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.

MANDATORY PRE-TRIP MEETINGS
All trip participants are REQUIRED to attend the scheduled pre-trip meeting for each trip they are registered for. The information presented and group development that occurs during the pre-trip meeting is important to the safety and success of the trip. Failure to attend the pre-trip meeting(s) will result in forfeiture of your spot on the trip and your payment for the trip.

All pre-trip meetings will be held at 8:00 PM in the Outdoor Adventure Center on the scheduled dates listed with each trip. Any differences or variations will be communicated to registered trip participants by the trip leader.

LOCATION
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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Surfing, Service, and Camping @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Friday, September 20th, 2019 – Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Cost $40
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, instruction, tent lodging, meals, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019
Sign-Up Period August 26th, 2019 – September 13th, 2019

***CAN NOT HAVE FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES***

Learn to surf with us! OA will teach you the basics of surfing, no experience necessary!

We will be camping for two nights at Sebastian Inlet State park near Melbourne Beach. You'll spend your days surfing and chilling at the beach and evenings cooking by the fire and hanging out under the stars. This is also a very special weekend because it falls on International Coastal Clean Up Day! On Coastal Clean Up Day in 2018 over 20 million pounds of trash were collected by 789,000 volunteers. As a group we'll give back to our community and oceans by cleaning up trash along the intercoastal and Atlantic beaches.

To learn more about International Coastal Clean Up Day visit https://oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/international-coastal-cleanup/

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OA DT - Hiking and Yoga @ Dickson Azalea Park

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 – Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Cost $10
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period August 26th, 2019 – September 16th, 2019

This trip is especially catered to UCF Downtown students. Dickson Azalea Park is a lush historical park in the heart of Orlando. It features azalea flowers, bird baths, and ancient oak trees. Come enjoy a relaxing walk and yoga session with us!

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Whitewater Rafting and Hiking @ Columbus,GA

Friday, September 27th, 2019 – Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Cost $45
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, tent lodging, meals, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period September 4th, 2019 – September 20th, 2019

***CAN NOT HAVE FRIDAY CLASSES***

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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Bioluminescent Night Paddle @ Indian River, FL

Friday, September 27th, 2019 – Friday, September 27th, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period September 6th, 2019 – September 20th, 2019

Join OA for one of our favorite trips that we offer! During the warm summer months the waters of Florida's Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon come alive with single-celled microorganisms called dinoflagellates. Every movement in the water produces light which is known as bioluminescence!

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Bioluminescent Night Paddle @ Indian River, FL

Saturday, September 28th, 2019 – Saturday, September 28th, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period September 6th, 2019 – September 20th, 2019

Join OA for one of our favorite trips that we offer! During the warm summer months the waters of Florida's Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon come alive with single-celled microorganisms called dinoflagellates. Every movement in the water produces a sold-light called bioluminescence!

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Bioluminescent Night Paddle @ Indian River, FL

Sunday, September 29th, 2019 – Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period September 6th, 2019 – September 20th, 2019

Join OA for one of our favorite trips that we offer! During the warm summer months the waters of Florida's Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon come alive with single-celled microorganisms called dinoflagellates. Every movement in the water produces light which is known as bioluminescence!

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Learn to Surf and Kiteboard Demo @ Ormond Beach

Saturday, October 5th, 2019 – Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period September 9th, 2019 – September 27th, 2019

Learn to surf at Ormond Beach, just north of Daytona Beach! OA will teach you the basics of surfing, no experience necessary! There will also be a kiteboard demo where UCF kiteboarders will show you how to set-up and use kiteboard equipment.

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Canoeing Day Trip @ ***TBA***

Sunday, October 6th, 2019 – Sunday, October 6th, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period September 9th, 2019 – September 27th, 2019

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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OA DT - Nature and Mindfulness @ Harry P. Leu Gardens

Monday, October 7th, 2019 – Monday, October 7th, 2019

Cost $0
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period September 13th, 2019 – October 4th, 2019

This trip is especially catered to UCF Downtown students.
Join us for a relaxing walk through Leu Gardens, a 50 acre botanical oasis. Harry P. Leu Gardens features a rose garden, several varieties of bromeliads, and stunning camellias. This trip incorporates mindfulness exercises where we take the opportunity to recenter ourselves before diving into the rest of the school week.

