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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Weekend Sea Kayaking Trip @ Anclote Key - Tarpon Springs, FL

Friday, February 23rd, 2018 – Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Cost $45
Capacity 8
Includes Transportation, equipment, food, and instruction
Sign-Up Period January 24th, 2018 – February 15th, 2018
Pre-Trip Meeting Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Sign-up in the Outdoor Adventure Center starts: Wednesday, January 24 at 2:00 PM
REQUIRED Pre-Trip Meeting (for those who register) is Wednesday, February 21 from 6:00-8:00 PM -- wear a bathing suit for a pool session

Anclote Key, an island just north of Tampa, is the location of our weekend sea kayaking trip. Here, students will have the opportunity to explore the west coast of Florida on a three-day trip and learn the basics of sea kayaking from our trip leaders.

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*WAIT LIST ONLY* Georgia Backpacking Trip @ FDR State Park - Pine Mountain, GA

Friday, March 2nd, 2018 – Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Cost $50
Capacity 7
Includes Transportation, equipment, food, and instruction
Sign-Up Period January 30th, 2018 – February 26th, 2018
Pre-Trip Meeting Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Sign-up in the Outdoor Adventure Center starts: Tuesday, January 30 at 6:00PM
REQUIRED Pre-Trip Meeting (for those who register) is Thursday, February 22 at 4:00PM

Pine Mountain is a rarity when it comes to the flat topography found south of Atlanta, Georgia. Standing at 1,300 feet, this location provides participants with beautiful scenery and overlooks along the trail without having to deal with any major elevation gain. Students will have the opportunity to learn about water filtration, hanging bear bags, and how to pack a backpack properly; all while enjoying forested trails, climbing over rocks, and the occasional break alongside the cascades of FDR State Park.

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Utah National Park Road Trip @ Utah, USA

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 – Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Cost $400
Capacity 12
Includes Food, instruction, equipment
Sign-Up Period November 27th, 2017 – February 9th, 2018
Pre-Trip Meeting Friday, February 9th, 2018

Join Outdoor Adventure for a road trip through The Mighty 5 National Parks in Utah! From looping orange bluffs in Arches to experiencing an International Dark Sky Park in Canyonlands, we will be spending a day in each of the national parks and camping every night. You can expect to be hiking in each of the locations and learning about the history of the different parks we visit along with technical skills like navigation and setting up camp. Students will gain experience with group dynamics, problem solving, and trip planning. Below we have included our basic itinerary:

March 10 (Saturday) - Everyone will book their own flights into Salt Lake City, UT
March 11 (Sunday) - Arches National Park
March 12 (Monday) - Canyonlands National Park
March 13 (Tuesday) - Capitol Reef National Park
March 14 (Wednesday) - Escalante-Grand Staircase Monument
March 15 (Thursday) - Bryce Canyon National Park
March 16 (Friday) - Zion National Park
March 17 (Saturday) - Fly back to Orlando International Airport

Come into the Outdoor Adventure Center (first floor of the RWC) for more information and to sign up for this trip for only $400!*

Contact Rachel Skeen at Rachel.Skeen@ucf.edu with any questions

*Flights are not included in the cost of this trip. Participants should not book any flights until trip is confirmed by Outdoor Adventure Trips Lead. Payments include an initial $100 deposit.

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Suwannee River Canoeing and Camping @ Suwannee River - Live Oak, FL

Friday, March 23rd, 2018 – Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Cost $40
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, food, and instruction
Sign-Up Period February 8th, 2018 – March 19th, 2018
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, March 19th, 2018

Sign-up in the Outdoor Adventure Center starts: Thursday, February 8 at 2:00PM
REQUIRED Pre-Trip Meeting (for those who register) is Monday, March 19 at 6:30PM

Made famous by Florida's state song "Old Folks at Home", this wild river provides canoers with wide waterways to paddle and opportunities to encounter abundant wildlife as they learn paddling strokes and camp along the river at designated campsites.

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Yoga and Hiking @ Little Big Econ State Forest, FL

Saturday, March 24th, 2018 – Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation and instruction
Sign-Up Period February 8th, 2018 – March 20th, 2018
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, March 19th, 2018

Sign-up in the Outdoor Adventure Center starts: Thursday, February 8 at 2:00PM
REQUIRED Pre-Trip Meeting (for those who register) is Monday, March 19 at 6:00PM

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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SCUBA Trip @ Epcot - Orlando, FL

Thursday, March 29th, 2018 – Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Cost $150
Capacity 8
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period February 16th, 2018 – March 23rd, 2018
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Sign-up in the Outdoor Adventure Center starts: Friday, February 16 at 6:00PM
REQUIRED Pre-Trip Meeting (for those who register) is Tuesday, March 27 at 6:00PM

