Palouse Outdoor Festival

Saturday, September 23

The Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) at Washington State University is holding its 4th Annual Palouse Outdoor Festival on Saturday, September 23rd from 10:00a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Wawawai County Park with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.

This is your opportunity to try rock climbing, kayaking, or stand up paddle boarding for free! On Saturday, come down to Wawawai County Park where you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at these amazing activities. There will also be great clinics for you to take advantage of, such as back-country cooking, LNT certification, and SUP yoga. In advance of National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands, participants will have the opportunity to beautify the areas of Granite Point and Wawawai County Park.

This FREE event, hosted in partnership with the University of Idaho’s Outdoor Program, the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), Hyperspud, Backcountry Lark, B & L Bicycles, and White Pine Gear Exchange and Fly Shop is intended to engage participants in outdoor recreation, promote environmental stewardship, showcase local resources, and foster community across the Palouse.

Please Bring a Lunch and Snacks

 Leave No Trace Principle #1:  Plan ahead and prepare. 

  • Food will not be provided or available to purchase. Pack yourself a lunch, snacks, and plenty of water for the day so you can enjoy a picnic with friends and family in between activities.
  • Weather happens. Bring appropriate layers to help you manage your personal micro-climate.

All events are FREE, so please come and try something new! Look for a registration table at the Wawawai County Park. For more information about this event, please call 509.335.2651.  Activities marked with an asterisk (*) may not be suitable for youth. Reasonable accommodations are available with adequate prior notification.  Call Joanne Greene or Jeff Elbracht at 509.335.9668 for accommodation information.

2017 Shuttles

Shuttles will be offered this year for a $5 registration fee.  Two shuttles will be leaving the ORC lobby at 9:00 a.m. on September 23. You will arrive to the park shortly after registration opens.  There, you will have the opportunity to sign up for programs you wish to participate in. The shuttles will leave the park at 3:00 p.m. the same day. You can register for a shuttle here.  

2016 Schedule of Events:

Time

Activity

Facilitated By

Duration

10:00 a.m.

Kayak Tour of the Snake River*

WSU-ORC

2 hour

10:00 a.m.

Rock Climbing at Granite Point

WSU-ORC

2 hours

10:00 a.m.

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga*

WSU-ORC

1 hour

10:00 a.m.

Granite Point Restoration*

UIOP & WSU-CCE

1 hour

11:00 a.m.

Cycling Adventures on the Palouse:

Intro to Bike Packing & Touring

B & L Bicycles and Fun Bags 4 Bikes

1 hour

11:00 a.m.

Backcountry Cooking 101 Clinic

Hyperspud Sports

1 hour

11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Inflatable Kayak & Paddleboard Demos

WSU-ORC & UIOP

Drop In

12:00 p.m.

Kayak Tour of the Snake River

UIOP

2 hours

12:00 p.m.

Fly Fishing Casting Clinic

White Pine Gear Exchange and Fly Shop

1.5 hour

12:00 p.m.

Stand Up Paddleboard Tour*

WSU-ORC

1.5 hour

1:00 p.m.

Outdoor Yoga

Backcountry Lark

1 hour

1:00 p.m.

Rock Climbing at Granite Point

WSU-ORC

2 hours

1:00 p.m.

Kayak Tour of the Snake River*

WSU-ORC

2 hours

2:00 p.m.

Intro to Slacklining

WSU-ORC

1 hour

2:00 p.m.

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga*

WSU-ORC

1 hour

2:00 p.m.

Leave No Trace Awareness Hike

WSU-ORC

1 hour