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Cumberland Island Backpacking @ St. Marys, Georgia

Friday, October 11th, 2019 – Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Cost $40
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, tent lodging, meals, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period September 13th, 2019 – October 4th, 2019

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. Natives, missionaries, enslaved African Americans and Wealthy Industrialists all walked here. There are also wild ponies on the island!

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Kayak Day Trip @ Juniper Springs

Saturday, October 12th, 2019 – Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period September 13th, 2019 – October 4th, 2019

Participants will embark on a paddling adventure down the beautiful clear waters of Juniper Springs. This 7 mile paddle will be a relaxing way for students to experience some of the wildlife our state has to offer, including turtles, fish, birds!

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Bilingual Day Hike @ Black Bear Wilderness

Sunday, October 13th, 2019 – Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Cost $0
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period September 13th, 2019 – October 4th, 2019

To celebrate Hispanic history month OA is excited to have our first bilingual adventure! Experienced trip leaders who are fluent in both Spanish and English will be guiding you through the stunning Black Bear Wilderness. Black Bear Wilderness Trail is a new hiking location in the community that provides a 7.1-mile loop along the St.Johns River. This hike is mostly shaded and overlooks marshes, canals, and occasional views of the river. Participants will hike through a combination of sturdy boardwalks and forested sections with tricky roots and steep drop-offs, something unique to Florida hiking.

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Sea Kayaking @ Cayo Costa Island

Friday, October 18th, 2019 – Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Cost $60
Capacity 10
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, instruction, tent lodging, meals, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019
Sign-Up Period September 20th, 2019 – October 11th, 2019

Cayo Costa Island is a beautiful barrier island off the Gulf Coast of Southern Florida. We'll be kayaking out to the island, passing through mangrove forests along the way! As we kayak each day we'll have the opportunity to possibly paddle near dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, and egrets. The island itself is famous for it's snowy, untouched beaches and hiking trails that weave through Floridian tropical canopy. Come join us on this overnight adventure!

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Morning Mindfulness Hike @ Little Big Econ State Forest

Sunday, October 20th, 2019 – Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Cost $10
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period September 20th, 2019 – October 11th, 2019

Little Big Econ is a stunning treasure close to home! This relaxing hike will take you under oak and pine canopies as you follow the winding Econlockhatchee River. Throughout this trip we'll be incorporating some mindfulness exercises to help bring focus to your environment, body, and life.

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Disney Dive Quest @ Epcot

Thursday, October 24th, 2019 – Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Cost $160
Capacity 9
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, gear, and transportation. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period September 26th, 2019 – October 18th, 2019

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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Stargazing and Camping @ Kissimmee Prairie Preserve

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

Cost $40
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, tent lodging, meals, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019
Sign-Up Period September 27th, 2019 – October 18th, 2019

*** CAN NOT HAVE FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLASSES***
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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OSSM Alexander Springs Snorkeling @ Ocala, FL

Saturday, October 26th, 2019 – Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period September 27th, 2019 – October 18th, 2019

A broad and naturally gently sloped spring pool become a natural water park when visitors come to picnic, swim and snorkel at Alexander Springs. This trip takes participates snorkeling in this spring which boasts crystal clear water and is abundant with fish, wildlife and vegetation.

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OA DT - SUP in Winter Park Lakes @ TBA

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 – Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

Cost $10
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period October 7th, 2019 – October 25th, 2019

This trip is especially catered to UCF Downtown students. No stand-up paddleboarding experience necessary to enjoy this adventure! The greater Orlando area is home to over 100 lakes, teeming with largemouth bass, blue herons, and snapping turtles. As we weave our way through a series of interconnected lakes, we'll have the opportunity to view classic Floridian wetland ecosystems and traditional Orlando homes dating back to the early 1900s.

