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College Outdoors

College Outdoors provides the Lewis & Clark College community with access to the spectacular outdoor environments of the Pacific Northwest through a variety of activities including cross-country skiing, backpacking, whitewater sports, sea kayaking, and hiking.

Participants find themselves at the mountains, rivers, deserts, and coasts that span across Oregon, California, and Washington. College Outdoors’ trips are open to Lewis & Clark undergraduates, graduate students, law students, faculty, and staff.  Trips promise friendly people, fresh air, and fantastic scenery.

College Outdoors offers practical leadership opportunities. Students are encouraged to get involved with College Outdoors by volunteering.  Continued involvement can lead to trip leading opportunities and other staff positions.

To sign up for a trip, visit the College Outdoors office in Templeton Campus Center or call 503-768-7116.

Please click here for our mission statement, and stop by our office to see our official policies and procedures. 

 Events

March 24th, 2017

  • Image preview Spring Break: Hike & Kayak Redwood NP
    Come stay at a lodge and cabins in Redwood National Park for Spring Break! We’ll spend the week hiking through huge redwood forests and stunning beaches on the Pacific Ocean. We’ll also spend part of the trip learning how to handle a kayak on the bays and lagoons adjacent to the ocean. It’s the start of spring in these spectacular forests, so the wildflowers will be blooming. The main lodge where we stay has a huge kitchen for cooking meals, great resources for learning about redwood ecology, and hot showers, too! Redwoods are the tallest living things in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to live among them for a week! You can get one credit in PE/A 142, “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip as long you register prior to drop/add and complete a drop/add form. This class counts as an activity credit for graduation. Plan to add $5/day for vegan, gluten-free, or other specialized diet requests (a vegetarian option is included at no extra charge).  Medical dietary restrictions are exempt from the additional $5/day fee.
    until April 1
  • Image preview 5:00pm: Spring Break: California Surf Clinic
    Trip Signup Starts: 1/20/2017
    
    Learn to surf! Camp on bluffs just above the crashing Pacific Ocean, and surf on the central California coast.  This week of surf training covers all the basics.  Learn to read the surf conditions, choose the safest entry and exit point of the surf break, paddling and wave catching techniques, standing up, turning, and surfing etiquette. Get the best tips and coaching from the excellent surfing staff at UC Santa Cruz. This trip is designed for beginner surfers, yet more experienced surfers are welcome to take the classes and improve upon their skills.  All you need is your swimsuit, reasonable swimming ability, and a desire to hit the surf. We provide the rest.  Spectacular trails are there to explore after your surf sessions each day.  On top of that, the intriguing city of Santa Cruz and its world famous boardwalk are nearby.  Trip fee includes transportation, food, camping, surf instructors, and all the equipment (including surfboards and wetsuits, and any camping gear) you’ll need! You can get one credit in PE/A 142, “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip as long you register prior to drop/add and complete a drop/add form. This class counts as an activity credit for graduation. Plan to add $5/day for vegan, gluten-free, or other specialized diet requests (a vegetarian option is included at no extra charge).  Medical dietary restrictions are exempt from the additional $5/day fee.
    until 4:00pm on April 1

March 25th, 2017

  • Image preview All Day: Spring Break: Hike & Kayak Redwood NP
    Come stay at a lodge and cabins in Redwood National Park for Spring Break! We’ll spend the week hiking through huge redwood forests and stunning beaches on the Pacific Ocean. We’ll also spend part of the trip learning how to handle a kayak on the bays and lagoons adjacent to the ocean. It’s the start of spring in these spectacular forests, so the wildflowers will be blooming. The main lodge where we stay has a huge kitchen for cooking meals, great resources for learning about redwood ecology, and hot showers, too! Redwoods are the tallest living things in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to live among them for a week! You can get one credit in PE/A 142, “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip as long you register prior to drop/add and complete a drop/add form. This class counts as an activity credit for graduation. Plan to add $5/day for vegan, gluten-free, or other specialized diet requests (a vegetarian option is included at no extra charge).  Medical dietary restrictions are exempt from the additional $5/day fee.
    until April 1
  • Image preview All Day: Spring Break: California Surf Clinic
    Trip Signup Starts: 1/20/2017
    
    Learn to surf! Camp on bluffs just above the crashing Pacific Ocean, and surf on the central California coast.  This week of surf training covers all the basics.  Learn to read the surf conditions, choose the safest entry and exit point of the surf break, paddling and wave catching techniques, standing up, turning, and surfing etiquette. Get the best tips and coaching from the excellent surfing staff at UC Santa Cruz. This trip is designed for beginner surfers, yet more experienced surfers are welcome to take the classes and improve upon their skills.  All you need is your swimsuit, reasonable swimming ability, and a desire to hit the surf. We provide the rest.  Spectacular trails are there to explore after your surf sessions each day.  On top of that, the intriguing city of Santa Cruz and its world famous boardwalk are nearby.  Trip fee includes transportation, food, camping, surf instructors, and all the equipment (including surfboards and wetsuits, and any camping gear) you’ll need! You can get one credit in PE/A 142, “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip as long you register prior to drop/add and complete a drop/add form. This class counts as an activity credit for graduation. Plan to add $5/day for vegan, gluten-free, or other specialized diet requests (a vegetarian option is included at no extra charge).  Medical dietary restrictions are exempt from the additional $5/day fee.
    until 4:00pm on April 1

March 26th, 2017

  • Image preview All Day: Spring Break: Hike & Kayak Redwood NP
    Come stay at a lodge and cabins in Redwood National Park for Spring Break! We’ll spend the week hiking through huge redwood forests and stunning beaches on the Pacific Ocean. We’ll also spend part of the trip learning how to handle a kayak on the bays and lagoons adjacent to the ocean. It’s the start of spring in these spectacular forests, so the wildflowers will be blooming. The main lodge where we stay has a huge kitchen for cooking meals, great resources for learning about redwood ecology, and hot showers, too! Redwoods are the tallest living things in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to live among them for a week! You can get one credit in PE/A 142, “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip as long you register prior to drop/add and complete a drop/add form. This class counts as an activity credit for graduation. Plan to add $5/day for vegan, gluten-free, or other specialized diet requests (a vegetarian option is included at no extra charge).  Medical dietary restrictions are exempt from the additional $5/day fee.
    until April 1

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