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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Birding and Hiking @ Orlando Wetlands Park - Christmas, FL

Saturday, March 31st, 2018 – Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Cost $10
Capacity 8
Includes Transportation and instruction
Sign-Up Period February 16th, 2018 – March 27th, 2018
Pre-Trip Meeting Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Sign-up in the Outdoor Adventure Center starts: Friday, February 16 at 6:00PM
REQUIRED Pre-Trip Meeting (for those who register) is Thursday, March 29 at 6:00PM

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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Surfing and Camping @ Ormond Beach, FL

Friday, April 6th, 2018 – Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Cost $30
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, food, and instruction
Sign-Up Period March 7th, 2018 – April 2nd, 2018
Pre-Trip Meeting Friday, March 30th, 2018

Sign-up in the Outdoor Adventure Center starts: Wednesday, March 7 at 2:00PM
REQUIRED Pre-Trip Meeting (for those who register) is Friday, March 30 at 6:00PM

Participants will have the opportunity to camp within a 10-minute drive of Ormond Beach, where we will spend the morning and afternoon surfing and learning more techniques. Tomoka State Park is a good introductory campsite for those who don't have a lot of camping experience!

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Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard Trip @ Banana River - Cocoa Beach, FL

Sunday, April 8th, 2018 – Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period March 7th, 2018 – April 3rd, 2018
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Sign-up in the Outdoor Adventure Center starts: Wednesday, March 7 at 2:00PM
REQUIRED Pre-Trip Meeting (for those who register) is Tuesday, April 3 at 6:00PM

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 paddleboarding where experienced trip leaders will teach you how to stand and paddle!

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Evening Hike @ Hal Scott Regional Preserve - Orlando, FL

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 – Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Cost $10
Capacity 8
Includes Transportation and instruction
Sign-Up Period March 21st, 2018 – April 9th, 2018
Pre-Trip Meeting Monday, April 9th, 2018

Sign-up in the Outdoor Adventure Center starts: Wednesday, March 21 at 6:00PM
REQUIRED Pre-Trip Meeting (for those who register) is Monday, April 9 at 6:00PM

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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Comb Jelly Night Paddle @ Indian River, FL

Saturday, April 14th, 2018 – Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 12
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period March 21st, 2018 – April 9th, 2018
Pre-Trip Meeting Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Sign-up in the Outdoor Adventure Center starts: Wednesday, March 21 at 6:00PM
REQUIRED Pre-Trip Meeting (for those who register) is Wednesday, April 11 at 6:00PM

Similar to our bioluminescent night paddle trip, participants will enjoy a late-night kayak tour through Mosquito Lagoon during the comb jelly season. These North American comb jellyfish are oval-shaped animals that push themselves through the water with comb-like plates that disperse light, creating a shimmering glow effect.

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Learn to Surf I @ Ormond Beach, FL

Sunday, April 15th, 2018 – Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 16
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period March 21st, 2018 – April 10th, 2018
Pre-Trip Meeting Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Sign-up in the Outdoor Adventure Center starts: Wednesday, March 21 at 6:00PM
REQUIRED Pre-Trip Meeting (for those who register) is Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00PM

As our most popular trip,  students will have the opportunity to spend the day at Tom Renick Park in Ormond Beach where our trip leaders will take them through surf instruction on the beach before hitting the waves and trying the skills out on the provided boards. For only $15, this trip includes transportation, instruction, and a day on the beach soaking up Florida sunshine!

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Learn to Surf II @ Ormond Beach, FL

Saturday, April 21st, 2018 – Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 16
Includes Transportation, equipment, and instruction
Sign-Up Period March 21st, 2018 – April 17th, 2018
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Sign-up in the Outdoor Adventure Center starts: Wednesday, March 21 at 6:00PM
REQUIRED Pre-Trip Meeting (for those who register) is Tuesday, April 17 at 6:00PM

As our most popular trip, students will have the opportunity to spend the day at Tom Renick Park in Ormond Beach where our trip leaders will take them through surf instruction on the beach before hitting the waves and trying the skills out on the provided boards. For only $15, this trip includes transportation, instruction, and a day on the beach soaking up Florida sunshine!

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Adaptive Surf Trip @ Ormond Beach, FL

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 – Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Cost $15
Capacity 8
Includes Equipment and instruction
Sign-Up Period March 7th, 2018 – April 16th, 2018
Pre-Trip Meeting Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Sign-up in the Outdoor Adventure Center starts: Wednesday, March 7 at 2:00PM
REQUIRED Pre-Trip Meeting (for those who register) is Tuesday, April 17 at 6:00PM

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 with adaptive surfboards.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Andrea Snead at andrea.snead@ucf.edu (Adaptive and Inclusive Rec)
Rachel Skeen at Rachel.Skeen@ucf.edu (Outdoor Adventure - Adventure Trips)

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.