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

ADVENTURE TRIP DIFFICULTY RATINGS

Whether you want to learn a new activity, better your skills, or just explore a new area, our trips are designed to be appropriate for a wide variety of skill levels.  However, the difficulty of the trips varies.  The following rating system is designed to help you better understand the level of physical exertion for each trip.  The weather and your level of fitness can all affect the difficulty of trips, but this is the rating system that we use:

  • Easy- Not much physical exertion is needed. The activities for these trips are relaxing and not very strenuous.  These trips are the least likely to have increased difficulty as a result of fluctuating environmental conditions.
  • Moderate- You’ll know that you’re getting exercise on these trips, but the activities are not as strenuous or as long as those in challenging trips.
  • Challenging- These trips are still beginner friendly, but be prepared for a work out! The trips involve activities where you will be exerting yourself for several hours a day in conditions that can greatly affect the difficulty.  But remember, the greater the challenge, the greater the reward!

**Please note that dates are subject to change and will be finalized after the first week of class.  Trip activities and/or locations can also change due to a variety of factors, but we will do our best to ensure the trip is as similar as possible to what is described.

TENNESSEE WHITEWATER: AUG. 29 - SEPT. 1

Registration Opens:  Aug. 14

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Price (Students/Members): $120/$180

Take advantage of the long weekend and head up to Tennessee for a weekend full of whitewater adventure!  We’ll drive up to the mountains early Friday morning, and will have Saturday and Sunday to go rafting on two different rivers- the Ocoee and Pigeon rivers- both of which will supply plenty of excitement.  When we’re not rafting, we’ll take a few short hikes to explore all that the area has to offer.  We’ll drive back to FAU on Monday, arriving back late Monday night.

What We Provide: transportation to/from FAU, meals while in Tennessee, camping/entrance fees, group gear(tents, stoves, etc.), rafting on two rivers

What You Need to Provide: meals/snacks while driving, sleeping bag & sleeping pad rentals

**Note that this is one of our “unplugged” trips- the only electronics allowed are cameras! No phones, no iPods- just us and nature!

 

SNORKEL POMPANO:  SEPT. 20

Registration Opens:  Aug. 25

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Price (Students/Members): $35/$55

Come snorkeling with us and see what the ocean has to offer.  You will get to explore what lies beneath the glistening surface of the water, while taking an enjoyable boat ride out to the snorkeling site.  We will leave just after lunch, so if you have morning or evening classes or a day off this trip is perfect for you.  This trip is great for anyone wanting to explore the underwater world that you might not even know exists right in our backyard!

What We Provide: transportation to/from FAU, snorkel tour, snorkel equipment, snacks

What You Need to Provide: yourself!

 

PANHANDLE SUPing:  SEPT. 27 - 29

Registration Opens:  Aug. 25

Difficulty Rating: Challenging

Price (Students/Members): $45/$70

Spend the weekend at the beautiful and secluded beaches Gulf County has to offer. Rated as one of the top beaches in the nation, the sugar white sand and clear blue water is perfect for a relaxing weekend of fun beach activities. During the day we will spend our time exploring some of the nearby trails, stand up paddle boarding, and enjoying the beach. After a sunset on the Gulf, we will stargaze through the night. Located in an area with minimal light pollution, this is the perfect location to get away from city lights and enjoy a spectacular sight of the Milky Way.

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

What You Need to Provide: meals/snacks while driving, sleeping pad and sleeping bag rentals

 

FLAGLER BEACH SURFARI:  OCT. 4-5

Registration Opens:  Aug. 25

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

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

Let’s go surfing now, everybody’s learning how! Join us on our “surfari” to Flagler Beach, where you’ll learn to surf on some of the best (and most reliable) waves in Florida.  We’ll leave Saturday morning and return Sunday night, learning to surf and relaxing at the beach during the day.  Whether you’ve been surfing before or if this is your first time, this will be the perfect trip to refine your surfing skills.

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

What You Need to Provide: meals/snacks while driving, wetsuit rental (optional), sleeping bag & sleeping pad rentals

 

GEOCACHING JONATHAN DICKINSON:  OCT. 4

Registration Opens:  Sept. 2

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Price (Students/Members): $10/$15

Have you heard of geocaching before? Come and discover the beautiful Jonathan Dickinson State Park while geocaching! You’ll learn all the basics, and will see what treasures await to be discovered in the depths of the park.  We’ll leave in the morning, drive up to the park for some geocaching, have lunch, explore some more, and then drive back to FAU in the afternoon.

