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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 28th, 2015

  • Image preview All Day: Spring Break: California Surf Clinic

    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, January 23

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, March 10 at 5:30pm

    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. This class counts as an activity credit for graduation.

     

March 30th, 2015

  • Image preview 7:00pm - 9:30pm: Climbing Shuttle
    Join us on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:00 - 9:30 pm for this free shuttle to the Circuit Bouldering Gym. Stop by the office to sign up for specific dates.

March 31st, 2015

April 2nd, 2015

  • Image preview 7:00pm - 9:30pm: Climbing Shuttle
    Join us on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:00 - 9:30 pm for this free shuttle to the Circuit Bouldering Gym. Stop by the office to sign up for specific dates.

April 4th, 2015

  • Image preview All Day: Edible Plants, Ethnobotany, & Waterfalls #1

    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, March 6

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, March 31 at 5:00pm

    Spring on the sunny, dry side of the Columbia Gorge is amazing.  Learn to identify, as well as taste, some of the edible plants of the eastern part of the Columbia Gorge.  Learn about Native American uses of plants and trees.  Not only that, but learn about some of the poisonous plants you would want to avoid if you’re “wild foraging”!

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