Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation at Franklin Pierce University offers something for everyone. Whether you want to test your limits through extreme adventure, or you want to leisurely paddle a kayak across Pearly Pond, or you want to maintain your personal fitness regimen, there's a program here for you. Our location in one of New England's premier regions for outdoor activities means you have a wealth of options to invigorate your mind, body and soul.Our 1,200-acre campus also abounds with opportunities for active or passive recreation. Organized activities include intramural sports and off-campus trips. The choice is yours.

Check out the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

On the beach 

Adventure Recreation

Adventure Recreation at Franklin Pierce is designed to enhance your interaction with natural surroundings, drive personal passion, push your limits and help you develop leadership skills and confidence that will serve you in your personal and professional life. Our goal is to create quality programming that caters to the needs of a diverse student body while focusing on the elements that define personal and group "adventure". Our Adventure Recreation staff is highly skilled, conscientious and well-experienced in bringing out the best in each participant.

Intramural Sports

The Intramural Sports Program at Franklin Pierce allows students to enjoy healthy competition and a camaraderie that develops on and off the field. Recent offerings include campus leagues in flag football, softball, and dodgeball. Single-time competitions have been offered in kayak relays, three-on-three basketball, four-on-four volleyball, punt-pass-and-kick football, oozeball, and table tennis. If you're interested in more sedate activities, the Intramural Program also has organized competitions for checkers, Madden PS2, and Mario Kart.


North Fields Activity Center, or "the Bubble", as it is referred to by the University and surrounding community, covers 72,000 square feet and rises to a height of seven stories. The Bubble is home to a complete cardio/strength area, free weight area, two full tennis courts, multi-purpose area, two full basketball/volleyball courts, a 50-yard turf field and a two-lane track. The facility is available to students, employees, alumni, community members as well as community groups. This building is the hub for Campus Recreation programming which includes: Adventure Recreation, Intramurals, Fitness/Wellness, Informal Recreation and Recreational Clubs.

The Raven Cheer Program

The mission of the Franklin Pierce University Raven Cheer Program is to involve students in athletics as a supplement to their academic pursuits. The Raven Cheer Program strives to enhance the lives of its members by strengthening their commitment and leadership skills, as well as their fitness. Raven Cheerleaders will enhance school spirit and support Men’s and Women’s basketball.


Doug Carty joined the Franklin Pierce community in the fall of 2001, after graduating from Garrett College's Adventuresports Institute in McHenry, Maryland with an AAS degree of Adventuresports. In May of 2006 he completed his Bachelor's of Science Degree at Franklin Pierce. Doug has worked in all facets of the Campus Recreation program and recently developed the current Adventure Recreation component of the department. He has studied extensively the hands-on skills and techniques of rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, bicycle mechanics, backcountry living skills and wilderness first aid. Doug can often be found sailing on Pearly Pond, participating in any number of intramural events or researching the newest trends in fitness and recreation programming.

Learn more about Campus Recreation by contacting Doug Carty at (603) 899-4383 or by e-mailing