adventure

ADVENTURE TRIPS

The Department of Campus Recreation provides outdoor adventure trips for students, Rec Members, and Non-Members. All trips are beginner friendly, although the level of difficulty can vary due to weather. Below are the trips available for the fall semester.

Registration for each individual trip opens one month before the start of the trip.  Specific dates are provided in the trip descriptions.  You can register for trips in Base Camp, the Outdoor Adventures office, in the Recreation & Fitness Center.  Base camp hours can be found here.  For more information on any of the trips, stop by Base Camp during their normal hours, email outdoor@fau.edu, or call (561)297-4425

SAIL & SURF ST. AUGUSTINE: JAN. 25 - 26

Registration Opens:  Jan. 13

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Price (Students/Members): $40/$60

We’re headed north to the historic city of St. Augustine!  We’ll leave Saturday morning and spend the day learning some of the basics of sailing on Hobie cats, which are fast and fun.  We’ll also spend time at the beach relaxing and learning to surf!  This area has some of the best (and most consistent) waves in the state, making it the perfect place to learn.  Saturday night you’ll have an opportunity to explore St. Augustine’s old town and fort, getting to know America’s oldest city! We’ll return back to FAU Sunday evening.

What We Provide: transportation to/from FAU, meals when in St. Augustine, sailboat rental, surfboard rental, camping/entrance fees, group gear(tents, stoves, etc.)

What You Need to Provide: sleeping bag & sleeping mat (available for rent), meals/snack while driving

 

MOUNTAIN BIKE & KAYAK OLETA:  FEB. 8

Registration Opens:  Jan. 13

Difficulty Rating: Challenging

Price (Students/Members): $42/$63

This trip combines two great activities- mountain biking and kayaking! We’ll be going to Oleta State Park, just north of Miami.  We’ll start out mountain biking- this can be challenging and exhausting but is very thrilling! Although Florida might not have any mountains, the sand, roots, and trees all create a challenging terrain.  After biking, we’ll have lunch and then kayak for a few hours in the bay. 

What We Provide: transportation to/from FAU, park entrance fee, mountain bike rentals, kayak rentals, lunch

What You Need to Provide: yourself!

Note: You should be comfortable on a bike- this involves some difficult terrain as well as narrow trails between trees.

 

CANOE OKEFENOKEE:  FEB. 14 - 16

Registration Opens:  Jan. 13

Difficulty Rating: Challenging

Price (Students/Members): $110/$165

This trip will be exploring Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge by canoe.  Located in southern Georgia, this is a very unique ecosystem- one of the country’s largest swamps! We’ll be taking advantage of the cool weather to explore the Refuge during the best time of year.  We’ll leave early Friday morning to get started on one of the Refuge’s canoe trails.  We’ll spend two nights in the swamp, canoeing past large cypress trees, lots of birds, and maybe even alligators.  The canoeing will continue all day Saturday as well as Sunday morning, and then we’ll drive back to FAU, arriving Sunday night. 

What We Provide: transportation to/from FAU, meals while camping, canoe rental, camping/entrance fees, group gear(tents, stoves, etc.)

What You Need to Provide: meals/snacks while driving, sleeping bag & sleeping mat (available for rent)

Note: This trip involves primitive camping (i.e. no running water, electricity, or flush toilets)

 

CANOE CAPE CANAVERAL:  FEB. 22 - 23

Registration Opens: Jan. 22

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Price (Students/Members): $32/$48

Cape Canaveral is a great location for canoeing- wildlife abounds (we’ll definitely see a lot of birds, and maybe even some manatees and dolphins!), and there are dozens of mangrove islands to paddle around.  We’ll leave FAU Saturday morning, drive up to Cape Canaveral, and then start our canoeing adventure.  We’ll spend the night on our own private island in the lagoon that we paddle too, and then will paddle back to the van Sunday morning.  We’ll have lunch at the beach before heading back to FAU.

What We Provide: transportation to/from FAU, meals while camping, canoe rental, camping/entrance fees, group gear(tents, stoves, etc.)

What You Need to Provide: meals/snacks while driving, sleeping bag & sleeping mat (available for rent)

Note: This trip involves primitive camping (i.e. no running water, electricity, or flush toilets)

 

FULL MOON KAYAKING:  MARCH 18

Registration Opens:  Feb. 18

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Price (Students/Members): $25/$37

Take a break from classes and studying to go kayaking under the full moon!  We’ll be leaving FAU just after sundown to drive north a bit to Lake Worth Lagoon, where we’ll explore the lagoon, the mangroves, and learn a little bit about the ecosystem.  After a couple hours paddling, we’ll return back to FAU.

What We Provide: transportation to/from FAU, kayak rental, evening snack

What You Need to Provide: yourself!

