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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
210-486-4513 
mailto:nvc-library@alamo.edu
Mon - Thur: 7:30am to 8:30pm
Fri: 7:30am to 4:00pm
Sat: 8:30am to 2:30pm
Sun: CLOSED 
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About Outdoor Pursuits (OP)

OP offers a collection of diverse, creative, outdoor experiential education adventures. We will strive to get students outside, interact, disconnect, belong, release stress, and to explore the beautiful South Texas areas, from San Antonio’s small parks to the surrounding Hill Country. OP will provide outdoor and social experiences emphasizing environmental awareness, outdoor education, challenge, personal development, managed risk, a sense of community, and fun!

Every adventure is unique, but you can always expect that an OP trip will:

  • Provide an opportunity to develop new skills
  • Enhance appreciation of the wilderness
  • Teach how to adapt to new and challenging situations
  • Provide a change from "the everyday" routine
  • Create opportunities to build relationships

Some OP events will require payment in order to hold your spot. We can accept cash (please bring correct change) or check only.

 


Upcoming Activities

Windsurfing on the North Padre National Seashore - Friday, September 22nd

Enjoy a day of windsurfing and relaxation on the Padre Island National Seashore. This a fun and exciting water sport!  This trip includes a windsurfing lesson and 4 hours of casual windsurfing and fun on the beach.   

Check it out here http://worldwinds.net/

Transportation, instruction, and equipment will be provided. No experience necessary!

Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

Physical requirements: Must be able to swim.

Time: Participants will depart from campus at 7:30am, arrive back to campus around 7pm

Suggestions on what to bring: Swim wear, sun protection, sunglasses, at least 2 liters of water, snacks, packed lunch or money to purchase lunch after the event, towel, and a change of clothes.

Cost: $35 (regularly priced at $65 per person)

To sign up:  You must be a current NVC student to participate. First, RSVP for the event in the Student LIfe portal in OrgSync. There is an OrgSync link at the top right of this page.  Then, bring your payment to the Student Life office in HH 109 within 48 hrs of your RSVP. Office hours are  M-F 8qm -5pm, Thursday 8am-7pm. Only cash, money order or check made out to Northwest Vista College accepted. NO CHANGE AVAILABLE.

NVC Faculty and Staff are encouraged to place their name on our waiting list. If there is room one week before event, you are welcome to join us!

For questions or to be placed on the wait list, contact:

Bianca Ramirez

bramirez154@alamo.edu

210.486.4526

 

 

Rock Climbing at Reimer's Ranch- Saturday, March 24th

The Central Texas rock-climbing community views Reimer's Ranch as a destination with world class rock climbing. This pristine parkland, open space and reserve land in western Travis County with almost 3 miles of continuous frontage along the Pedernales River .  Check it out here  http://rock-about.com/

  Transportation, lessons, and all equipment are provided. No experience necessary!

Skill level: Beginner to advanced

Physical requirements: There will be a short hike to the climbing area. Must have the physical ability to hike over uneven and hilly terrain for one mile each way.

Time: Departing from campus at 6am and returning back to campus around 7pm

Suggestions on what to bring: Sun protection, sunglasses, hat for hiking, at least 2 liters of water, packed lunch and snacks.

What to wear:   comfortable clothes, not too baggy or too tight. Dress in layers, it may be cool in the morning and warm up as the day continues.

Cost: $45 (regularly priced at $99 per person)

To sign up: You must be a current NVC student to participate. Frist, RSVP in the event through OrgSync in the Student Life portal.  Then make your payment within 48 hrs of your RSVP in the Student Life Office in HH-109. Office hours are M-F 8am-5pm.  Only cash, money order, or check made out to Northwest Vista College accepted.       NO CHANGE AVAILABLE.

NVC Faculty and Staff are encouraged to place their name on our waiting list. If there is room one week before event, you are welcome to join us!

For questions or to put your name on the wait list, contact:

Kelly BLanco
kblanco@alamo.edu 
Phone#: 210-486-4010


 

 

 

 

 

Horseback Riding/Day At The Rancho Cortez Dude Ranch- Feb 23rd

Join us at Rancho Cortez Dude Ranch! This day trip is full of fun at the ranch.

  What is Included with this trip?

  • Dinner
  • 1 hour Trail Ride
  • Learn to throw a lasso
  • Outdoor & Indoor heated pool for swimming
  • Western entertainment
  • Help feed the longhorn cattle
  • Hot Tub
  • Hay Wagon ride
  • Campfire and roasting marshmallows

Check it out here: http://www.ranchocortez.com/

Transportation, instruction, and equipment will be provided. No experience necessary!

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Skill level: Beginner to Advanced

 

Physical Requirements: You must meet the required weight of 260 pounds to ride the horse on the trail rides. This weight limit does not exclude you from the other activities scheduled at the ranch.

Time: Participants will depart campus at 11am, arrive back around9pm 

Suggestions on what to bring:  Refillable water bottle or at least2liters of water, board shorts or bathing suit, sandals, towel, sun protection, sunglasses and/or hat, change of clothes.


Cost: $
55 per person (regularly priced at $99 per person)

To sign up: You must be a current NVC student to participate. First, RSVP for the event in the Student Life portal in OrgSync. There is an OrgSync link at the top right of this page. Then bring your payment within 48 hrs to the Student Life office in HH-109. Office hours M-F8am-5pm, Thursdays 8am-7pm. Only cash, money order, or check made out to Northwest Vista College accepted. NO CHANGE AVAILABLE.

NVC Faculty and Staff are encouraged to place their name on our waiting list. If there is room one week before event, you are welcome to join us!

