URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby-Union Institute (OSRUI) Outdoor Center offers a rich environment for adventure education, outdoor education, and teambuilding experiences for student and adult groups. The 200 scenic acres of nature located on Lac La Belle Lake in Oconomowoc, WI, are a perfect backdrop for discovery learning. OSRUI Outdoor Center runs programming fall, spring, and winter. Our professional staff are dedicated to making your participants’ experience memorable!

owl on branchOur programs are designed to emphasize and build awareness of ecological principles. These programs are experiential based, meaning students learn by doing. Experiencing the environment through our hands-on activities helps to reinforce topics learned in the classroom. It also provides students with a break from the routine of classroom learning, bringing them together in a new environment here in Wisconsin.

The goals of the Outdoor Education program are to reinforce topics learned in the classroom. For example:

  • Discussing how trees produce energy, then walking through the woods on our property to look at a variety of trees and discuss differences.
  • Reinforcing lessons of Adaptation and Adaptive Traits, by visiting our beaver lodge and by researching our aquatic habitats to see what’s living there.
  • Developing an appreciation for biodiversity, by spending time in our woods, learning the names of the types of trees and animals in our woods, and how they relate to one another – and seeing this relationship first-hand.
  • Learning about pesticides in the food chain, and the transfer of energy from primary consumers to secondary consumers, by playing a large group game called Predator Prey.

Program Offerings:
Lake Ecology
Forest Ecology
Animal Ecology
Beaver Ecology
Predator Prey
Lumberjack Life
Owl Biology

kayaking for webAdventure Programs provide individuals and groups with amazing opportunities for growth. Whether it’s reaching new heights on our alpine tower or practicing your shooting skills on our archery range, OSRUI offers a wide variety of adventure programs.

Program Offerings:

Alpine Tower
High Ropes
Outdoor Living Skills
Night Hikes
Snow Shoeing
Cross Country Skiing
Outdoor Cooking
Winter Survival
Indoor Climbing Activities

high ropesBuilding leadership skills can be challenging. Our staff professionally facilitates teambuilding and challenge course sessions that focus on developing trust, problem-solving skills, communication, cooperation, and self-esteem/self-confidence. We utilize our low ropes courses, alpine tower, and high ropes course.

Program Offerings:
Big Group Games
Low Ropes
High Ropes
Alpine Tower

Floor hockeyOur recreational facilities include an indoor Sports Center, with a large gym, game room, and activity room, as well as several meeting rooms for groups large and small. For outdoor fun, we have softball and soccer fields, tennis courts, campfires, basketball courts, and tetherball.

Floor Hockey
Tubing (winter)

OSRUI Outdoor Center can customize any program to fit the needs of our clients. This includes half day, full day, and overnight programs.

Half Day Program: 3-4 hours of programming, meals (optional)
Full Day Program: 6-7 hours of programming, meals (optional)
Overnight Program: 6-7 hours of programming (per day, depending upom arrival/departure), evening programming, meals, lodging

Download our Outdoor Center Price List

For additional information, contact the OSRUI Program Coordinator: 847-239-6984 or osruiprograms@urj.org.