 

HIKING & PHOTOGRAPHY MYAKKA:  MARCH 29 - 30

Registration Opens: Feb. 28

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Price (Students/Members): $40/$60

This backpacking trip to Myakka State Park comes with a twist- it has an emphasis on photography!  Myakka State Park was written up by Backpacker Magazine as being one of the best places to hike in the Southeast! We’ll be backpacking through the park, spending the night at a primitive campsite.  Throughout the day, you’ll learn various photography techniques, tips for taking great photos, and will get to see the park through a photographer’s point of view.  At night you’ll learn about taking low-light and night photos.  Between the park’s forest where we’ll be backpacking and Lake Myakka, there will be plenty of opportunities to get that perfect shot!  Expect to hike approximately 8-10 miles over two days.

What We Provide: transportation to/from FAU, meals while camping, camping/entrance fees, group gear (tents, stoves, etc.), photography instruction

What You Need to Provide: sleeping bag, sleeping mat, backpack with hipbelt (all available for rent), meals/snacks while driving, camera (highly recommended)

Note: This trip involves primitive camping (i.e. no running water, electricity, or flush toilets)

 

SUP MACARTHUR:  APRIL 5

Registration Opens: March 11

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Price (Students/Members): $25/$37

Have you ever wanted to try standup paddleboarding, aka SUPing? Whether you’ve never tried SUPing before or just want to have a fun day outside under the sun, this is the trip for you! We’ll leave FAU in the morning, drive about 45 minutes north to MacARthur State Park where we’ll go paddleboarding.  We’ll explore the lagoon and paddle amongst the mangroves, looking for some of the park’s wildlife.  After SUPing, we’ll have lunch and then hang out at the beach for a bit before returning to FAU in the afternoon.

What We Provide: transportation to/from FAU, standup paddleboard rental, park entrance fee, lunch

What You Need to Provide: yourself!

 

HIKE PROVIDENCE CANYON:  APRIL 11 - 13

Registration Opens:  March 11

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Price (Students/Members): $48/$72

Dates: April 11-13

Come and explore Providence Canyon, a.k.a. Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon!  We’ll leave FAU early Friday morning, drive about 9 hours to Georgia to Providence Canyon.  After setting up camp, we’ll explore some of the canyon.  Saturday morning we’ll start hiking, explore more of the canyon as well as the surrounding forest.  Sunday morning we’ll finish our loop hike and return to the van to drive back to FAU, arriving late Sunday night.  We’ll hike a total of approximately 8-10 miles over two days.

What We Provide: transportation to/from FAU, meals while camping, camping/entrance fees, group gear (tents, stoves, etc.)

What You Need to Provide: sleeping bag, sleeping mat, backpack with hipbelt (all available for rent), meals/snacks while driving,

Note: This trip involves primitive camping (i.e. no running water, electricity, or flush toilets)

 

UNPLUG & RECHARGE:  APRIL 11 - 13

Registration Opens: March 11

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Price (Students/Members): $50/$75

Dates: April 11-13

Have you ever felt tied down by modern technology and electronics? Well this is your chance to get away from all of that and enjoy all that nature has to offer! We’ll be leaving early Friday morning, and returning late Sunday night.  The destination is a mystery- but the trip will involve backpacking and a little bit of swimming as well, in addition to spending time around campfires and stargazing! However, this is a technology free trip- no cell phones, no iPods, no digital cameras (mental photographs and disposable cameras are great alternatives)- all of these will be left at FAU so that we will be able to unplug and enjoy nature to its fullest.  This is bound to be a weekend to remember!  Expect to hike around 8-10 miles over two days.

What We Provide: transportation to/from FAU, meals while camping, camping/entrance fees, group gear (tents, stoves, etc.)

What You Need to Provide: sleeping bag, sleeping mat, backpack with hipbelt (all available for rent), meals/snacks while driving, a willingness to disconnect from society for 3 days!

Note: This trip involves primitive camping (i.e. no running water, electricity, or flush toilets).  Electronics are NOT allowed on any part of this trip!

 

BACKPACKING NORTH CAROLINA:  MAY 3 - 9

Registration Opens: Jan. 23

Difficulty Rating: Challenging

Price (Students/Members): $100/$150

Dates: May 3 - 9

Come with us to explore the Beautiful mountains of North Carolina!  We will be backpacking in Pisgah National Forest, along beautiful rivers, past waterfalls, and up on mountains with gorgeous 360 degree views! The trip will entail approximately 5 days of backpacking, plus one day on either side to get to and from North Carolina (about a 12 hour drive).  This area has some of the best views in the Southeast- and we’ll be getting to see the best of those! With some of the hiking at elevations over a mile high on beautiful bald ridges, you can see for miles, and the views will not disappoint!

What We Provide: transportation to/from FAU, meals while camping, camping/entrance fees, group gear (tents, stoves, etc.)