For questions or to be added to the wait list, contact:

Kelly Blanco
kblanco@alamo.edu 
210-486-4010

 

 

 

 

 

Wimberley Zipline Adventure - Friday, April 6th

Prepare for highflying fun as you harness up and glide through the air on this thrilling, action packed zipline adventure. Experience a rush as you soar over canyons and creeks with breathtaking 15-mile views of the Wimberley Valley. Your adventure will begin with trained guides leading you on an educational walking tour. You'll learn about the local ecosystem of plants and wildlife, local history, and other interesting Wimberley area facts. Your adventure continues as you experience Texas Hill Country beauty as never before while soaring through a series of TEN zip line crossings. Check it out here   http://www.wimberleyzipline.com/

Your Wimberley Zipline Adventure will last approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours. The thrilling finale will leave you screaming for more!

 

Transportation, lessons, and all equipments are provided. No experience necessary!

 

Restrictions (set by Wimberley Zipline Adventure):

    - Weight limits are: women-200 lbs. and men-250 lbs. maximum and a minimum weight of 70 lbs. is required.

    - Participants must be physically able to hike one half mile through uneven and uphill - terrain.

    - Participants must wear closed toed shoes and should wear long walking shorts, capri or long pants. No extra baggy clothes, short-shorts, large jewelry or smoking allowed on tours. Long hair must be tied back.

    - Persons who are pregnant, have neck, back, joint, or heart problems, or other serious physical illness or mental condition cannot participate in this activity

 

Skill Level: Beginner through Experienced. Must meet the physical requirements as stated above.

Time: Participants will depart campus at 6:30am, arrive back around 5pm

Suggestions on what to bring: water, camera, and sun protection. Must meet the clothing requirements as stated above. Bring a packed lunch or money to buy lunch.

Cost: $40 per person (regularly priced at $90 per person)

To sign up: (Sign-up will begin Jan. 29th.)  

o   You must be a current NVC student to participate. First, RSVP for the event in the Student LIfe portal in OrgSync. There is an OrgSync link at the top right of this page.  Then, bring your payment to the Student Life office in HH 109 within 48 hrs of your RSVP. Office hours are  M-F 8qm -5pm, Thursday 8am-7pm. Only cash, money order or check made out to Northwest Vista College accepted. NO CHANGE AVAILABLE.

 

NVC Faculty and Staff are encouraged to place their name on our waiting list. If there is room one week before event, you are welcome to join us!

For questions, contact:

Nathalie Mai Kraft
ndiaz41@alamo.edu
210-486-4080
 

 

 

Austin In A Nutshell Bike Tour- Friday, March 9th

Join us on a two-hour bike tour of Austin TX! The tour includes all stops from Peace, Love & Zilker tour as well as our majestic Capitol building, the newly constructed boardwalk, Historic South Congress. And discover insider spots that make Austin such a varied and vibrant city.
Hope you can join us!

Check it out here: http://www.bartonspringsbikerental.com/index.htm

Transportation is provided. No experience necessary!  

Skill Level: Must know how to ride a bike.

Time: Participants will depart campus at 7:30 am, arrive back around 6 pm

Suggestions on what to bring: Camera, sun protection, sunglasses, snacks, a packed lunch or money to buy lunch, active clothing, and teenie shoes.

Cost: $25

To sign up: Sign-up will begin January 29th.

You must be a current NVC student to participate. First, RSVP for the event in the Student LIfe portal in OrgSync. There is an OrgSync link at the top right of this page.  Then, bring your payment to the Student Life office in HH 109 within 48 hrs of your RSVP. Office hours are  M-F 8qm -5pm, Thursday 8am-7pm. Only cash, money order or check made out to Northwest Vista College accepted. NO CHANGE AVAILABLE. 
 

NVC Faculty and Staff are encouraged to place their name on our waiting list. If there is room one week before the event, you are welcome to join us!

For questions, contact:  
Bianca Ramirez
bramirez154@alamo.edu
210-486-4526

Stand-up Paddle Boarding at Lady Bird Lake in Austin TX- Saturday, May 5th

Join us for a day out in Austin TX, on Lady Bird Lake! Stand-up paddle-boarding is a fun and relaxing water sport. It's very easy to learn and experience in the water.
Hope you can join us!

Check it out here: https://www.supatx.com/rentals/

Transportation is provided. No experience necessary!  

Skill Level: Must know how to swim.

Time: Participants will depart campus at 8 am, arrive back around 7 pm

Suggestions on what to bring: Sun protection, sunglasses, snacks, a packed lunch or money to buy lunch, swimwear, a towel, extra change of clothing, and water shoes.

Cost: $20

To sign up: Sign-up will begin January 29th.

You must be a current NVC student to participate. First, RSVP for the event in the Student LIfe portal in OrgSync. There is an OrgSync link at the top right of this page.  Then, bring your payment to the Student Life office in HH 109 within 48 hrs of your RSVP. Office hours are  M-F 8qm -5pm, Thursday 8am-7pm. Only cash, money order or check made out to Northwest Vista College accepted. NO CHANGE AVAILABLE. 

NVC Faculty and Staff are encouraged to place their name on our waiting list. If there is room one week before the event, you are welcome to join us!

For questions, contact:  
Bianca Ramirez
bramirez154@alamo.edu
210-486-4526

Location

Huisache Hall

Room# 109

Hours of Operation

General Hours of Operation:

Monday-Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Thursday: 8:00am-7:00pm

Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

First Sat. of the Month: 9:00am-1:00pm

Contacts

Kelly Blanco, Coordinator
Phone: 210-486-4010
Email: kblanco@alamo.edu

Bianca Ramirez, Activities Specialist
210-486-4526
bramirez154@alamo.edu

Nathalie Mai Kraft, Community Service Specialist
210-486-4080
ndiaz41@alamo.edu

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