Remembering and celebrating Nik Madsen: sharing his connection to campus, adventure and environmentalism

Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Recreation program invites its student and staff alumni and current students and staff for a day of connections, reflections, local adventure and environmental stewardship. We’ll share focused time remembering and celebrating the life of Nik Madsen (Class of 2016), a recent Recreation Leader and Wilderness Orientation Instructor who passed away in 2018.

Stewardship and adventure activities throughout the day will draw from Nik’s passions and his sense of place in special campus locations. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

This event is free. Donations to the Nik Madsen Endowment for Whole Heart Leadership are encouraged.


7:00a - 9:30a: Surf session (RSVP required, space is limited); Meet at OPERS van parking lot or at designated local surf spot

7:00a - 9:30a: Birding; Meet at OPERS van parking lot

10:00a: Campus hike departs; Meet at Recreation porch

  • Two or more groups of varying distances, paces, routes
  • All meet for picnic lunch in upper campus meadow
  • Reflections and dialog
  • Nik Madsen photo table
  • Stewardship project and plant ID walk

4:00p: Return to Recreation porch

5:30p-9:30pm: Sunset Kayak Tour (RSVP required, space is limited); Meet at OPERS van parking lot