Outdoor Recreation LLC

Community Description

Outdoor Rec PhotoStudents with a passion and interest for the great outdoors have an opportunity to participate in the Outdoor Recreation Living Learning Community. Students in this community will be enrolled in Parks, Tourism, & Recreation Management (PTRM 141Y): National Parks and American Culture, a 3-credit course that satisfies the Democracy and Citizenship general education requirement, live on the same floor in Aber Hall, and participate in outdoor activities through Campus Recreation's Outdoor Program

Being a part of this community, students will be invited to participate in backpacking trips with their neighbors, take class together, and attend focused floor programs with other students interested in the outdoors.

Programs & Events

Students camping in the BlackfootPrograms for this community have included:

  • Hiking the 'M' Trail and the Kim Williams Trail
  • Backpacking trip in the Rattlesnake Wilderness Area
  • Summit to Stuart Peak
  • Rafting down the Clark Fork River
  • Camping trip along the Blackfoot River
  • Learn to slackline as a group
  • Attended a lecture concerning the state of Wilderness and participated in a Q & A with Congressman Pat Williams
  • Watched a film at the Roxy about female skiers and meet a professional freeskier

Housing Location

The Outdoor Recreation Living Learning Community is located in Aber Hall. Male residents live on the 3rd floor and female residents live on the 8th floor. 

How to Apply

Faculty InstructorsTo apply for the Outdoor Recreation LLC, please select this community in the online housing application. There is not a separate application to be a member of the Outdoor Recreation LLC; however, students will be registered for the Parks, Tourism, & Recreation Management (PTRM 141Y): National Parks and American Culture course before orientation in the summer. If a student is not registered for the course associated with the Living Learning Community, they may be removed from the community.

To Change Application Preferences:

Prior to April 1st, if a student has already applied to housing and is interested in this community, they can update their LLC preferences in their application in their myHousingPortal as long as it is before room assignments for the following fall have begun.

Room assignments for the following fall generally begin in April of the preceding spring.  Once assignments begin, you are not able to update your application yourself. 

  • If you are assigned a room - changing your application preferences will not change your room assignment. If you are interested in moving into the LLC after you have already been assigned a room for the fall semester you will need to sign up on the summer waitlist which will be available in your myHousingPortal. The summer waitlist generally opens on May 1st.
  • If you have not been assigned - you can contact Casey Cronin to see if we can update your LLC preferences before you are assigned a room. Please note that once room assignments begin in April they are done on a continuous basis. If you are wanting to update your preferences and have not been assigned, contact our office right away so we can try to update your request before the next round of assignments are made. 

Contact for Additional Information

For additional information about the Outdoor Recreation Living Learning Community, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Metcalf, Assistant Professor for Parks, Tourism, & Recreation Management, Elizabeth Fricke, Senior Assistant Director for the Outdoor Program in Campus Recreation, John Nugent, Assistant Director of UM Housing, or Steve Thompson, Director of Campus Recreation.