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About Us

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Bradford Woods is an auxiliary enterprise of Indiana University and is part of the academic mission of the School of Public Health and is a unit of the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies. As a key component of the University family, Bradford Woods seeks to promote and further the mission of the University through the teaching, service, programs, and research Bradford Woods provides.

For over 50 years Bradford Woods has been providing recreational, educational, and leadership development opportunities to youth and adults locally, nationally, and globally. Today, Bradford Woods annually serves over 25,000 people from different walks of life and parts of the world.

We are what we are because of the entrepreneurial skills and abilities of Bradford Woods’ staff over the past 50 years. We are what we are because of the commitment of Indiana University and the Riley Children’s Foundation’s support for our mission. We are what we are because of the thousands of people who have entered our grounds to partake in the Bradford Experience.  We are what we are because we remain true to our Mission, Vision, and Values.

Our Mission

Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s Outdoor Center, improves the quality of life for people of all abilities by using its unique outdoor setting to provide education, therapy, and recreation, while providing students and faculty with a world-class research and learning experience.

Our Vision

To be global leaders in the delivery of inclusive and experiential outdoor programming.

Our Values

  • Adventure Education
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Environmental Education
  • Outdoor Recreation and Retreats
  • Equine-Assisted Therapy and Activities
  • Research-Driven Programming
  • Universal Design in the Outdoor Setting
  • Stewardship of our Natural and Cultural Resources
  • Public Health Improvements Through Outdoor Experiences