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.

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 2022

Registration opens at 8am on January 31st

*Elon Outdoors follows CDC, North Carolina, and University guidelines around travel. We will be in contact with registered participants if any of our plans need to change.*

Dates Trip Registration Deadline Skill Level
Sat. February 12th Winter Day Hike February 9th Introduce
Sun. February 13th Indoor Rock Climbing February 9th Introduce
Sat. February 19th-Sun. February 20th Hiking and Caving at Worley’s Cave February 9th Introduce
Sat. March 5th Hike and Yoga February 23rd Introduce
Sun. March 6th Introduction to Mountain Biking February 23rd Introduce
Sat. March 12th-Sat. March 19th Spring Break: Scuba Dive, Paddle, and Service in the Florida Keys Application Only Learn
Sat. March 12th-Sat. March 19th Backpacking in the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree National Parks Application Only Learn
Sat. March 26th Fly Fishing March 9th Introduce
Sun. March 27th Paddle and Pedal March 9th Introduce
Sat. April 2nd-Sun. April 3rd Introduction to Camping March 23rd Introduce
Sat. April 2nd-Sun. April 3rd Backpacking the Triple Crown Loop March 23rd Learn
Sat. April 9th Hike and Explore Boone March 30th Introduce
Sun. April 10th Haw River Kayaking March 30th Introduce
Sat. April 16th-Mon. April 18th Firetower Backpacking April 6th Learn
Sat. April 16th-Mon. April 18th Hiking, Camping, and Outdoor Climbing April 6th Learn
Sat. April 23rd-Sun. April 24th Lake James Canoe Camping April 13th Learn
Sun. April 24th Environmental Service April 13th Introduce
Sat. April 30th Waterfall Hike April 20th Introduce
Sun. May 1st Eno River Hike and Swim April 20th Introduce
Sat. May 7th US National Whitewater Center April 27th Introduce