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Earlham College
Outdoor Education Office:
Dennis 212

Outdoor Education Center


The Outdoor Education Center (OEC) serves the Earlham community by facilitating field trips and outdoor excursions locally, regionally, and further afield. Basic to more advanced equipment is available for rent to Earlham students, faculty, academic departments, and Wellness members. In addition, the Center has a wealth of guide books and other resources for planning both personal or group trips. 


By appointment only.


The OEC is on the second floor of Dennis in room 220 and is accessible from the Dennis parking lot. Enter campus from the D Street entrance. Turn right following signs for Dennis and then into the parking lot on the left.

Contact us at (765) 983-1790 or at oec_staff-l@earlham.edu

Equipment Rental Information
  1-3 Day Rental 7 Days Additional Days Replacement Costs
Item Daily Fee Weekly Fee Daily Fee   
Internal Frame Pack $4.00 $21.00 $2.50 $250.00
Daypack $3.00 $16.00 $2.00 $50.00
Sleeping Bag (Summer/Winter) $3.00 $18.00 $2.50 $150.00
Sleeping Bag Liner $2.00 $9.50 $1.00 $30.00
Sleeping Pad (3/4 or Full) $2.00 $9.50 $1.00 $30.00
3-Person Tent $4.00 $23.00 $3.00  $250.00
4-Person Tent/Mid $4.00 $23.00 $3.00 $400.00
Fly/Cloth Tarp $3.00 $16.00  $2.00 $200.00
Whistle & Compass $1.00 $5.00 $0.50  $15.00
2-Burner Stove (Coleman)* $4.00 $19.00 $2.00 $75.00
Backpacking Stove (MSR)* $4.00 $19.00 $2.00 $80.00
Fuel Canister* $8.00 N/A  N/A $20.00
Cook Set $3.00 $16.00 $2.00  $60.00
Water Jug or Bladder $2.00 $10.00 $1.00  $20.00
Stuff Sack $1.00 $5.00 $0.50 $9.00
First Aid Kit $4.00 $23.00 $3.00  $35.00
Rock Climbing Shoes $5.00 $26.00 $3.00 $80.00
Helmet $3.00 $16.00 $2.00  $35.00
Map Set $3.00 $12.00 $2.00  $12.00/map
Snow Shoes $3.00 $12.00 $2.00  $175.00
Cross Country Skis $3.00 $16.00 $2.00  $125.00
Canoe** (Flatwater only-Class I) $15.00 $80.00 $10.00  $900.00
Paddle $3.00 $16.00 $2.00  $100.00
PFD $3.00 $16.00 $2.00  $45.00

*Stoves come with one partially used fuel canister
**Canoe rentals by appointment on Mondays and Fridays only

Who can rent gear:

  • Earlham (including ESR and Bethany) students, faculty, staff, Wellness Center members, and their immediate families are eligible to rent equipment from the Outdoor Education Center.
  • OEC staff (course instructors and OEC staff) may rent gear for free but must still complete reservation paperwork.
  • Departments and clubs may rent equipment as a group.
  • AWPEs and Academic Field Courses have priorities on rentals.



  • Students, faculty, departments, and clubs must pay with an Earlham account number.  This account will be charged the cost of the rental.
  • Non-Earlham individuals (Wellness members or staff without an account number) must pay via cash or written check.
  • Equipment is charged for the number of days used.
  • Accounts are charged after gear is returned in case of damage or late fees.


Damage, Replacement, and Late Return Policy:

  • If gear is returned damaged, an additional fee will be assessed to cover repair and/or replacement if necessary.
  • Equipment returned late is subject to a late fee, up to $5.00 per item per week.


 For more information contact: oec_staff-l@earlham.edu


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