Learn. Do. Share.

Our Mission:

Outdoor Pursuits is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization devoted to providing inclusive opportunities for outdoor recreation and adventure.
Our shared experiences promote the health of participants, teach responsible enjoyment of the outdoors, and
strengthen community.
We strive to expand equitable access to the outdoors and to foster environmental stewardship.

Founded in 1937, Columbus Outdoor Pursuits is best known for its bicycle mega-tours –

The Tour of the Scioto River Valley (TOSRV) Since 1962
The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) Since 1989
The Across Ohio Bicycle Adventure (XOBA) Since 1998 


Provide outdoor recreation education, with a focus on safety and technique
Organize and lead outdoor trips
Train outdoor leaders
Define outdoor recreation as primarily non-competitive, self-propelled activities such as backpacking, bicycling, and paddling

The Columbus Outdoor Pursuits programs include backpacking (both women and co-ed), bicycling, and paddling.

Volunteers in the past or present have offered the programs listed below.
If you feel you would like to offer a program, please email us at office@outdoor-pursuits.org.

Some events have fees that help support the organization.
Other funds go towards philanthropic programs such as event scholarships and new member orientation programs.

Non-Profit Status
Columbus Outdoor Pursuits has 501(c)(3) status. Contributions are tax deductible.