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.

Outdoors Resource Center

Our office is open 12-5pm Monday-Friday. 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 PhoenixCONNECT page 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. If you’re looking for an online resource for trip ideas, outdoor skills, and resources, check out our blog!

Trip Registration

Registration for all Elon Outdoors trips and events is online and opens on the first day of each semester. Participants may pay online or in person at the Koury business operations office (Koury 101). Registration closes 10 days before each trip or when the trip fills. 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.

Please direct any questions about trip registration or payment to Evan Small or Elon Outdoors staff.

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.

Schedule – Spring 2020

Registration opens at 8am on February 3rd

Dates Trip Registration Deadline Skill Level
Sat. February 8th Winter Day Hike February 7th Introduce
Sun. February 16th Yoga Hike February 7th Introduce
Fri. February 21st-Sun. February 23rd Jones Mountain Backpacking February 14th Learn
Sun. March 8th Eno River Day Hike February 28th Introduce
Sat. March 14th-Sat. March 21st Spring Break: Backpacking in the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree National Parks Application closed Practice
Sat. March 14th-Sat. March 21st Spring Break: Hiking, Paddling, and Caving in Belize Application closed Learn
Sat. March 28th Fly Fishing in Western North Carolina March 13th Introduce
Sun. March 29th Haw River Kayaking March 13th Introduce
Fri. April 3rd-Sun. April 5th Backpacking at Chimney Rock March 27th Learn
Fri. April 10th-Mon. April 13th Easter Weekend: Hang-gliding and Paddling in the Outer Banks April 3rd Learn
Fri. April 10th-Mon. April 13th Easter Weekend:Backpacking in Linville Gorge April 3rd Practice
Sat. April 18th Outdoor Rock Climbing April 10th Learn
Sun. April 19th Paddle and Pedal April 10th Introduce
Sat. April 25th Hike and Swim April 17th Introduce
Sat. April 25th-Sun. April 26th Lake James Canoe Camping April 17th Learn
Sat. May 2nd-Sun. May 3rd Hike and Explore Blowing Rock April 24th Introduce
Sat. May 9th US National Whitewater Center May 1st Introduce