If you enjoy nature’s playground, the Biddeford Campus of UNE is the place to be. Located so close to many outdoor recreation areas, your choices for fun in the great outdoors are endless! Canoeing, kayaking, skiing, sailing, hiking, biking, surfing, camping, rock climbing or just lying on the beach are all ways that UNE students have fun on the weekends. Grab your gear, and get going!

A member of the U N E surf club catches a wave


Recreation Council

The Recreation Council is made up of the following six clubs. The clubs of the Recreation Council encourage new members to get in contact at the Get Involved Portal.

Outing Club

One of the largest clubs on campus, Outing Club offers members numerous opportunities to explore Maine and New Hampshire — including an annual spring break trip. If you like hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, or camping, then Outing Club is for you!

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Sailing Club

The UNE Sailing Club offers learn-to-sail clinics throughout the semester in 420 sailboats steps from residence halls. Additional off-campus charters on traditional Maine Schooners and the opportunity to race amongst other collegiate teams keep students involved. 

Scuba Club (Under Pressure)

Want to learn to Scuba Dive? Scuba Club hosts PADI certification classes and open-water dives each year. When the water gets too cold, the club moves into the UNE pool and enjoys the warm water to practice skills and have fun.

Surf Club

With some of the best surfing on the east coast just minutes from the UNE campus, Surf Club has a great time teaching students how to surf and getting out on the waves. Join the club and borrow equipment anytime to catch a wave (restrictions apply).

Rowing Club

Crew is popular at UNE, and this club is for the casual rower as well as the competitive. The club rows right from the Biddeford Campus on the Saco River and competes across the Northeast.

Ride 24/7 (Ski and Board club)

Want to spend your winter on the mountain? Ride 24/7 provides rides to local mountains, discounted season passes, and local events that share the love of alpine sports.

Headshot of Stacey Vance
I want to provide a welcoming space for students who just want to try something new for the first time.

Equipment Room

The Equipment Room is fully stocked for your next outdoor adventure. Check out our offerings in the Campus Center Student Fitness Center, including:

  • Backpacks
  • XC skis and boots
  • Wetsuits
  • Camping equipment such as sleeping bags, rain guards, cooking items, and more
  • Bike and ski/snowboard repair and tuning
  • Maps and guidebooks


Hours and equipment may be limited due to COVID-19. Please email the Coordinator of Outdoor Recreation, Stacey Vance, at svance1@une.edu for the most up-to-date hours and information.

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