Elon Outdoors Overview

Whether the trip is to our local rivers, trails, or climbing areas, Elon Outdoors invites outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels to participate in exciting adventure-based learning opportunities. Our program offers a wide range of outdoor pursuits providing a diversity of rich experiences for our students. The program fosters the development of leadership skills and outdoor ethics in our student leaders and participants. The outdoors belong to everyone, and with Elon Outdoors everyone belongs!

Trip Registration

How do I register for an Elon Outdoors Trip?

Registration for all Elon Outdoors trips and events are done on the Elon RecWell app or on recwell.elon.edu and opens on the first day of each semester. Once you are on the homepage, click on the All Programs tab and select “Elon Outdoors Trips” in the dropdown menu to find all the current trip offerings. Participants must pay online when they register in order to confirm their spot. Registration closes 5 days before each trip or when the trip fills. Once a trip fills, it will no longer appear on the registration system. You can email elonoutdoors@elon.edu to be added to a waiting list for a trip that is already full.

In general, refunds are not offered for participants who withdraw since we enter into contracts on your behalf for vendors, lodging, and other costs.

In order to confirm your spot, both registration and payment must be completed before the registration deadline. Any participants who have not completed paperwork or payment by this time will be removed from the roster and open up spots from the waiting list. All overnight trips will  include a mandatory pre-departure meeting to help with logistics and preparation.

All Elon Outdoors programming is intentionally drug- and alcohol-free. Any participant or staff found to be in possession or under the influence of alcohol or drugs (other than prescribed medication used correctly) will be removed from the trip immediately and will be sent through the Student Conduct process.

Please direct any questions about trip registration, financial aid, or payment to elonoutdoors@elon.edu

Spring 2024 Trips Schedule

Dates Trip Registration Deadline Skill Level
Sat. February 10th Indoor Ice Skating February 8th Introduce
Sat. February 17th-Sun. February 18th Intro to Camping February 13th Introduce
Fri. February 23rd Indoor Climbing February 21st Introduce
Sat. February 24th Hanging Rock Day Hike February 22nd Introduce
Sat. March 2nd Horseback Riding February 28th Introduce
Sat. March 2nd-Sun. March 3rd Asheville Ziplining February 28th Introduce
Sat. March 9th Intro to Mountain Biking March 7th Introduce
Sun. March 10th Goat Yoga March 8th Introduce
Sat. March 16th-Sun. March 17th Linville Gorge Backpacking March 12th Learn
Sat. March 22nd-Sun. March 31st Spring Break: New River Gorge Adventures February 28th Learn
Sat. April 6th Yoga Hike April 4th Introduce
Sat. April 6th-Sun. April 7th Beach and Camp April 2nd Introduce
Fr. April 12th Sunset Paddle April 9th Introduce
Saturday. Apr 13th-Sun. April 14th Whitewater Kayak and Camp April 9th Introduce
Fri. April 19th Hike and Swim April 16th Introduce
Sat. April 20th-Sun. April 21st Backpack Pisgah and Sliding Rock April 17th Introduce
Fri. April 26th Day Hike April 24th Introduce
Sat. April 27th Kayak Lake Clean-Up in Collaboration with the Office of Sustainability Registration Through the Office of Sustainability Introduce
Sat. April 27th-Sun. April 28th Fish and Camp April 23rd Introduce
Sat. April 27th-Sun. April 28th Boone Hike and Camp April 23rd Introduce
Sat. May 4th US National Whitewater Center May 1st Introduce
Sun. May 5th Waterfall Hike May 2nd Introduce

Trip Levels

Elon Outdoors aims to involve participants of all skill levels–everyone is welcome! To help participants make decisions about which trip is right for them, we refer to trips in three levels. The level refers to the specific skill of that trip (kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, etc), although other skills will likely be needed during the trip (setting up a tent, outdoor cooking, etc). The levels are meant to provide an insight into the trip, however we welcome anyone of any skill level on our trips.

Introduce a Skill
Trips in the ‘Introduce’ category are usually shorter in length (generally a few hours) and feature a basic introduction to a skill. Participants are not expected to have any prior knowledge and will have an opportunity to learn basic components of the skill. Significant time will be spent teaching the skill during these trips.

Learn a Skill
Trips in this category are generally longer (full-day) and expect some prior knowledge. Participants will have the opportunity to put skills to use and gain higher-level knowledge. Staff will focus time on reviewing the skill and adding additional components, rather than teaching basic facets.

Practice a Skill
These are our highest level trips and are generally the longest (usually multiple days). Participants will be expected to have some competency in the skill and will have the chance to have an in-depth chance to hone their skillset. Staff will spend limited time reviewing or teaching.

Outdoors Resource Center

Our office is open 12-5pm Monday-Friday during the semester. Stop by our office in Koury 106 to talk with Outdoors staff, learn more about upcoming events, or to plan your own outdoor adventure!

A variety of equipment is available to rent for those wishing to explore the vast array of outdoor pursuits available throughout the region. Visit the Elon Outdoors equipment rental form to request equipment and the equipment rental page on our website for more information. You can reach Elon Outdoors by calling 336-278-2267 or emailing elonoutdoors@elon.edu.