F&M's Outdoor Gear Rental Program   

At Franklin & Marshall College's Center for the Sustainable Environment, we encourage outdoor exploration.  To make outdoor activities more accessible to the F&M community, we have obtained a wide range of  user-friendly equipment and are making it available to rent to students, staff, and faculty. We can't wait to help you prepare for your next adventure!

For the 2019-2020 school year, the OGRP will be closed:

Friday March 13-22 (Spring Break)

Closed for the Semester starting: Saturday, May 2nd

After May 2nd, the OGRP will not maintain regular hours until the fall semester commences.  All reservations for gear pickup and drop off should be made by emailing


OGRP Spring 2020 Trips

Want to get outside but don't want to plan your own outing? Join OGRP on one of our student trips! Below is the schedule for the spring 2020 semester: 

Stand Up Paddleboarding(SUP) Yoga - Saturday, February 15th 

Spooky Nook Climbing Trip - Friday, February 28th

Turkey Hill Trail Hike - Saturday, March 7th

Sustainable Craft Day - Friday, March 13th

Tour of Wind Cave - Sunday, March 29th

House Rock Nature Preserve Hike - Saturday, April 11th 

Wolf Sanctuary Tour - Sunday, April 26th

Hammocks on Hartman -  Friday, May 1st


For details on each trip check out the OGRP Spring 2020 magazine below!







Gear Daily rental rate replacement cost
Tent (2 person)* $4 $125
Tent (4 person)* $5 $135
Tent (6 person)* $8 $190
Camping stove* (comes with lighter, if desired) $3 $60
Propane* *$0.25 $5
Pot set with pot holder $2 $40
Fray bake* $2 $60
Sleeping bag $3 $60
Sleeping bag liner comes with sleeping bag $15
Sleeping pad $1 $30
Tarp $1 $8
Trowel $0.50 $4
Water filter* $3 $65
Backpack (various sizes) $3 $135
Pack rain cover $1 $30
Lantern $1 $20
Headlamp $1 $20
Trekking poles $1 $70
Binoculars $5 $150
Hammock and suspension system $1 $75
Snowshoes $3 $140
Snowshoe poles $1 $80
Sleds $1 $10
Field Guides or USGS maps $1 $15

Note:  Items with an asterix* require training  by the Sustainability Center staff before rentals will be approved.

Shank's Mare Kayaks and Paddle Boards

Shank's Mare, located in Wrightville, PA on the shore of the Susquehanna River, specializes in rentals of recreational kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. They are now offering F&M students, faculty, and staff a 20% off discount on their rentals. All you have to do is present your F&M ID at pick-up! 

Important Details:

1.  Make sure to call ahead for reservations at 717-252-1616. Give your name, number, and the gear you'd like to rent:  Single or double kayaks, fishing kayaks, or stand-up paddleboards.

2. Renting Season begins in Mid-May and lasts throughout October (when river conditions and weather allow).

3. The rental includes paddle, PFD (personal floatation device/lifevest) and boat or board.  Renters must wear their PFD at all times.  Renters may only rent cockpit (sit-in) kayaks if they can perform a kayak self-rescue-- this can be taught at Shank's Mare lesson program. Otherwise, rentals use the sit-on-top kayaks which are very stable and user friendly.