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! Sign up for our trips at the Outdoor Adventure Center.

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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Florida Backpacking @ Charles Bronson State Forest, FL

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Cost $30
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, food, and instruction
Sign-Up Period September 15th, 2017 – October 13th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Sign-ups open at 12:00pm on Friday, September 15

The Charles Bronson State Forest section of the Florida National Scenic Trail used to be used for agriculture and cattle grazing, so don't be surprised when you see cows along the trail! Participants will have plenty of learning opportunities including water filtration, setting up camp, navigating on the trail, and cooking while camping.

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SCUBA Trip @ Epcot

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Cost $150
Capacity 9
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period October 6th, 2017 – October 20th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Friday, October 20th, 2017

Sign-ups open at 12:00pm on Friday, October 6

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 27th, 2017

Cost $30
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, food, and instruction
Sign-Up Period October 6th, 2017 – October 20th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Sign-ups open at 12:00pm on Friday, October 6

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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Introduction to Mountain Biking @ Ocala, FL

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Cost $20
Capacity 8
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period October 6th, 2017 – October 20th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Sign-ups open at 12:00pm on Friday, October 6

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 introduction for anyone looking to try mountain biking for the 1st time!

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Yoga and Hiking @ Little Big Econ State Forest, FL

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation and instruction
Sign-Up Period October 13th, 2017 – October 27th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Friday, October 27th, 2017

Sign-ups open at 12:00pm on Friday, October 13

Less than 30 minutes from campus, Little Big Econ State Forest is home to more than 5,000 acres of forests and cypress swamps along the Econlockhatchee River. This trip will take participants on a hike along the top edge of bluffs that overlook the water, ending at the banks of the Econ River for a yoga flow and lunch break before turning back around and hiking out of the forest along the same trail.

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Cumberland Island Backpacking @ Cumberland Island, GA

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Cost $45
Capacity 8
Includes Transportation, equipment, food, and instruction
Sign-Up Period October 13th, 2017 – November 3rd, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, October 30th, 2017

Sign-ups open at 12:00pm on Friday, October 13

Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island is home to pristine forests, undeveloped beaches, wide marsh areas, fascinating history lessons, and is also the location of one of our most popular backpacking trips. Our trip will depart from the mainland by ferry and spend the weekend exploring the island where participants will hike along forested trails and beaches alike, seeing wild horses grazing on the nearby grasses and learning about the island's history along the way!

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Veterans Kayaking Day @ Silver River - Ocala, FL

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period October 13th, 2017 – November 3rd, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Sign-ups open at 12:00pm on Friday, October 13

Silver River is one of the only places in Florida where you can kayak past monkeys in the wild! Originally brought over from Asia in 1930 as a tourist attraction, the rhesus monkeys have since escaped the small island and now have a population estimated at more than 200! Participants will paddle along the crystal clear water of the river, spotting this exotic species as well as more local wildlife along the way. This trip is geared towards UCF students who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Day Hike @ Black Bear Wilderness - Sanford, FL

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Cost $10
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation and instruction
Sign-Up Period November 7th, 2017 – November 24th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Sign-ups open at 6:00pm on Tuesday, November 7

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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Birding and Hiking @ Orlando Wetlands Park - Christmas, FL

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Cost $10
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation and instruction
Sign-Up Period November 7th, 2017 – November 24th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Friday, December 1st, 2017

Sign-ups open at 6:00pm on Tuesday, November 7

Participants will hike through one of the best birding locations in Florida while experienced trip leaders share their knowledge along the route of some of the 220 bird species within Orlando Wetlands Park. The trail weaves among different marshland compartments that are a part of one of the largest constructed wetland treatment systems built to date.

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Bahamas Sailing Expedition @ Bahamas

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Cost $900
Capacity 14
Includes Food, instruction, equipment
Sign-Up Period July 17th, 2017 – September 15th, 2017
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Sailing Adventure in the Bahamas is a 6-day live-aboard learning adventure. The group (12-14 participants) will live aboard two sailboats as part of the crew with the captain and mate. As members of the crew, the group will take part in sailing the boat, navigation, preparing meals, and other activities needed to run the boat. No experience is necessary. We guide students in learning the skills needed to get the boat from place to place. Everyone will take part in hoisting, trimming and taking down the sails, steering, tacking, anchoring, navigating and general safety on board. Students can also learn to identify the abundant sea life and will gain a renewed appreciation for reef and ocean ecology. Students will have opportunities to lead the group and will gain experience with group dynamics, conflict resolution and problem solving.

*Flights are not included in the cost of this trip. Participants should not book any flights until trip is confirmed by Outdoor Adventure Graduate Assistant. Payments include an initial $100 deposit and two separate payments of $395.

General Itinerary
Day 1: Board the vessels in Marsh Harbour; orientation; sail or motor to first anchorage; swim and snorkel review; Dinner
Day 2-5: Days begin with breakfast followed by introduction to sailing, introduction to navigation and sailing instruction.
• Each day, the group will help to sail the boats to one of the Abaco Cays and/or one of the coral reefs.
• Most days include snorkeling, visits to local settlements, swimming, fishing and exploring.
• Visits include all or most of the following cays and possibly others: Man O War Cay, Great Guana Cay; Elbow Cay and Hopetown; Matt Lowes Cay; Lynyard Cay. Some favorite stops include snorkeling at the Fowl Cay Reef national preserve, climbing the historic Hope Town Lighthouse (built in 1862) for the unbeatable view, and visiting the traditional boat-building settlement of Man-O-War Cay.
• Each night is spent on board anchored near one of the Abaco Cays. The final night is spent back in Marsh Harbour.
Day 6: Breakfast; packing; departures.

Contact Kevin Buchanan at kevin.buchanan@ucf.edu with any questions.

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.