Recreation and Wellness Center

The Outdoor Adventure Trips Program provides students an opportunity to enhance their experience at UCF by providing fun and enriching outdoor experiences. From 1-day excursions to week-long expeditions, Outdoor Adventures offers a variety of trips for students to choose from.

Even if you're new to the outdoors, the Trips Program has something for you. Experience the beauty of the Florida wilderness or travel to must-see destinations across the country; all while making new friendships and learning new skills. So if you're ready to rise with the sun, step out of your comfort zone and have an adventure you'll remember for a lifetime, sign up for a trip today!

HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Registration is *only* in person on a first-come, first-served basis at the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) during our open hours. To register, you must have a valid UCF ID. You can only register yourself. No online, phone, or email registrations are accepted. There is no way to "hold a spot" for any trips. There are no refunds.
Please see the Trips Policies for more information.

The OAC is room 154, located on the first floor of the Recreation and Wellness Center, just past the racquetball courts, down the long hallway, across from the RWC Wet Classroom and Men's locker room entrance to the lap pool.

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Alabama Caving Trip - FULL @ Alabama

Friday, January 18th, 2019 – Monday, January 21st, 2019

Cost $60
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, food, lodging, and gear.
Sign-Up Period December 3rd, 2018 – January 7th, 2019

******** YOU CANNOT HAVE FRIDAY CLASS ********

Join Outdoor Adventure on a once in life time caving experience. Participants will have the opportunity to experience absolute darkness in the cave as well as learn about the unique ecosystem.

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Stargazing and Camping @ Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Friday, January 25th, 2019 – Saturday, January 26th, 2019

Cost $30
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, food, lodging, and gear.
Sign-Up Period December 3rd, 2018 – January 23rd, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting January 23, 6:00pm **

* YOU CANNOT HAVE FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLASS *

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is the largest remaining stretch of Florida dry prairie. Not only does this location boast excellent birding opportunities, but its remoteness makes it one of Florida's finest spots for stargazing! Join Outdoor Adventure as we sleep under the stars and enjoy a relaxing night spotting constellations and learning how to cook food while camping.

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Transfer Student Day Hike @ Little Big Econ State Forest

Saturday, January 26th, 2019 – Saturday, January 26th, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period December 3rd, 2018 – January 23rd, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting January 23, 8:00pm**

Hike along a portion of the Florida National Scenic trail which crosses the entire state of Florida from Miami to Penascola and get to know your fellow transfer students at UCF! The trail will lead the hiker through a variety of ecosystems such as pine flatwoods, scrub, sandhill and the majestic oak-palm hammocks along the Econlockhatchee River. The trail provides many scenic views and a chance to see some wildlife.

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Cumberland Island Backpacking @ Cumberland Island, GA

Friday, February 1st, 2019 – Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Cost $45
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, food, lodging, and gear.
Sign-Up Period January 9th, 2019 – January 28th, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting January 28, 8:00pm**

******** YOU CANNOT HAVE FRIDAY CLASS ********

Come with OA and explore Cumberland Island, Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island and home to over 9,800 acres of congressionally designated Wilderness. Here we will backpack through pristine maritime forests and wide marshes, while exploring the history of the island.

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Evening Hike @ Hal Scott Preserve

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 – Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Cost $10
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period January 9th, 2019 – February 5th, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting February 5, 7:00pm **

* YOU CANNOT HAVE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLASS *

Come see the natural beauty of Hal Scott Preserve as we hike through pine flatwoods and other habitats right here in Orlando. After hiking in the daylight, we will enjoy a sunset through the towering pine trees and explore more in the dark.

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Historic St. Augustine Kayaking @ Anastasia State Park

Saturday, February 9th, 2019 – Sunday, February 10th, 2019

Cost $40
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, food, lodging, and gear.
Sign-Up Period January 10th, 2019 – February 1st, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting February 1, 6:30pm **

See, learn about, and experience the beautiful and historic St. Augustine from the water as we kayak just off the coast. You will have the chance to learn the basics of coastal kayaking and some of the history of the town. After a day on the water, enjoy a night of camping with us and a morning paddle before we head a short distance back to UCF.