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding Day Trip @ Banana River, FL

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 – Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period October 7th, 2019 – October 25th, 2019

Banana River is a lagoon system that is located on the east coast of Florida which has a diverse habitat of drift algae, oyster bars, salt marshes, and mangrove swamps. This trip takes participants along a 3.5-mile route that ends in a paddle through a beautiful section of mangrove tunnels where trip leaders will teach about the life cycle of a mangrove tree. A great introductory trip to paddle boarding where experienced trip leaders will teach you how to stand and paddle!

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Bouldering and Camping @ Hospital Boulders, Alabama

Friday, November 8th, 2019 – Monday, November 11th, 2019

Cost $45
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, instruction, tent lodging, meals, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019
Sign-Up Period October 15th, 2019 – November 1st, 2019

***CAN NOT HAVE FRIDAY CLASSES***

Nestled in the forests just south of Chattanooga, Hospital Boulders boasts some of the best sandstone climbing in Alabama. Throughout the weekend we'll be bouldering, a form of climbing where the climber maneuvers on rocks under 20 feet without rope or harness. Our experienced leaders will safely instruct you on some key climbing techniques and get you onto some real rock throughout the weekend! All levels of climbers are welcome to join.

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Florida Trail Service Hike @ TBA

Friday, November 8th, 2019 – Friday, November 8th, 2019

Cost $0
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period October 11th, 2019 – November 1st, 2019

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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OA DT - Nature Walk @ Greenwood Urban Wetlands

Sunday, November 17th, 2019 – Sunday, November 17th, 2019

Cost $10
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019.
Sign-Up Period October 28th, 2019 – November 15th, 2019

This trip is especially catered to UCF Downtown students. Greenwood Urban Wetlands is a hidden oasis surrounded by ancient cypress trees. This 19-acre park is focused around a lake connected by multiple arching bridges, and is particularly beautiful in November when the oranges and yellows of autumn start to peek through.

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Myakka Backpacking @ Myakka River State Park

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

Cost $40
Capacity 12
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, instruction, tent lodging, meals, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019
Sign-Up Period October 28th, 2019 – November 15th, 2019

***CAN NOT HAVE FRIDAY CLASSES***

The Myakka River flows through 58 miles of pristine wetlands, prairies, and stunning oak hammocks. As we hike you'll gaze at ospreys resting in palm trees, turtles sunning themselves along the river banks, and maybe even glimpse a deer! Watch the sun set behind towering pine trees, and fall asleep under the stars. Take a break from your normal weekend and feel what it's like to live with only the essentials on your back!

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Thanksgiving Break Waterfall Hiking Trip @ Georgia

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 – Sunday, December 1st, 2019

Cost $0
Capacity 8
Includes Outdoor Adventure will provide experienced leaders, transportation, accommodation, meals, and gear. To participate, you must be a student enrolled in classes in Fall 2019
Sign-Up Period October 28th, 2019 – November 18th, 2019


***PRICE TBA***

On this special Thanksgiving trip, we'll be roadtripping to northern Georgia to view some of the most stunning waterfalls in the south! Each day will be spent hiking to a new waterfall while surrounded by the oranges, golds, and reds of fall leaves. On Thanksgiving we'll enjoy a feast in the great outdoors.

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New Zealand Expedition @ TBA

Friday, December 13th, 2019 – Friday, December 20th, 2019

Cost $0
Capacity 8
Includes OA will provide all necessary group gear, meals, transportation while in New Zealand, and all lodging fees. Participants are responsible for airfare and personal clothing, including hiking boots.
Sign-Up Period December 31st, 1969 – December 31st, 1969

***TRIP COST AND REGISTRATION DATES TBA***

Application & Registration
To be eligible for the trip, you must:
1. Complete your Release of Liability Waiver and Trip Policy Form
2. Complete the Health Form and have the Clearance Form filled out by your doctor (schedule a free physical at Student Health Services)
3. Complete the Google Form application: bit.ly/NorwayApp
4. Turn in all paperwork to the OAC.

We will schedule an individual interview after we receive all of your materials and invite people to register once the group is determined. This is not a first-come, first-served trip.

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.