Campus Recreation

Outdoor Leadership

The Office of Outdoor Leadership exists to maintain, reinforce, and augment the University’s mission to awaken, nurture, and empower students to ethical lives of service and leadership through the use of outdoor recreation and education. 

Short Term Trips/Day Activities

The Office of Outdoor Leadership plans numerous activities through the year on or close to campus. Some of these are day hikes to area parks, or simply a bonfire in the bluffs. Overnight activities are one to two nights in length with all equipment provided. Information on upcoming activities is sent weekly from the Office of Outdoor Leadership to your email!

Saint Mary's Trail System

To the south and east of the beautiful Winona Campus, you’ll find a network of trails that run along the bluffs and into wooded valleys.

In the spring and summer, the trails beckon hikers and explorers. In the fall, students return and the pace of campus quickens, with joggers and the Cardinal cross country team running on one of the most beautiful (and challenging) courses in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference. When the snow comes, skiers appear on the white pathways for fun and competition.

For those who love the outdoors, the Saint Mary’s trail system has something for every season. Come and explore them with us.

Outdoor Activities in Winona

Want to explore the outdoors off campus? Check out to see a list of all the outdoor adventures you can have locally!

Annual Spring Break Adventure

Our biggest adventure of the year happens annually over spring break in late February/Early March! Last year we went to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, and this year we will be going to Colorado Springs, CO from February 23- March 3!

Spend your spring break in a mountain cabin, and during the day we will be participating in numerous activities in the Colorado Spring area including:
  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Sledding/Snowboarding on Sand Dunes
  • visiting Royal Gorge
  • a cave tour at Cave of the Winds
  • and more!

There are limited spots available for this trip. You can apply by filling out the Google Sheet in this LINK. The trip is $400 and includes transportation, lodging, the listed activities above, and food. Once accepted for the trip you will be sent a link to pay a deposit of $100. The remaining $300 would be due by February 1st. If you would like more information please email Mike Ostman, Director of Student Activities (

The Woods Disc Golf Course

Saint Mary’s is pleased to present 18 holes of disc golf through the bluffs surrounding the campus. With narrow fairways and intricate hole placements, the course is challenging for both beginners and experienced disc golfers. The public is invited to use the course any time it is open, seasonally from dawn to dusk, except for during pre-scheduled disc golf events.

Downloadable Map and Scoresheet

Social Media and Contact Us

Check us out on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all things Outdoor Leadership! 



Register for Outdoor Leadership activities using University Tickets below!