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New trip for Winter Break 2018!

Florida Waters Ecology Paddle Trip

Friday, January 5th - Saturday, January 13th, 2018 (arrive in Orlando the afternoon or evening of Thursday, January 4, 2018)

This course explores the central Florida coast and the subtropical rivers of central Florida.

You’ll learn:

  • Outdoors Skills (stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, & snorkeling)
  • Marine & Freshwater Ecology

Taught By:

  • Dr. Ken Clifton, Lewis & Clark Professor and Chair of Biology
  • College Outdoors Staff & Student Leaders

Trip Fee:

  • $595  (covers all food, ground transportation, lodging, entry fees, and equipment)


The trip fee does not include airfare. However, if you live in the Midwest or the East, working this into your flight from Portland to your home for Winter Break, then back to Portland, adds, on average, (when we checked last winter) about $60-$90 to the total of all your flights over winter break, compared to just flying home in December and back to campus in January.  In some case, the total was actually less for a flight to Orlando, and from there back to the LC campus in Portland, than the one way cost of flying back to PDX from an east coast city.

If you are heading home for Winter Break, fly home on one leg of your flight, from Portland, at the end of Fall Semester.

To arrive in Florida for the start of this course, take an inexpensive Allegiant, Jet Blue, Spirit, or other flight from your hometown to the Orlando area (MCO or SFB airports) on Thursday afternoon or evening, January 4, 2018;  getting to Orlando International (MCO)  or Sanford/Orlando (SFB)  no later than 7:30 PM on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.  

We will run free airport pick ups at both MCO and SFB airports on Thursday, January 4, between 1 PM and 7:30 PM. 

SFB (Sanford/Orlando International Airport) is north of Orlando and is 27 miles east of our base camp for the first half of this course. Allegiant is the main domestic airline flying into SFB.  MCO (Orlando International Airport) is 42 miles southeast of our base camp, on the south side of downtown Orlando.

Return to PDX (Portland) on Saturday, January 13, 2018 (make your flight for no earlier than 3:30 PM) from Orlando International Airport (MCO). 

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND TAKING THE ALASKA AIRLINES NONSTOP FLIGHT #727 on 1/13/2018 (leaving MCO at 3:55 PM) FROM MCO TO PDX. This is the only non stop flight to Portland from Orlando.  As of Oct. 11, the price (one way) was $190.

We will have a shuttle back to campus from the Portland airport on Saturday night, Jan 13th, 2018 when that flight lands in Portland.

However, you can also take any airline you’d like out of MCO (Orlando International) on January 13th; just make sure your flight departs MCO at 3:30 PM or later on Saturday, January 13th, 2018.

It’s important to understand that College Outdoors does not make the airline reservations for you, but we are glad to help you or your parents make the arrangements. This is because everyone is headed to different cities for the first part of Winter Break. You’re welcome to call or email the College Outdoors office for help with your airline reservations. Please ask for the director (Joe) or the office manager (Kori).

Click here for the course syllabus.

How to Sign Up:

Register at the College Outdoors office in Templeton 244. If you’re not on campus, you could also register by calling us by calling 503-768-7116 and asking for the director or office manager. A deposit of $50 (VISA, MC, check, or cash accepted) is required to hold your space from Spring 2017 until the fall. The second trip deposit ($250) is due by September 30th.  If you have Federal Financial Aid, you will receive a 50% scholarship from ASLC for the cost of the course.

After Sept. 30, the full course fee is due when registering.  If you cancel, you get a refund on your deposit if you or College Outdoors is able to fill your space with another student, or if someone on the waiting list for this course takes your spot. This is likely, as long as you do it early in Fall Semester, but not guaranteed.