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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
Mon - Thu: 7:30am - 6:00pm

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.  

Please contact Kelly Blanco for information about this program.

Upcoming Activities


Kayaking - Saturday, April 30th

Kayak down the sparsely inhabited stretch of the Guadalupe River.  This reach of the Guadalupe River is lined with an abundance of mature trees and a spectacular mix of limestone cliffs and shelves.  The water levels are fairly low which makes for a great beginner paddle!

Skill level
Beginner – Experienced, however, you must know how to swim and be physically fit! 

Depart campus at 8am, arrive back around 5pm. Transportation is provided.

Suggestions on what to bring:
Day pack(something you don't mind getting wet!), minimum 2 liters of water, lunch and /or snacks, sun protection, water shoes or shoes you don’t mind getting wet (must be wearing shoes!), and a change of clothes.  A life jacket will be provided or you can bring your own.



 To sign up

You must be a current NVC student to participate.  Sign-up will begin April 11th.  Please bring your payment to the Student Life office in HH-109.   Office hours M-F 8am-5pm. 


 Bianca Ramirez



Zip Lining - Friday, April 8th

Wimberly Zipline

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.

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

Restrictions and Recommendations:

1. Our weight limits are: women-200 lbs. and men-250 lbs. maximum and a minimum weight of 70 lbs. is required.
2. Participants must be physically able to hike one half mile through uneven and uphill terrain.
5. No pregnant women allowed.
6. 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.
7. Persons with neck, back, joint, or heart problems, or other serious physical illness or mental condition are advised not to participate.

Transportation and all equipment are provided

Skill Level: Beginner - Experienced

Time: Participants will depart campus at 6:30am, arrive back around 3pm

What to bring: water, closed toe shoes or hiking boots, camera, sun protection

Cost: $45

To sign up: You must be a current NVC student to participate. Sign-up will begin March 7th. Please bring your payment to the Student Life office in HH 109. Office hours M-F   8am-5pm. 


For questions, contact:

Nathalie Mai Kraft
Phone#: 210-486-4080


Horseback Riding - February 12th

 Horseback Riding/Day at the Ranch, that includes your meals, horseback riding, storytelling and a hay ride. It's a great way to spend a few hours and relax.  We encourage you to bring your bathing suit and jump in our outdoor pool to cool off, or our indoor pool, which is heated in the cooler months. We also have a deck-covered outdoor jacuzzi to soothe sore muscles.  And, there is a great play room with fun and games

Skill level
Experienced needed

Depart campus at 8am, arrive back around 10pm. Transportation is provided.

Suggestions on what to bring:              
  Sun protection, sun glasses, and swim wear.



 To sign up

You must be a current NVC student to participate.  Sign-up will begin February 1st.  Please bring your payment to the Student Life office in HH-109.   Office hours M-F 8am-5pm. 


 Bianca Ramirez



Huisache Hall

Room# 109

Hours of Operation


MAY 30-JULY 31  



(Closed Fridays & Saturdays)  


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Kelly Blanco, Coordinator
(210) 486-4010