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 may pay online or in person at the Koury business operations office (Koury 101). Registration closes 10 days before each trip or when the trip fills. 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 2020

Registration opens at 8am on August 19th

Dates Trip Registration Deadline Skill Level
Sat. August 29th Pedal and Paddle at Lake Macintosh August 22nd Introduce
Sat. September 5th Day Hike at Cane Creek Mountain August 26th Introduce
Sun. September 6th Hike and Disc Golf at Cedarock Park August 26th Introduce
Sat. September 12th Haw River Kayak September 2nd Introduce
Sat. September 19th Stand Up Paddleboarding at Lake Brandt September 9th Learn
Sun. September 20th Mountain Biking September 9th Introduce
Sat. September 26th Horseback Riding and Hiking September 16th Learn
Fri. September 25th-Sun. September 27th Zipline and Explore Asheville September 16th Introduce
Sat. October 3rd-Sun. October 4th Hike and Explore Boone September 23rd Introduce
Sun. October 4th Day of Environmental Service September 30th Introduce
Fri. October 9th-Sun. October 11th Hang Gliding and Surfing in the Outer Banks September 30th Learn
Fri. October 9th-Sun. October 11th Backpacking and Canoeing in Merchant’s Millpond State Park September 30th Learn
Fri. October 16th-Sun. October 18th Backpacking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park October 7th Practice
Sat. October 24th-Sun. October 25th Canoeing in Devils Fork State Park October 14th Learn
Sun. October 25th Mountain Biking October 14th Learn
Sat. October 31st Day Hike at Stone Mountain October 21st Introduce
Sun. November 1st Outdoor Rock Climbing October 21st Introduce
Fri. November 6th-Sun. November 8th Backpacking at Chimney Rock State Park October 28th Learn
Sat. November 14th Winter Day Hike November 4th Introduce