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|
|Pot set with pot holder||$2||$40|
|Sleeping bag liner||comes with sleeping bag||$15|
|Backpack (various sizes)||$3||$135|
|Pack rain cover||$1||$30|
|Hammock and suspension system||$1||$75|
|Field Guides or USGS maps||$1||$15|
Note: Items with an asterix* require training by the Sustainability Center staff before rentals will be approved.
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.