Adventure Trips


The Adventure Trips Program gives Knights an opportunity to explore our world through fun and enriching outdoor experiences. From 1-day excursions to week-long expeditions, Outdoor Adventure offers a variety of trips for current UCF students. All levels of experience are welcome!

ATTENTION: All trips are first-come, first-served through the UCF RWC app or the UCF RWC Membership Portal website. See the Adventure Trip Guidelines below for an overview on how to register.

All trips will open 2 weeks before the trip date (this includes some Saturday and Sunday openings) and will close on the day of the Pre-Trip Meeting. Adventure Trips are open to current UCF students only.

Trip Date: 1/15/2024

Trip Location: Crystal River, FL

Trip Cost: $15.00

Registration Opens: 1/1/2024 - 12:00PM

Registration Closes: 1/11/2024 - 4:00PM

Register for this trip in the UCF RWC app or through the UCF RWC Membership Portal website. All trips are now first-come, first-served. All trips will open 2 weeks before the first day of the trip. If the trip is full, you can register for the waitlist using the link above. 

Pre-Trip Date & Time: January 11, 6:30 PM

Trip Description: Come join Outdoor Adventure to kayak in Crystal River with one of Florida’s gentle giants, the manatee! Manatees seek for warmer and constant temperatures during the chilly winter months, making Florida springs in January the perfect place and time to see these kind and lovable creatures. During this trip, trip leaders will equip you with all the knowledge and gear to have a beautiful day on the water and make a new manatee friend. 

What’s Included:  All of our adventures include all necessary gear for the activity (including kayaks and dry bags), transportation to/from the activity, and professional guidance by OA Trip Leaders. All staff are certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, and most are certified Wilderness First Responders. 

What’s Not Included: Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal lunch/water/snacks. Meals are not provided. A full packing list will be provided at the Pre-Trip Meeting.

Trip Leaders: Polina, Raven, Brennon

Trip Dates: 1/27/2024

Trip Location: Citrus County Florida

Trip Cost: $15.00 

Registration Opens: 1/13/2024 - 12:00PM

Registration Closes: 1/23/2024 - 4:00PM

Register for this trip in the UCF RWC app or through the UCF RWC Membership Portal website. All trips are now first-come, first-served. All trips will open 2 weeks before the first day of the trip. If the trip is full, you can register for the waitlist using the link above. 

Pre-Trip Date & Time: January 23, 6:00 PM

Trip Description: Join Outdoor Adventure on a brand new kayaking and snorkeling trip created by our trip leaders!  In the language of the Seminole Indians, chassahowitzka means “pumpkin hanging place.” Once upon a time, there used to be small gourds hanging from the trees. The gourds have gone, but the name remains. Present day, Florida locals refer to the river as “The Chaz.” On this trip, you will kayak on crystal waters, snorkel and discover Florida flora and fauna, and meet new people!

What’s Included: All of our adventures include all necessary gear for the activity (including kayaks, PFDs, and snorkeling gear), transportation to/from the activity, and professional guidance by OA Trip Leaders. All staff are certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, and most are certified Wilderness First Responders. 

What’s Not Included: Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal lunch/water/snacks. Meals are not provided on this trip.  A full packing list will be provided at the Pre-Trip Meeting.

Trip Leaders: Galya and Kim 

Trip Date: 1/31/2024

Trip Location: Christmas, FL

Trip Cost: $10.00

Registration Opens: 1/17/2024- 12:00PM

Registration Closes: 1/25/2024-4:00PM

Register for this trip in the UCF RWC app or through the UCF RWC Membership Portal website. All trips are now first-come, first-served. All trips will open 2 weeks before the first day of the trip. If the trip is full, you can register for the waitlist using the link above. 

Pre-Trip Date & Time: January 25, 6:00 PM

Trip Description: Egg-citing news! Did you know that Florida has 539 different species of birds? Come join Outdoor Adventure to view and learn about our feathered friends. This trip will be hiking and exploring Orlando Wetlands Park, a local outdoor space with plentiful flora and fauna to explore. Outdoor Adventure Trip leaders will insure this trip is not unpheasant or hawkward! 

What’s Included:  All of our adventures include all necessary gear for the activity, transportation to/from the activity, and professional guidance by OA Trip Leaders. All staff are certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, and most are certified Wilderness First Responders. 

What’s Not Included: Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks. Meals are not provided. A full packing list will be provided at the Pre-Trip Meeting.

Trip Leaders: Nicole, Ruby

Trip Date: 2/9/24-2/11/24

Trip Location: TBA

Trip Cost: $60.00

Registration Opens: 1/17/24 - 12:00 PM

Registration Closes: 1/25/24 - 4:00 PM

Register for this trip in the UCF RWC app or through the UCF RWC Membership Portal website. All trips are now first-come, first-served. All trips will open 2 weeks before the first day of the trip. If the trip is full, you can register for the waitlist using the link above. 

Pre-Trip Date & Time: January 31 - 5:00 PM 

Trip Description: If you enjoy hiking, you may find yourself wanting to extend your experience in the great outdoors and go backpacking. During this OA Backpacking Trip, we will explore a beautiful destination while carrying our gear to camp for two nights. This is great way to get outdoors, get in a good work out, and really connect with nature! No experience is necessary, but the ability to carry 30-40 lbs while walking 15-20 miles is required. 

What’s Included:  All of our adventures include all necessary gear for the activity (including backpacks and camping gear), transportation to/from the activity, and professional guidance by OA Trip Leaders. All staff are certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, and most are certified Wilderness First Responders. Meals will be provided on this trip; all menus will take dietary restrictions/preferences and allergies into account. Occasionally, groups will eat at restaurants while traveling. These meals are not included in your trip cost. Your Trip Leaders will inform you of any meals not included in the trip price. 

