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Resources,Tips and Tricks

This page is a compilation of trips, tricks, and general resources which might be helpful for anyone interested in getting outdoors. Some of the information listed here is more important for someone looking to go on a small personal excursion where other stuff is more focused on how to help someone put on an event related to outdoor engagement. 

Additionally, if you are interested in getting more involved with outdoor engagement and education let us know! Contact the OOS's outdoor engagement intern and they will get back to you as soon as possible! 

Resources,Tips and Tricks

What should I wear to explore a prairie?

Prairies are a really cool place to explore, however most people are unsure of what to wear the first few times they go out in them.


Though prairies are mainly grass, they also have a lot of other plants in them that can scratch your legs and poke your feet.

For walking around on a prairie it's best to have;

  • Long pants

  • Boots with ankle support (hiking boots)

  • Brimmed hat (for sun protection)

  • Sunscreen and bug spray

  • Lots of water

It's also important to note you can get ticks while out in the prairie so you should do a tick check when you get back.​

Gear rentals:

The RFC has a ton of great outdoor equipment which you can rent as a student for really cheap!

For a full list of gear and prices click here!

If you have any questions, contact Brad Muckenhirn.

Clubs: Many student organizations do cool stuff related to the environment. Listed below are some of those and contact info for each!

MPIRG: Andrea Aaberg

Geology Club: Jordan Dahle

Organic Gardening Club (OGC): Abbey Dickhudt 

Vagabond and Explorers Guild (VEG): Erin Wilaby

Nordic Ski Club: Michael Medlyn

Downhill Ski Club: Amanda Hansmann

Want us to add your club? Just contact the outdoor engagement and education intern!

Need help planning outdoor related events?

Struggling to plan outdoor related events? For some helpful tools that we use check out this google drive folder!

Helpful links:


Help for planning a camping trip

Sample packing list

Sample meal plan

Finding places to get outdoors not in Morris:

Minnesota DNR recreation compass


Good places to buy camping gear:


Midwest Mountaineering


The outdoor engagement component of the Morris Model website was created by Sam Guida in the spring of 2018 for his Environmental Studies Senior Capstone capstone. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the project! 

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