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UW Hoofers

Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706

Hoofer membership is open to all University of Wisconsin-Madison students, faculty/staff, and Wisconsin Union members. UW-Madison students are automatically Wisconsin Union members.

Hoofers is part of the Wisconsin Union and UW-Madison. UW-Madison alumni and community members may join the Wisconsin Union by buying a Wisconsin Union membership (608-262-2263).

The Hoofer membership dues often include use of some or all club equipment(see below). Individuals can join Hoofers at the Outdoor Programs Office (608-262-1630), and at Hoofer kickoffs. Individuals can also join the Hoofer Sailing Club and Hoofer Outing Club at the Memorial Union Outdoor Rentals (608-262-7351) during the summer.

Wisconsin Hoofers, UW's outdoor recreation club, has a long and rich history. The first home of Hoofers was in the basement of the old UW President's house at the corner of Langdon and Park Street (where Memorial Union is now located). They didn't move into their current location in the lower level of the Union Theater until 1939. A variety of Hoofer insterests and clubs were formed over the years including Skiing, Archery, Sailing, Hunt, Riding, Mountaineering, Canoeing, Gliding, SCUBA, and Ballooning. While many of these clubs have dissolved or evolved, one thing has remained the same: a love of the outdoors.

Today, Hoofers consists of six clubs: Mountaineering, Outing, Riding, Ski and Snowboard, Sailing, and SCUBA. They sponsor five collegiate competitive teams: Alpine, Nordic, Freestyle, Riding, and Sailing. In addition, there is an active Hoofer Youth Program involving over 500 youth each year.