What We Provide: transportation to/from FAU, lunch, park entrance fee, group GPS

What You Need to Provide: bring your own GPS if you have one! Or download an app to use your phone- we’ll discuss this at the pre-trip meeting

 

SNORKEL & SUP FL KEYS: OCT. 18 - 19

Registration Opens:  Sept. 15

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

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

Summer doesn’t have to be over! Come soak up some sun and make a splash with us on a snorkeling tour and SUP excursion out to one of Florida’s most spectacular coral reefs! We will be leaving Saturday morning to head down to the Keys, where we’ll start off the day with some standup paddleboarding.  We’ll camp at John Pennekamp State Park, and on Sunday morning will head out on a snorkel tour where we will be swimming with a wide variety of tropical fish and marine animals.  This is a trip you won’t want to miss!

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

What You Need to Provide: meals/snacks while driving, sleeping bag & sleeping pad rentals

 

BEACH YOGA & SURFING:  OCT. 25

Registration Opens:  Sept. 22

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Price (Students/Members): $15/$25

Join us for a relaxing day on Juno Beach!  We will leave on Saturday morning and head an hour north to Jupiter.  Upon arriving, our group will settle into a calming yoga practice in the morning sun.  After a quick snack break, we will hit the waves, surfing for a few hours until the tides change and we pack up our vans to arrive back in Boca by mid-afternoon. 

What We Provide: transportation to/from FAU, yoga instruction, snacks

What You Need to Provide: yourself!

 

GEORGIA WATERFALLS:  OCT. 24 - 26

Registration Opens:  Sept. 8

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Price (Students/Members): $60/$90

Our northern neighbor has some beautiful waterfalls, and we’ll be visiting several of them this weekend!  Friday morning we’ll drive up to Northern Georgia where we’ll spend the next few days hiking and exploring waterfalls.  The main attraction- spectacular Anna Ruby Falls- two adjacent waterfalls, the largest of which cascades over 150 feet! The weekend will be filled with fun, hiking, and of course marveling at some of the best waterfalls in the Southeast. Oh, and did we mention this is prime time for seeing the colorful changing leaves?!

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

What You Need to Provide: meals/snacks while driving, sleeping bag & sleeping pad rentals

 Note that this is one of our “unplugged” trips- the only electronics allowed are cameras! No phones, no iPods- just us and nature!

 

SKETCH & BACKPACK CUMBERLAND ISLAND:  NOV. 14 - 16

Registration Opens:  Oct. 13

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Price (Students/Members): $60/$90

Take a relaxing sketching and backpacking trip to the beautiful Cumberland Island in Southern Georgia. With beautiful beaches, dunes, ruins, and wild horses, Cumberland is a great location to challenge those with drawing experience and a great place to learn sketching skills for the inexperienced. This retreat will focus on experiencing nature through drawing/sketching. For those inexperienced in drawing there will be instruction and feedback given during the trip to help improve skills. Not only will you be able to draw on a beautiful island, but there will also be a short backpacking section of the trip that will allow us to escape from civilization!  We’ll leave Friday afternoon, and return Sunday night.

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

What You Need to Provide: meals/snacks while driving, backpack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad rentals, sketching supplies

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 BIG CYPRESS:  NOV. 22 - 23

Registration Opens:  Oct. 20

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Price (Students/Members): $20/$30

Take advantage of the cooler Florida weather to go hiking in Big Cypress National Preserve! Big Cypress offers some of the most unique hiking opportunities in the country.  From swamps to hardwoods, and some of the best wildlife in Florida (deer, bobcats, and panthers oh my!), this area has it all.  Additionally, the fall weather and this location are the perfect combination for sleeping in hammocks (or tents) under a clear starry sky!

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

What You Need to Provide: meals/snacks while driving, backpack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad rentals

**Note that this trip involves primitive camping- remote locations with no electricity and no running water. However, this just means you get to experience an even more pristine location! Even if you have never been camping before, our experienced trip leaders will help to ensure that it is a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

 

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.     Payments must be made using debit or credit cards.  No other forms of payment will be accepted.  All purchases on card will be processed the week of the trip.

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

3.     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.

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

5.     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.

 Last Modified 11/24/14