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Canoe Day Trip @ Wekiva River, Katie's Landing

Sunday, February 17th, 2019 – Sunday, February 17th, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period January 18th, 2019 – February 12th, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting February 12, 8:30pm **

Take advantage of one of Florida's most popular destinations. This weekend we will be spending time on the water fed by some of our natural springs. We will start the paddle by pushing up stream, then take advantage of the currents and float downstream while enjoying some lunch on the water. Students will have the experience to see some of Florida's natural beauty.

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Canoe and Camp the Suwannee River @ Suwannee River

Friday, February 22nd, 2019 – Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Cost $30
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, food, lodging, and gear.
Sign-Up Period January 18th, 2019 – February 19th, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting February 19, 6:45pm **

******** YOU CANNOT HAVE FRIDAY CLASS ********

Explore a different part of Florida teeming with birds and other animals, dozens of natural springs, live oaks and cypress, sand bluffs, and beautiful camping spots as we paddle down a portion of the Suwannee River. The entire river winds peacefully through northern Florida, looping its way to the Gulf through country rich with culture, history, and wild lands. Spend a weekend learning the basics of canoeing and camping with us while enjoying the natural beauty of our home state!

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Introduction to Mountain Biking @ Ocala National Forest

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 – Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period January 24th, 2019 – February 21st, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting February 21, at 7-8pm**

Ocala National Forest offers a mountain biking trail that is different than any trail in Central Florida. With winding paths through forested areas, hills that provide beautiful views, and bluff drop offs that add a fun element to the ride, the Santos bike trail is a good trail for anyone looking to try mountain biking for the 1st or 11th time!

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Georgia Backpacking @ Pine Mountain, GA

Friday, March 1st, 2019 – Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

Cost $45
Capacity 7
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, food, lodging, and gear.
Sign-Up Period February 1st, 2019 – February 28th, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting TBA **

******** YOU CANNOT HAVE FRIDAY CLASS ********

Come adventure in Georgia and experience what life is like when everything you need is carried just in your backpack! You'll learn backpacking basics such as tent and camp setup, backcountry cooking, water filtration, and map reading. We'll trek through mountains, across fields and pine forests, and even see a waterfall!

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Birding and Hiking @ Orlando Wetlands Park

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 – Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period January 31st, 2019 – March 1st, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting March 1, 6:45pm **

Come see the abundance of wildlife at The Orlando Wetlands Park, one of the country's best birding locations. This trip will be a leisurely adventure filled with immeasurable beauty and engaging natural history knowledge.

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Spring Break: Catalina Island Backpacking @ Catalina Island, California

Saturday, March 9th, 2019 – Friday, March 15th, 2019

Cost $450
Capacity 7
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, food, lodging, and gear. Flights are not included.
Sign-Up Period January 24th, 2019 – February 28th, 2019

Spend your spring break backpacking 38 miles of the Trans-Catalina Trail on the beautiful Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California! The TCT winds up hills and down valleys offering spectacular views across the 42,000-acre Nature Preserve of the Catalina Island Conservancy. Learn the essentials of backpacking, camping, and backcountry cooking as we spend five days and six nights hiking and camping on the beaches and up in the hills.

Registration for extended trips requires a few more steps than our typical trips. Please contact Kevin.Buchanan@ucf.edu for more information on registering for this trip.

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SCUBA Trip @ Epcot Dive Quest

Thursday, March 28th, 2019 – Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Cost $150
Capacity 9
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period February 26th, 2019 – March 25th, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting March 25, 8:00pm **

* YOU CAN'T HAVE THURSDAY AFTERNOON CLASS *

Immerse yourself in a SCUBA experience that guarantees calm waters, no fighting with currents, complete visibility, and beautiful marine life. Disney's DiveQuest is an opportunity for students who are SCUBA certified to explore the saltwater tanks of the Caribbean Coral Reef in Epcot and swim with over 6,000 sea creatures.

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Whitewater Rafting and Hiking @ Chattahoochee River

Friday, March 29th, 2019 – Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Cost $60
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, food, lodging, and gear.
Sign-Up Period February 1st, 2019 – March 26th, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting March 26, 8pm**

******** YOU CANNOT HAVE FRIDAY CLASS *******
Known as the longest urban whitewater rafting in the world, the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, GA is most often described to be as "Wild as Colorado and Warm as Costa Rica". This is a 2.5 mile, man-made run which offers the perfect combination of fun and adventure that is unlike anything else on the east coast! After a day of whitewater excitement, we will spend the rest of our trip hiking in Providence Canyon State Park, dubbed as the "Little Grand Canyon" because of its steep-sided, colorful canyons of carved sandstone.

