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 12-6pm 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.

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 – Fall Semester 2019

Registration opens at 8am on August 27th

Dates Trip Registration Deadline Skill Level
Sat. September 7th US National Whitewater Center September 4th Introduce
Sat. September 14th Hike and Swim at Gragg Prong Falls September 6th Introduce
Fri. September 13-Sun. September 15th Backpacking at Grandfather Mountain September 6th Learn
Sat. September 21st Day of Environmental Service September 13th Introduce
Sun. September 22nd Pedal and Paddle at Lake Brandt September 13th Introduce
Fri. September 27th-Sun. September 29th Dune Hang-Gliding in the Outer Banks September 20th Learn
Fri. October 4th-Sun. October 6th Backpacking in Western North Carolina September 27th Learn
Sat. October 12th Haw River Trail Kayaking October 4th Introduce
Wed. October 16th-Sun. October 20th Canoeing and Camping in Western NC October 4th Practice
Wed. October 16th-Sun. October 20th Hike, Paddle, and Explore in the Outer Banks October 4th Learn
Sun. October 27th Outdoor Rock Climbing at Pilot Mountain October 18th Learn
Fri. November 1st-Sun. November 3rd Zipline and Explore Asheville October 25th Introduce
Sat. November 9th Winter Day Hike November 1st Introduce