The Department of Campus Recreation provides outdoor adventure trips for students, and Rec Members. All trips are beginner friendly, although the level of difficulty can vary due to weather. For more information on any of the trips, stop by Base Camp during their normal hours, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 561-297-4425.
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.
To depart for your trip please meet on the south side of the Recreation and Fitness Center across from the Science and Engineering (SE) building.
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 and you could add these awesome animal footprints to your collection. At the visitor center you’ll be able to learn about some of the animals that live in this wild environment, plants that make up the ecosystem, and historical value this area bring to Florida. The cooler weather at this time of year are the perfect combination for sleeping in tents under a clear starry sky!
|Student Price: $70||Member Price: $90|
Whether you’ve never tried stand up paddle boarding or just want to meet outdoor enthusiasts and try out a new activity, you might want to come on this trip. This is your chance to learn. Let’s explore our own backyard and discover a new entrance into some local adventuring. We will spend the morning paddle boarding in West Lake Park. Partake in the ultimate form of relaxing as you dip your toes in the cool wet sand, lie down and sunbathe, or play some cool beach games. Take a load off and come relax.
|Student Price: $45||Member Price: $55|
Have you always wanted to try camping, but did not want to commit to a full trip? Come join this beginner level clinic where we will give you an introduction to basic skills used in camping. In this clinic, we will teach you how to set up a tent, cook a meal and set up a fire place! Dinner included!
|Student Price: $5||Member Price: $7|
Escape Florida for Spring Break and head to the scenic mountains of Tennessee for an adventure filled long weekend. Enjoy two full days of learning climbing technique, belaying, rappelling, and climbing 75-100 ft. routes. Enjoy camping in the Cherokee National Forest and possibly even exploring a local cave.
|Student Price: $120||Member Price: $150|
Get ready to embark on a journey of a lifetime. Kayak out to Nest Key on a 6-mile open water kayak tour. We will start our paddle at Key Largo and kayaking out to Nest Key where we will get to enjoy scenic sunsets from our primitive island campsite. We will also get the chance to snorkel at John Pennekamp and swim with all sorts of marine life. There will be opportunities to swim and relax on the island as well. Be sure to bring your sunscreen and bug spray!
|Student Price: $140||Member Price: $175|
Get Out and Explore this popular secluded island in southern Georgia. Cumberland Island National Seashore has some old ruins that we can explore, and is famous for the wild horses that we’ll (hopefully) see roaming the island as we travel. This three-day adventure is a backpacking trip to a backcountry campsite where we’ll carry everything we need. If you’ve never been backpacking, we will teach you how to pack a pack, and get you started on walking you’re first few miles of more to come.
|Student Price: $120||Member Price: $150|
Ever wanted to try stand up paddle boarding? Our SUP clinic will show you how to prepare a paddle board and we will instruct different paddle strokes. You will also have the chance to paddle board at one of our local beaches.
|Student Price: $5||Member Price: $7|
Check out the natural beauty and diverse wildlife of Cayo Costa State Park as we explore the small barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. Look out for dolphins and manatees as we kayak to the secluded island. After a night of camping, we will be able to swim, snorkel and hike the scenic state park with its beautiful beach, swampy mangroves and primordial forest. Keep your eyes open while we’re there, as the park is known to have a diverse wildlife of migratory birds, gopher tortoises, sea turtles and more.
|Student Price: $55||Member Price: $70|
We’ll be leaving Boca early in the morning to take advantage of the clearer water during low tide, and explore the park’s underwater snorkeling trail. This site features lots of boulders and reef structures in the water just 10-20 feet deep. From colorful fishes to a local starfish and an abundant amount of marine life, your time spent here won’t disappoint.
|Student Price: $20||Member Price: $35|
Registration for each individual trip opens one month before the start of the trip. Specific dates are provided in the trip descriptions below.
You can register for trips in Base Camp, the Outdoor Adventures office, located in the Recreation & Fitness Center. To register please bring a current debit/credit card and a completed Participant Registration Packet into Base Camp. You cannot be registered for a trip without both these items.
You may register one other person for a trip. We will not register them unless you have their Participant Registration Packet with you, and a credit/debit card for payment when you come into the Outdoor Adventures Base Camp. If you are paying for someone else and they cancel after the final day for cancelations, we are not responsible for refunding you the money.
You may download the registration packet here: (Participation Registration Form)
Base Camp hours can be found here.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TRIP?
Trips include transportation from FAU's Boca campus (northbound trips can stop at the Jupiter campus if needed to pick up and drop off students residing in Jupiter), meals while camping and during the activities, and group gear (tents, stoves, kayaks, canoes, snorkel equipment, paddleboards, etc.). If you have dietary restrictions please make sure you have noted such in the Medical Information of your Participant Registration Packet. We will try making accommodations for you, so there should be no need to provide your own food. Please remember, we are planning meals for 12 people. Depending on dietary restrictions, we may be unable to plan every meal with your restrictions in mind. Medical or allergy accommodations take top priority when meal planning.
Trips do not include food while driving to/from trip locations or personal items such as sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and backpacks with hip belts (needed for backpacking trips). These items are available for rent at Base Camp.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
A note about canoeing and kayaking:
Anyone who has not taken the FAU swim test with the Rec Center Lifeguards will be required to wear a PFD. You can take the swim test anytime during the pool hours. You just need to approach the lifeguards and let them know that you are there to take the swim test. While on the trip, the leader may ask you to put on a PFD in certain situations regardless of whether or not you have completed a swim test.
A full refund will be issued if the cancellation is made within seven days of the trip’s registration start date. This means if the registration opens Friday, April 21, you will have until Friday, April 28 to cancel.
Cancellations made over seven days after the trip registration opens will not receive a refund for any reason.
If a trip is cancelled by Outdoor Adventures due to weather or any other reason, a full refund will be issued.
- Payments must be made using debit or credit cards. No other forms of payment will be accepted. All purchases will be processed at the time of registration.
- Participants must attend the Pre-Trip Meeting for their specific trip.
- 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.
- Participants must travel in Outdoor Adventures’ vehicles. Driving separately, meeting the group or being picked up is not allowed
- 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.