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 – Fall 2021

Registration opens at 8am on August 24th

*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. September 4th US National Whitewater Center August 30th Introduce
Sun. September 5th Day Hike at Hanging Rock State Park August 30th Introduce
Sat. September 11th Hike and Swim at Eno River State Park September 1st Introduce
Sun. September 12th Stand-Up Paddleboarding at Lake Brandt September 1st Learn
Fri. September 17th-Sun. September 19th Canoe Camping at Lake James September 8th Learn
Sat. September 18th-Sun. September 19th Bike and Camp the Virginia Creeper Trail September 8th Introduce
Sat. September 25th Bike to Burlington September 15th Introduce
Sun. September 26th Waterfall Hike and Swim September 15th Introduce
Sat. October 2nd Horseback Riding September 22nd Introduce
Sat. October 2nd-Sun. October 3rd Outdoor Rock Climbing September 22nd Learn
Sat. October 9th Fly Fishing September 29th Introduce
Sun. October 10th Mountain Biking September 29th Learn
Thurs. October 14th-Sun. October 17th Hang-gliding and Surfing on the Outer Banks September 29th Learn
Thurs. October 14th-Sun. October 17th Backpacking the Appalachian Trail September 29th Practice
Sat. October 23rd Canoeing in Saxapahaw October 13th Introduce
Sun. October 24th Disc Golf and Hiking October 13th Introduce
Sat. October 30th Day Hike in Boone October 20th Introduce
Sat. October 30th Halloween Night Hike October 20th Introduce
Sat. November 6th-Sun. November 7th Zipline and Hike in Asheville October 27th Introduce
Sat. November 13th Winter Day Hike November 3rd Introduce
Sun. November 14th Indoor Rock Climbing November 3rd Introduce