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 2021

Registration opens at 8am on February 8th

*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.*

*Trips for the second half of the semester will open on March 8th*

Dates Trip Registration Deadline Skill Level
Sat. February 13th Horseback Riding Feb. 12th Introduce
Sun. February 14th Day Hike in Saxapahaw Feb. 12th Introduce
Sat. February 20th Indoor Rock Climbing Feb. 12th Introduce
Sun. February 21st Hiking and Disc Golf Feb. 12th Learn
Sat. February 27th Winter Day Hike Feb. 19th Introduce
Sun. February 28th Mountain Biking Feb. 19th Learn
Sat. March 6th Pedal and Paddle Feb. 26th Introduce
Sun. March 7th Zipline and Hike Feb. 26th Introduce
Sun. March 14th Canoeing and Hiking March 5th Introduce
Tuesday March 16th-Wednesday March 17th Backpacking the Triple Crown Loop Registration closed Learn
Sat. March 20th Day Hike to Pilot Mountain March 10th Introduce
Sun. March 21st Canoeing in Saxapahaw March 10th Learn
Sat. March 27th Zipline and Hike March 17th Introduce
Sun. March 28th Day hike at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area March 17th Introduce
Fri. April 2nd-Mon. April 5th Hang-gliding and Surfing in the Outer Banks–CANCELLED March 19th Learn
Fri. April 2nd-Mon. April 5th Backpacking in the Smoky Mountains–CANCELLED March 19th Learn
Sat. April 10th Outdoor Rock Climbing March 31st Learn
Sun. April 11th Kayaking on the Haw River March 31st Introduce
Sat. April 17th-Sun. April 18th Zipline and Hike in Asheville (Registration opens March 29th) April 2nd Introduce
Sat. April 17th Day Hike at Stone Mountain State Park April 7th Introduce
Sat. April 24th Environmental Service April 14th Introduce
Sun. April 25th Hike and Swim at Eno River State Park April 14th Introduce
Sat. May 1st-Sun. May 2nd Hiking and Canoeing at Merchant Millpond State Park (Registration opens April 19th) April 23rd Learn
Sun. May 2nd Horseback Riding April 21st Introduce
Sat. May 8th US National Whitewater Center April 28th Introduce