Palouse Outdoor Festival

Saturday, September 23

The Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) at Washington State University held 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 was an opportunity to try rock climbing, kayaking, or stand up paddle boarding for free! On Saturday, students came down to Wawawai County Park where they had the opportunity to try their hand at these amazing activities. There was also great clinics for them 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 had 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, NRS, Backcountry Lark, B & L Bicycles, Paradise Creek Bicycles, Palouse Clearwater Search and Rescue, WSU Environmental Sustainability Committee, WSU Outting Club, Friends of the Clearwater, was intended to engage participants in outdoor recreation, promote environmental stewardship, showcase local resources, and foster community across the Palouse.

Students brought their own lunch and snacks.

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

  • Food was provided or available to purchase. Students packed themselves a lunch, snacks, and plenty of water for the day so they could enjoy a picnic with friends and family in between activities.
  • Weather happens. Students brought appropriate layers to help them manage their personal micro-climate.

All events were FREE, so students came to try something new! Upon arrival, they looked for a registration table at the Wawawai County Park. To learn more information about the event, students were able to call 509.335.2651.  Activities marked with an asterisk (*) were not be suitable for youth. Reasonable accommodations were available with adequate prior notification.  In this case, individuals could call Joanne Greene or Jeff Elbracht at 509.335.9668 for accommodation information.

2017 Shuttles

Shuttles were offered this year for a $5 registration fee.  Two shuttles left the ORC lobby at 9:00 a.m. on September 23. They arrived to the park shortly after registration opened.  There, individuals had the opportunity to sign up for programs they wished to participate in. The shuttles left the park at 3:00 p.m. the same day. Students could register for a shuttle by clicking on shuttle registration. 

2017 Schedule of Events:



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10:00am Kayak Tour of the Snake River* WSU-ORC 2 hours
10:00am Rock Climbing at Granite Point WSU-ORC 2 hours
10:00am Granite Point Restoration* UIOP & WSU-ORC 1 hour
10:00am-2:00pm Stand Up Paddleboard Demos NRS Drop in
10:00am-3:00pm Slacklining WSU-ORC Drop in
11:00am Backcountry Cooking 101 Clinic WSU-ORC 1 hour
11:00am CyclingAdventures on the Palouse: Intro to Bike Packing and Touring B&L Bicycles 1 hour
11:00am Choosing a Kayak WSU-ORC .5 hours
12:00pm Kayak Tour of the Snake River* UIOP 2 hours
12:00pm Fly Fishing Casting Demo Backcountry Lark 1.5 hours
12:00pm Stand Up Paddleboard Tour* WSU-ORC 1.5 hours
12:00pm Packing Your Boat for a Kayak Tour WSU-ORC 0.5 hour
1:00pm E-Bike Demo Paradise Creek Bicycles 1 hour
1:00pm Rock Climbing at Granite Point WSU-ORC 2 hours
1:00pm Kayak Tour of the Snake River* WSU-ORC 2 hours
1:00pm-3:00pm Kayak Demo’s WSU-ORC Drop In
2:00pm Celebrate Bicycles! Palouse Bicycle Collective 1 hour
2:00pm Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga* WSU-ORC 1 hour
2:00pm Scenic Hike & Leave No Trace Awareness WSU-ORC 1 hour