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.
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 1 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.
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.
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:
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.
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! Trip Difficulty: Challenging
|Student Price: $60||Member Price: $80|
Get away from the never-ending flat land to try your luck at mountain biking on some different terrain. Oleta River State Park is not home to mountains, but has some great beginner friendly mountain biking trails, as well as some paved bike trails. Six feet of elevation may not sound like much, but on a bike with rocks, sand, mangrove roots, and narrow winding trails between trees all create a challenging terrain, you will think twice about underestimating height change. You must know how to ride a bike and be comfortable going over curbs. We will only be riding beginner and intermediate level loops while staying together as a group. This can be challenging and exhausting but is very thrilling! Trip Difficulty: Moderate
|Student Price: $71||Member Price: $95|
As a college student, take learning a new skill into your own hands. Join this beginner level workshop style trip with little to no experience in the ways of surfing. South Florida might not get the highest waves, but Outdoor Adventure’s soft eight foot Wavestorm surfboards will have you riding. They are built to handle first time mistakes beginners make as they learn the skills needed in the shore break. Surfing has a long history as an active outdoor water sport and you could learn the basics in techniques, dangers, protective gear, and safety all in a few hours. We’ll also spend time at the beach relaxing. Being a strong swimmer will make surfing that much more enjoyable. Make it one more reason to go to the beach more often.Trip Difficulty: Easy
|Student Price: $38||Member Price: $50|
Have you ever wanted to explore one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet? Have you ever wanted to watch the sunset while on the Florida Bay? Everglades National Park is the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the continental United States. Come join FAU’s Outdoor Adventures Program on this two day overnight camping trip to Everglades National Park. If you are interested in participating in some fun activities including hiking, canoeing, and checking out the visitor centers in the park you won’t want to miss this. You will be amazed by the natural beauty and wildlife in the park. To be prepared, bring a waterproof camera and bring your insect repellent. Trip Difficulty: Easy
|Student Price: $60||Member Price: $80|
Nature has a beauty all of its own for you to enjoy. If you would like to try paddling, swimming in crystal clear springs, or just getting away from the everyday hustle and bustle, this is the perfect trip for you! We will be heading to High Springs, FL renowned for its many natural springs that flow at a steady 72 degrees all year long. We will be stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, swimming, and camping along the Santa Fe River. Paddling the river with the current makes for a leisurely river trip with plenty of beautiful scenery. Trip Difficulty: Moderate
|Student Price: $105||Member Price: $140|
WOOO! Spring Break! Time to try something new and different. We bet you have not gone into an underground cave before. This guided tour will take us into the depths of the underground society of northern Georgia, as we learn about rock formations, secret chambers, and cave inhabitants. The rest of the trip will be spent taking short day hikes through the mountains and exploring the area. The nights will be spent around a campfire looking at the stars; because there will be a new moon for one of the days, visibility will be spectacular. Have an alternative spring break. #GetOutdoors Trip Difficulty: Moderate
|Student Price: $165||Member Price: $220|
How far will you go to camp one night on an island next to a beach and watch the sunset on the west coast of Florida? How does a 6 mile paddle in a canoe to the Island of Caya Costa sound? Check out the natural beauty and diverse wildlife of Caya Costa State Park as we explore the small barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. Look out for dolphins and manatees as we paddle 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. Trip Difficulty: Challenging
|Student Price: $85||Member Price: $113|
Hobe Sound is a unique area of South Florida worthy of exploration. We will spend Saturday hiking various trails in the area and swimming in a beach unlike any other you will find in Florida’s 663 miles of beaches. Whether you need a break from classes or just want to spend a day in touch with nature, this is a wonderful opportunity to unwind. Come enjoy its pristine beaches and unspoiled parks. Explore nearby Jonathan Dickinson State Park for a short hike or Blowing Rocks Preserve to view the limestone-studded beach. Trip Difficulty: Easy
|Student Price: $37||Member Price: $49|
A full refund will be issued if the cancellation is made within 7 days of the trip’s registration start date. This means if the registration opens April 21st, you will have until April 28th to cancel.
Cancellations made 7+ 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.