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Comb Jelly Night Paddle @ Indian River

Saturday, March 30th, 2019 – Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period February 28th, 2019 – March 26th, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting March 26, 6:00pm **

Participants will embark on a paddling adventure down the Mosquito Lagoon around sunset. As the sun goes down, the bioluminescent activity goes up! Keep your eyes open for glowing comb jelly fish!

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Learn to Surf @ Ormond Beach, FL

Sunday, March 31st, 2019 – Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 16
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period March 1st, 2019 – March 26th, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting March 26, at 7pm **

Learn to surf at Ormond Beach, just north of Daytona Beach! OA will teach you the basics of surfing, no experience necessary!

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Florida Trail Service Day @ Little Big Econ State Forest

Friday, April 5th, 2019 – Friday, April 5th, 2019

Cost $0
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period March 6th, 2019 – April 3rd, 2019

******************* FREE TRIP *******************

*** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting April 3, 7:00pm ***

******** YOU CANNOT HAVE FRIDAY CLASS ********

Join our crew and volunteer with the Florida Trail Association. Our Volunteer Work Parties are a fun and unique way for you to connect with Florida’s wildlands and play a role in maintaining and constructing our scenic footpath.

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Comb Jelly Night Paddle @ Titusville, FL

Friday, April 5th, 2019 – Friday, April 5th, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period March 6th, 2019 – April 4th, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting April 4, at 7pm**

Participants will embark on a paddling adventure down the Mosquito Lagoon around sunset. As the sun goes down, the bioluminescent activity goes up! Keep your eyes open for glowing comb jelly fish!

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Adaptive Learn to Surf @ TBD

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 – Saturday, April 6th, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 16
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period March 7th, 2019 – April 5th, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting TBD **

This trip is designed to provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to learn how to surf. Surfing provides a sense of freedom as well as, over time, the enhancement of overall balance, coordination, and sensory functioning. On this trip, the leaders will take students through surf instruction on the beach before getting in the water, where students will receive one-on-one lessons utilizing adaptive surfboards.

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Florida Keys Sea Kayaking Trip @ Florida Keys

Friday, April 12th, 2019 – Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Cost $50
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period February 20th, 2019 – April 9th, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting April 9, at 7pm **


******** YOU CANNOT HAVE FRIDAY CLASS ********

Come end your Spring Semester exploring the Florida Keys! You'll learn the basics of coastal kayaking as you paddle from island to island in crystal clear waters. Camp on white beaches amongst the palm trees, and relax as stars light up the night sky. You will have the chance to experience some of the stunning wildlife our state has to offer including turtles, fish, birds, and potentially even dolphins!

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Yoga and Hiking @ Little Big Econ State Forest

Saturday, April 13th, 2019 – Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period March 14th, 2019 – April 11th, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting April 11, at 6pm **

Enjoy Florida's unique terrain as you hike along the Econlockhatchee River! After a couple of miles, get ready for a relaxing and inspiring yoga flow on the river's sandy beach.

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Learn to Surf @ Ormond Beach, FL

Saturday, April 20th, 2019 – Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 16
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear.
Sign-Up Period March 21st, 2019 – April 17th, 2019

** Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting April 17, 8-9pm **

Learn to surf at Ormond Beach, just north of Daytona Beach! OA will teach you the basics of surfing, no experience necessary!

Assumption of Risk Statement

Participation in Recreation and Wellness Center programs is completely voluntary. Individuals participate at their own risk and assume responsibility for their own health and safety. The University of Central Florida and the Recreation and Wellness Center are not liable for injuries sustained during participation in a Recreation and Wellness Center sponsored activity. It is strongly recommended that all participants consult a physician and/or have a physical exam prior to participation. The University of Central Florida does not provide personal accident/health insurance. Therefore, participants are urged to secure their own insurance. You may suffer physical and/or mental injury from participating in these activities.