With in-person events being canceled, some students feel trapped and have been searching for alternative ways to stay active. 

Even though the Outdoor Program looks different this semester due to campus COVID-19 safety guidelines, the program is still helping students become more involved in recreational activities. 

The rock climbing wall at the Rec, rental equipment such as climbing gear or camping gear and trips to scenic locations are all offered to students. 

The Outdoor Program is responsible for backpacking trips to the Grand Canyon and the Lost Coast of California and overnight trips that could include backpacking, kayaking, snowshoeing and hiking. The program opens opportunities for students to meet others, and allows them to stay active, see more of Boise and get off of campus.

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Purpose: To give students ideas on ways they can get off of campus while still following Boise State guidelines.

Skills: To reach out to unknown sources and search for information as well as learn about activities on campus students can partake in.

When freshman criminal justice major Maddy Kirby found out that sorority recruitment for fall semester was going to be held virtually, she was concerned that it would not live up to her expectations. 

“With recruitment being online, it definitely made the experience completely different than expected,” Kirby said. “I think there are always preconceived notions of what it is going to look like, and it was hard to have those standards met over Zoom.” 

Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines still recommend limiting gatherings to 10 people or less and to maintain physical distancing in Boise. Causing nearly all campus events, from sports events to student involvement events, to either be cancelled or moved to a virtual format.

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Purpose: To let others know how sorority recruitment changed in order to keep students safe.

Skills: Researching guidelines as well as information from the CDC. Reaching out to people out the normal for an article.

College students everywhere have had a difficult time finding things to do during the pandemic. The City of Boise has a lot of activities to offer for students who are looking for ways to get out as the weather gets colder and the fall season sets in. Stay up to date on events you can attend! 

Linder Farms:

Linder Farms is Boise State’s official corn maze. Here you can enjoy activities such as roaming the corn maze, picking out the perfect pumpkin or going around on a hayride. Linder Farms will be open until Oct. 31. Enjoy it while you can, as this will be the last year that they are open.

The Old Penitentiary – Paranormal Prison

If you are interested in the paranormal, the Old Penitentiary has the perfect event for you. The Old Penitentiary is putting on a showing of their film “Paranormal Prison.” This film was recorded at the penitentiary, where two paranormal investigators stayed over night. The film will be shown Oct. 9, 10, 23 and 24.

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Purpose: To let students know of how they can stay active and get out even though the weather is cooling down.

Skills: Researching and sorting through events that are taking place in the community.

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