TRIP DETAILS

If you want to get away from society for a while and dive into the great outdoors, this trip is for you. For those with an adventurous spirit, and up for a challenge, come see the breathtaking Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina while meeting new people and learning more about life at FAU. This trip will grow your leadership abilities, connections with people, and knowledge of the outdoors. Nothing is more rewarding than gazing upon the feat of one’s own accomplishment. Let the journey begin.

Activities:  Backpacking, camping, river tubing, swimming
Trip Type: Experience
Difficulty: Moderate
Dates: Saturday, July 15 - Friday, July 21
Price: $250/person

Welcome to Boca Raton, Florida! The burrowing owl is Florida Atlantic University’s proud mascot, traditionally associated with wisdom and determination, which are two ideals in which you will try to attain in your college experience. Through experience and growth just like our mascot, the Boca Excursion Trip will have you digging deeper into all the magnificent locations to adventure in your own backyard.

Amongst other incoming freshman, you will have the opportunity to hike and play around in some of Boca’s beautiful local parks, give back to the community at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center for coastal and marine ecosystem awareness, enjoy refreshing water-based activities on our coastal beaches, and learn more about life at FAU from current students. There are many fun places to explore just a short drive away from campus and even more to go out and eat. At the end of the day, you will enjoy a two -night stay on Campus. Get ready live and learn in your new home.

Activities:  Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Nature Center Tour, Swimming, Short Hikes, Camping
Trip Type: Experience
Difficulty: Easy
Dates: Monday, Aug. 14 - Wednesday, Aug. 16
Price: $120/person

Juniper Springs is a part of the Ocala National Forest located in northern central Florida. This park features a Millhouse built of log and stone at the foot of the main pool of Juniper Springs. The Millhouse’s undershot waterwheel uses the millions of gallons of water that rush from the springs each day to generate electricity. Next to the Millhouse are several natural underwater limestone vents, which feed into the oval-shaped Juniper Springs Pool. Swimming in crystal clear water that remains 72 degrees year round is the most refreshing summer activity.  You and your newfound friends will also enjoy a jumping platform over the deepest part of the pool where you can all leap off together.

Also take time to explore the Interpretive Trail, which leads individuals through every inch of Juniper Springs. Along the hike, you will see unique plants in the swamp including the Coonti Fern, Needle Palm, sand boils which literally look like boiling sand, and cross the Historic Stone Bridge overlooking the Juniper Spring Run. The Juniper Spring Run is a seven- mile long canoe paddle that takes about four hours to complete. This canoe run was rated one of the top 25 canoe runs in America. Keep your eyes open for wildlife as you go down the river. For this top -notch outdoor experience, you’ll be camping at primitive campsites and sleeping under the stars surrounded by a vast forest.

Activities:  Swimming, Canoeing, Tent Camping
Trip Type: Experience
Difficulty: Moderate
Dates: Monday, Aug. 14 - Wednesday, Aug. 16
Price: $150/person

Bahia Honda State Park is located at mile marker 37 in the Florida Keys. While you’re having fun in the sun, you’ll stop by to visit the Sand and Sea Nature Center, ranked #2 of three attractions in Big Pine Key. Bahia Honda has several white sandy beaches where you can see wading and shore birds feeding during low tide. Bahia Honda is also lined with shallow beaches to go swimming or sunbathing on the sand flats with other FAU freshman. Explore other areas of the park with a short hike through the Silver Palm Trail and the Butterfly Garden Trail. While walking along the Butterfly Garden Trail, stop and see the Wings and Waves Butterfly Garden which was planted after Hurricane George destroyed most of the vegetation in the area.

The last spectacular must see view of the trip will be from atop the Old Bahia Honda Bridge. From the top of the bridge, you can see the entire island, aquatic animals swimming beneath the water’s clear surface, and a vibrant sunset bursting with phenomenal color. Outside of Bahia Honda, you’ll also be going snorkeling at the reef or visiting the Turtle Hospital. At the end of the day, you’ll sleep in tents under the starry night sky. This trip to the most scenic location in the Florida Keys is one you won’t want to miss.

Activities:  Snorkeling, Turtle Hospital Tour, Tent Camping
Trip Type: Experience
Difficulty: Easy
Dates: Monday, Aug. 14 - Wednesday, Aug. 16
Price: $190/person

KEEP IN MIND


Registration Packets must be filled out completely and turned in after you register for a trip. Packets can be emailed to outdoor@fau.edu, faxed to 561-297-2421 or dropped off by hand to the Outdoor Adventure mailbox located at the FAU Boca Raton Recreation and Fitness Center in the membership office. Registration will not be considered complete until payment and packet is turned in.

Trip accommodations include transportation from FAU's Boca campus to all designated trip locations. Meals take into account any dietary restrictions while remaining simple, healthy, and reviewed by our nutritionist. This will leave students with healthy inspiration for future college life meals.

Group gear, such as tents, will be provided to all trips. Planned activity costs and gear rentals (canoes rentals, snorkel equipment, park entrance fees, tubing, campsites, etc.) are included in the cost of the trip. A Challenge Course program will be included for the Experience trips only. To be able to move-in early, participants must attend the whole program.

Trips do not include food while driving to/from trip locations or personal items such as sleeping bags and sleeping pads (these are included on the Expedition trips only). These items are available for rent at Outdoor Adventure’s base camp office. Swimming ability is highly suggested for our water-based trips.

 Last Modified 5/19/17