.  Volunteers will be walking and working on uneven terrain, using trail tools, and carrying limbs, logs, rocks and garbage.  Gloves will be provided, and volunteers are encouraged to bring their own water bottle and energy snack.


For more information, please contact Laura Bennett, lbennett18@students.fairmontstate.edu

If your group or club would like to set up a volunteer day other than Thursday, please contact Laura.  

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Given West Virginia’s unique geographic and cultural identity as the only state completely within the Appalachian region, our lifestyles, economic opportunity, education, and recreation are intimately linked with the outdoors. At Fairmont State University we offer many programs and opportunities for students to develop personal identity and an appreciation for West Virginia.

​The ORL program works closely with the Explorers' Club on campus. This collaboration provides an outlet for students to continue to experience outdoor recreation in a safe and organized manner. The Explorers' Club provides students with leadership opportunities, networking, skill development, and community service opportunities that help improve and increase recreation access in West Virginia.


Members of the Explorers' Club have access to outdoor gear rental.  The Club has rock climbing bouldering crash pads, rock climbing shoes, tents, stoves, backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, cook pots for very reasonal prices.  Please contact Jan Kiger at jan.kiger@fairmontstate.edu for information regarding rental of outdoor gear. 


The Club provides opportunities for many outdoor experiences.

  • Caving
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rappelling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Downhill Ski  & Snowboard Trip
  • Hiking
  • Slacklining
  • Kayaking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Community Service

Meetings take place early in the semester and are usually Tuesdays, 12:30-1pm.