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!

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 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. 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 this 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 Semester 2019

Registration opens at 8am on February 4th

Dates Trip Registration Deadline Skill Level
Sat. February 16th Pilot Mountain Day Hike February 11th Introduce
Sat. February 23rd-Sun. February 24th Ski and Snowboard–Ghent, WV February 13th Learn
Sat. March 2nd Day Hike–Blowing Rock, NC February 20th Introduce
Sun. March 3rd Beginner Mountain Biking February 20th Introduce
Sat. March 9th-Sun. March 10th Backpacking in Linville Gorge February 27th Learn
Sat. March 16th Paddle and Pedal at Lake Brandt March 6th Introduce
Sat. March 23rd-Sat. March 30th Spring Break: Scuba Diving, Kayaking, and Service in the Florida Keys Application due March 1st Learn
Sat. March 23rd-Sat. March 30th Backpacking in the Grand Canyon Application due March 1st Practice
Sat. April 13th-Sun. April 14th Hike and Cave April 3rd Introduce
Sat. April 20th-Sun. April 22nd Sea Kayaking in Chincoteague, VA April 10th Learn
Sat. April 27th Kayaking on the Haw River Kayak Trail April 17th Introduce
Sun. April 28th Outdoor Rock Climbing at Pilot Moutain April 17th Learn
Sat. May 4th Hike and Swim at Gragg Prong Falls April 24th Introduce
Sat. May 11th US National Whitewater Center May 1st Introduce