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 must pay online when they register in order to confirm their spot. Registration closes 10 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 Elon Outdoors 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 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 – Fall 2022

Registration opens at 8am on August 23rd

Dates Trip Registration Deadline Skill Level
Sat. September 3rd US National Whitewater Center August 31st Introduce
Sun. September 4th Hike and Swim August 31st Introduce
Sat. September 10th-Sun. September 11th Surf and Explore Wilmington August 31st Introduce
Sun. September 11th Hike and Yoga August 31st Introduce
Sat. September 17th Pedal and Paddle September 7th Introduce
Sun. September 18th Waterfall Hike September 7th Introduce
Sat. September 24th-Sun. September 25th Backpacking Linville Gorge September 14th Learn
Sun. September 25th Introduction to Mountain Biking September 14th Introduce
Sun. October 2nd Disc Golf and Hiking September 21st Introduce
Sat. October 8th Horseback Riding September 28th Introduce
Sat. October 8th-Sun. October 9th Camping and Rock Climbing September 29th Learn
Thurs. October 13th-Sun. October 16th Fall Break: Backpacking in Western NC October 5th Learn
Thurs. October 13th-Sun. October 16th Fall Break: Paddle and Explore Charleston October 5th Introduce
Thurs. October 13th-Sun. October 16th Fall Break: Paddle Chincoteague October 5th Learn
Sat. October 22nd-Sun. October 23rd Canoe Camping at Lake James October 12th Introduce
Sat. October 22nd Goat Yoga October 12th Introduce
Sat. October 29th Hike and Kayak in Saxapahaw October 19th Introduce
Sun. October 30th Day Hike at Pilot Mountain October 19th Introduce
Sat. November 5th-Sun. November 6th Backpacking Linville Gorge October 26th Learn
Sun. November 6th Hike and Explore Boone October 26th Introduce
Sat. November 12th-Sun. November 13th Zipline and Explore Brevard November 2nd Introduce