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

Office hours will be available during the fall semester. Stop by our office in Koury 106 to talk with Outdoors staff, learn more about upcoming events, or plan your own outdoor adventure!

Camping equipment is available to rent for those wishing to explore the vast array of outdoor pursuits available throughout the region. You can reach the Outdoors Resource Room by calling 336-278-2267 or email 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 front desk. Registration closes 1 week before each trip. Refunds are not offered for participants who withdraw after the registration deadline since we enter into contracts on your behalf for vendors, lodging, and other trip 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. Some trips may include a mandatory pre-departure meeting to help with logistics and preparation.

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 welcome anyone of any skill level on our trips.

Introduce a Skill

Trips in this category are usually shorter in length (a few hours to a full day) 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 or more) 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 2018

Dates Trip Registration Deadline Skill Level
Sat. September 8th US National Whitewater Center–Charlotte, NC September 3rd Introduce
Sat. September 15th Haw River Canoe/Kayak Trail Paddle–Burlington, NC September 7th Learn
Sat. September 15th-Sun. September 16th Surfing and Sandboarding–Outer Banks, NC September7th Introduce
Sat. September 22nd Day Hike–Pilot Mountain, NC September 15th Introduce
Sat. September 22nd Outdoor Rock Climbing–Pilot Mountain, NC September 15th Learn
Sat. September 29th-Sun. September 30th Mountain Bike and Camp–Western NC September 22nd Practice
Sun. September 30th Day Hike–Eno River State Park, NC September 22nd Introduce
Sat. October 6th Pedal and Paddle–Lake Brandt, NC September 29th Introduce
Thurs. October 11th -Sun. October 14th Fall Break: Backpack the Triple Crown Loop–Roanoke, VA October 1st Practice
Thurs. October 11th -Sun. October 14th Fall Break: Hike, Paddle, and Explore–Charleston, SC October 1st Introduce
Sat. October 20th-Sun. October 21st Sea Kayaking October 14th Learn
Sat. October 27th Day Hike–White Pines Nature Preserve, NC October 20th Introduce
Sat. November 10th-Sun. November 11th Zipline, Hike, and Explore–Asheville, NC November 3rd Introduce
Sat. December 1st Winter Hike and Explore November 24th Introduce