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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can rent equipment from the Environmental Adventure Center-Rental Program?
    The EAC Rental Program is available to currently enrolled UW-Eau Claire students and faculty/staff. Equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis to UW-Eau Claire ID cardholders. All equipment rental and reservations must be made in person at the EAC, located in the Hilltop Recreation Center basement.

  • Who can sign up for the trips offered by the Environmental Adventure Center?
    The wide variety of trips offered by the EAC are available to currently enrolled UW-Eau Claire students and faculty/staff. Trip participation is usually limited to eight to eleven persons, to ensure a personalized experience and a close ratio of trip leaders to participants. Most trips require a mandatory pre-trip meeting where participants begin to know each other and prepare for the outing.

  • Must I provide my own equipment to go alone on a trip?
    The Environmental Adventure Center provides all the necessary outdoor equipment you will need to participate. All the equipment is top notch, and included in the cost of the trip. The trip cost also includes transportation, trip guides, camping permits, maps, and other essentials. The only extra cost is for food, which is discussed at the pre-trip meeting and shared by participants.

  • Where are some of the more popular areas in the Chippewa Valley that I can go to enjoy the outdoors?
    The UW-Eau Claire campus is surrounded by a wealth of activities areas. It starts right in our own back yard, where we have the beautiful Chippewa River flowing through campus, as well as the Chippewa River State Bike Trail, which crosses the campus and allows biking access for many miles north and west of the city. The campus is within easy driving distance of huge tracts of county forestland, which allows opportunities for camping and hiking. The opportunities for Environmental Adventure Center are not diminished in the winter - you may also enjoy easy access to numerous lakes, cross-country ski areas, and downhill ski/snowboard areas.

  • What other programs does Environmental Adventure Center offer?
    The EAC offers outdoor skill sessions, leadership training, environmental speakers on a wide variety of topics, and opportunities to become directly involved with the program by being employed as a rental clerk or student trip guide.