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New Student Trips

Registration is now closed for 2020 Virtual New Student Trips, which will take place in August right before New Student Orientation. 

Virtual New Student Trips keep the very BEST part of any New Student Trip – the chance to build meaningful friendships with other new students. There is no charge for these “trips”, and we hope EVERYONE will participate.

All New Student Trips in 2020 will be virtual. Once you are on campus, there will be lots of in-person opportunities to participate in College Outdoors trips and Student Leadership and Service projects, including week-long trips over Spring Break.

Remember to follow us on Instagram & Facebook to stay up to date, learn about the trips, and meet the leaders.


In-person New Student Trips will return in 2021:

New Student Trip Options

  • Backpacking in the Cascade Mountains

    Here’s your chance to get to know the beautiful mountains near Lewis & Clark College! You’ll visit one of the spectacular hiking areas in the Cascade Mountain range in Oregon or Washington, all within a few hours from campus. Depending on trail conditions, fire danger, and other factors in late August, the trip leader will choose an area to backpack on trails located around Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, or Mt Adams. Expect to cover four to eight miles per day on moderate to steep trails, and discover sweeping views of Cascade volcanoes, hidden swimming holes, and awe-inspiring forests. This is the perfect place to make new friends! Read the detailed trip description to learn more.

  • Creative PDX: Exploring the Arts in Portland

    Explore your new home through the arts! Portland is known for its unique and quirky creative culture including visual art, music, dance, theater, literary arts and more. This program will give you the opportunity to get to know the Portland arts scene while also getting the chance to participate in a Guest Artist Residency program, collaborating with a nationally recognized artist making new work at Lewis & Clark. Read the detailed trip description to learn more.

  • Hike & Kayak Northwest Oregon

    Kayak the bays, estuaries, and lakes of the Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington coast, hike to some of the best Pacific Ocean beaches, and wander through some of the last remaining ancient forests. In the evenings we’ll return to a rustic summer camp we have rented, located about a mile from the Pacific Ocean. On this trip you’ll see some of the wildlife which greeted the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805: elk, beaver, deer, eagles, great blue herons, and sandhill cranes. Whether you’ve never kayaked before or you’re an experienced paddler, this trip takes you to parts of the Pacific Northwest Coast most people never see. Read the detailed trip description to learn more.

  • Hike & Stand-Up Paddleboard the Columbia Gorge

    The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, where the mighty Columbia passes narrowly through the Cascade Mountains, is one of country’s great natural treasures. Explore the area’s extensive hiking trails, taking in sights of towering cliffs, soaring bald eagles, and countless waterfalls. Enjoy the protected and beautiful inlets of the Columbia River while learning how to Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP). We’ll spend our nights in a comfortable rustic lodge featuring showers, bunk beds, and the most spectacular view from any swimming pool in Oregon! Read the detailed trip description to learn more.

  • Hike & Stand-Up Paddleboard the Oregon Coast

    The Northwest Oregon Coast is a dramatic landscape of cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, rainforest, tide pools, and mountains. On this trip we’ll be staying at a rustic camp while we explore the forests, lakes, rivers and beaches around the coast. We’ll alternate between days of hiking coastal forests, beaches, and bluffs, with days Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUPing) in the waters of coastal bays, lakes and rivers. There’s also canoeing and swimming at the lake at our camp. Come see why the Oregon Coast is a premiere destination for outdoor enthusiasts! Read the detailed trip description to learn more.

  • Hikes & History of the NW Oregon Coast

    The Northwest Oregon Coast has a rich human and natural history! On this trip, we’ll visit areas that have been important to peoples for thousands of years, see where members of the Lewis and Clark expedition first reached the Pacific Ocean, and hike coastal trails and ancient forests. Every day we’ll explore a different area, and return at night to a rustic summer camp, which sits near the ocean on the traditional lands of the Chinook and Clatsop Tribes. We plan to visit Fort Clatsop, the National Historic Park where the Lewis & Clark Expedition wintered from 1805-1806, and experience the dramatic landscape of coastal bluffs, beaches, rainforest, and tide pools. Read the detailed trip description to learn more.

  • Beyond Portlandia: Economic Justice

    Explore your new home through learning and service. Connect with Portlanders addressing economic inequality through direct service and advocacy. Examine tactics related to housing affordability, food access and transportation equity. Visit with local activists and partner agencies such as Operation Nightwatch, Food Not Bombs, and Right 2 Dream 2. Read the detailed trip description to learn more.

  • Beyond Portlandia: Environmental Justice

    Explore your new home through learning and service. Connect with advocates in Portland, a historically “green” city, working to ensure that all communities benefit from local environmental sustainability efforts. Examine tactics related to urban agriculture, food security, and mass transportation. Participants should come ready to learn from new perspectives, get their hands dirty & share some delicious locally-grown food. Read the detailed trip description to learn more.

  • Xplore: STEM Program

    This FREE program is a fun and unique opportunity for students from historically under-represented groups who are interested in science, math, and health sciences. You’ll have the chance to take part in lab activities, critical thinking tasks, and get to know some current students and faculty. We’ll alternate our time between exciting STEM opportunities, with explorations of campus and Portland, field trips in the beautiful Oregon outdoors, and much more! Take advantage of this chance to connect with others interested in STEM fields, and get to know your new home.

    This program has a separate application and registration process for those who qualify. Learn all about it and apply:

    Xplore: Pathways to Success in STEM