BHSU graduate, Josh Larson, slack-lines during outdoor week last year.

Black Hills State University
is celebrating the beauty of the Black Hills with a week filled with activities ranging from rock climbing and archery to photography and outdoor art. BHSU’s annual Outdoor Week starts Wednesday, Oct. 16.

“Spearfish is a great location for all things outdoors,” said Mike McNeil, BHSU disabilities liaison and Outdoor Week coordinator. ”We don’t have many ‘extreme’ sports, but we have one of the most beautiful environments in the world.”

Although normally held in the spring, organizers decided to try a fall celebration hoping to avoid late spring storms.

“We had our harsh winter in the spring this past year and a lot of our Outdoor Week events were snowed out,” McNeil said. “Students are also more enthusiastic about getting involved at the beginning of the year.”

McNeil has been working with Jerry Rawlings, assistant professor of mass communications, Steve Babbitt, professor of photography, and ShutterBuzz, the University’s photography club, in an effort to get more interest in all the outdoor activities available to students and community members.

The main goal of Outdoor Week is to bring together entities on campus and throughout the community to celebrate the great outdoors.

“We really have the natural environment that others don’t. We have Spearfish Canyon, Devils Tower, caves, fishing, hiking, rock climbing and more,” McNeil said.

For more information on BHSU Outdoor Week contact McNeil at (605) 642-6099 or Mike.McNeil@BHSU.edu

The schedule of events for this year include: slack lining, fly-fishing demos, camp food cooking, plein air landscape painting, ethnobotanical garden party and yard games,  DC Booth Fish Hatchery tours,  archery lessons, basic photography class, lunar eclipse hike, camping on campus,  and climbing and photography clinics. For a full schedule of these events go to bhsu.edu/OutdoorWeek.