What You Need to Provide: The majority of this trip involves primitive camping (i.e. no running water, electricity, or flush toilets).  The backpacking portions of the trip involve carrying a backpack of around 30-35 lbs. for 5 days over a distance of approximately 30-35 miles.  You will probably have to purchase a few specific gear items as well (such as a rain jacket, hiking boots, etc.) which will add to the cost of the trip.

 

WEST COAST ADVENTURE-CALIFORNIA:  MAY 13 - 21

Registration Opens: Jan. 23

Difficulty Rating: Challenging

Price (Students/Members): $230/$345

Dates: May 13 - 21

Outdoor Adventures is headed west! We’ll be flying into San Francisco to explore some of the wonderful nature that Northern California has to offer.  After arriving into San Francisco, we’ll head north over the Golden Gate Bridge to Tamalpais State Park, where we’ll camp for two nights and explore the surrounding area, including a visit to a redwood forest to see some of the world’s tallest trees!  We’ll then head to Point Reyes National Seashore- we’ll start off kayaking and paddle to a remote beach where we’ll spend the night.  The next day we’ll paddle back to the van and head over to the park where we’ll volunteer for two days helping out with park projects and learning about how the park operates.  After volunteering, we’ll go on a three day backpacking trip along the coast.  This area is full of wildlife such as deer, elk, bobcats, coyotes, and even mountain lions!  After backpacking we’ll spend our last night relaxing at a hostel where we can freshen up before ending the trip.

What We Provide: transportation from San Francisco International Airport, meals while camping, kayak rental, camping/entrance fees, group gear (tents, stoves, etc.)

What You Need to Provide: transportation to San Francisco, meals/snacks while driving, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, backpack with hipbelt (all available for rent)

Note: This trip involves a few nights of primitive camping (i.e. no running water, electricity, or flush toilets).  The backpacking portion of the trip involves carrying a backpack of around 30 lbs. for 3 days over a distance of approximately 20 miles.  You will probably have to purchase a few specific gear items as well (such as a rain jacket, hiking boots, etc.) which will add to the cost of the trip. A limited number of spots will be available for students who want to do both the California and Washington trips for the ultimate west coast adventure! 

 

WEST COAST ADVENTURE-WASHINGTON:  MAY 22 - 29

Registration Opens: Jan. 23

Difficulty Rating: Challenging

Price (Students/Members): $250/$375

Dates: May 22 - 29

Outdoor Adventures is headed west! We’ll be flying into Seattle to explore the Pacific Northwest.  After arriving in Seattle, we’ll head to Olympic National Park, which offers a wide diversity in ecosystems and wildlife.  This trip will be a backpacking trip to sample some of the amazing diversity of Olympic.  The first half of the trip will be backpacking along the coast, primarily on the beach.  We’ll pass by tide pools and amazing rock formations, watching the sun set into the Pacific before camping each night.  After a few nights of backpacking along the beach, we’ll head inland to explore the park’s mountains and temperate rain forest.  The hiking will be challenging, but very rewarding!  After all of our backpacking, we’ll take a day to go whitewater rafting and spend the night at one of the park lodges to relax before heading to the airport to fly back home.

What We Provide: transportation from Seattle International Airport, meals while camping, whitewater rafting trip, camping/entrance fees, group gear (tents, stoves, etc.)

What You Need to Provide: transportation to Seattle, meals/snacks while driving, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, backpack with hipbelt (all available for rent)

Note: The majority of this trip involves primitive camping (i.e. no running water, electricity, or flush toilets).  The backpacking portions of the trip involve carrying a backpack of around 30-35 lbs. for 6 days over a distance of approximately 35-40 miles.  You will probably have to purchase a few specific gear items as well (such as a rain jacket, hiking boots, etc.) which will add to the cost of the trip.  A limited number of spots will be available for students who want to do both the California and Washington trips for the ultimate west coast adventure!

 

TRIP CANCELLATION POLICY 

1.     A full refund will be issued if the cancellation is made within 7 days of the trip’s registration start date.

2.     Cancellations made 7+ days after the trip registration opens will not receive a refund for any reason. 

3.     If a trip is cancelled by Outdoor Adventures due to weather or any other reason, a full refund will be issued.

TRIP POLICIES

1.     Participants must attend the Pre-Trip Meeting for their specific trip. 

2.     If the trip involves water-based activities, life jackets must be worn.  If you have passed the Outdoor Adventures Swim Test, then the life jacket can be removed at the trip leaders’ discretion.

3.     Participants must travel in Outdoor Adventures’ vehicles. Driving separately, meeting the group or being picked up is not allowed

4.     Outdoor Adventures trips are university related functions and should be treated as such. Alcohol, tobacco, and drug use are prohibited for the duration of the trip. Participants who violate these rules are subject to removal from the trip and transportation back to FAU will be at the participant’s expense.

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