What’s Not Included: Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks. A full packing list will be provided at the Pre-Trip Meeting.

Trip Leaders: Polina, Jack

wekvia springs paddlingTrip Date: 2/17/2024-2/18/2024

Trip Location: Silver Springs, FL

Trip Cost: $50.00

Registration Opens: 2/3/2024-12:00PM

Registration Closes: 2/13/2024-4:00PM 

Register for this trip in the UCF RWC app or through the UCF RWC Membership Portal website. All trips are now first-come, first-served. All trips will open 2 weeks before the first day of the trip. If the trip is full, you can register for the waitlist using the link above. 

Pre-Trip Date & Time: February 13 - 6:00 PM

Trip Description: As one of America’s largest springs, Silver Springs in Florida has crystal clear water, an interesting ecosystem of rivers and channels, and a huge variety of plants and wildlife. In our opinion, Silver Springs is also one of the most beautiful places for kayaking in Florida. There is nothing like paddling on lazy teal water, cradling in between huge canopies of trees. If we’re lucky, we may even spot some monkeys in the trees and manatees under the water! We’ll follow up our full day of paddling with a comfortable night’s sleep under the same canopy of trees.

What’s Included:  All of our adventures include all necessary gear for the activity (including watercraft, dry bags, and camping gear), transportation to/from the activity, and professional guidance by OA Trip Leaders. All staff are certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, and most are certified Wilderness First Responders. Meals will be provided on this trip; all menus will take dietary restrictions/preferences and allergies into account. Occasionally, groups will eat at restaurants while traveling. These meals are not included in your trip cost. Your Trip Leaders will inform you of any meals not included in the trip price. 

What’s Not Included: Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks. A full packing list will be provided at the Pre-Trip Meeting.

Trip Leaders: Isabella, Kim

Trip Date: 3/2/24-3/3/24

Trip Location: Titusville, FL

Trip Cost: $0

Registration Opens: 2/16/2024 -12:00PM

Registration Closes: 2/26/2024 - 4:00PM

Register for this trip in the UCF RWC app or through the UCF RWC Membership Portal website. All trips are now first-come, first-served. All trips will open 2 weeks before the first day of the trip. If the trip is full, you can register for the waitlist using the link above. 

Pre-Trip Date & Time: February 26 - 5:00 PM

Trip Description: Join Outdoor Adventure and the National Park Trust for a FREE kayaking and camping adventure to our local National Seashore! Kayaking through Canaveral National Seashore, you might have the chance to see a variety of wildlife, such as dolphins, manatees and different types of birds! Canaveral National Seashore is the longest stretch of undeveloped Atlantic coastline in Florida. After a day of paddling, spend the night camping on one of the islands while watching the orange sunset fade into nighttime. Join us on an adventure of a lifetime, led by our Outdoor Adventure Trip staff.

 

What’s Included:  All of our adventures include all necessary gear for the activity and professional guidance by OA Trip Leaders. All staff are certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, and most are certified Wilderness First Responders. Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks. A full packing list will be provided at the Pre-Trip Meeting. Meals will be provided on this trip; all menus will take dietary restrictions/preferences and allergies into account. Occasionally, groups will eat at restaurants while traveling. These meals are not included in your trip cost. Your Trip Leaders will inform you of any meals not included in the trip price. 

What’s Not Included: Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks. Meals are not provided. A full packing list will be provided at the Pre-Trip Meeting.

Trip Leaders: Nicole, Julia, Cody

Two black goats surround a yoga student while she does a baby pose at Wildflower Farms.Trip Date: 3/8/2024

Trip Location: Orlando, FL

Trip Cost: $20.00

Registration Opens: 2/23/2024 -12:00 PM 

Registration Closes: 3/4/2024 - 4:00PM

Register for this trip in the UCF RWC app or through the UCF RWC Membership Portal website. All trips are now first-come, first-served. All trips will open 2 weeks before the first day of the trip. If the trip is full, you can register for the waitlist using the link above. 

Pre-Trip Date & Time: March 4 - 6:00 PM

Trip Description: Do you like yoga? How about goats? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, this trip is for you! We’ll spend the morning being instructed by a professional yoga instructor and exploring our inner yogi! While doing yoga, you might be lucky enough to have a goat jump on your back in tabletop pose! So come join us on this unique and fun experience!

What’s Included:  All of our adventures include all necessary gear for the activity (including yoga mats), transportation to/from the activity, and professional guidance by OA Trip Leaders. All staff are certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, and most are certified Wilderness First Responders. 

What’s Not Included: Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks. Meals are not provided. A full packing list will be provided at the Pre-Trip Meeting.

Trip Leaders: Julia, Alexia

Florida Trail Service. Students use tools to clean up a trail.Trip Dates: 3/9/24

Trip Location: Webster, FL

Trip Cost: Free

Registration Opens: 2/24/2024 -12:00PM

Registration Closes: 3/6/2024 - 4:00PM

Register for this trip in the UCF RWC app or through the UCF RWC Membership Portal website. All trips are now first-come, first-served. All trips will open 2 weeks before the first day of the trip. If the trip is full, you can register for the waitlist using the link above. 

Pre-Trip Date & Time: March 6 - 6:00 PM

Trip Description: Did you know that we have our very own National Scenic Trail right here in Florida? Similar to the Appalacian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, the Florida Trail spans 1,500 miles from the bottom of Everglades to the top of the panhandle. While we won’t be tackling the whole trail on this trip, we will get to help maintain a section close to campus! Join us on this free trip to learn more about the Florida Trail and get your hands dirty to help improve our local resources! 

What’s Included:  All of our adventures include all necessary gear for the activity (including saws, safety glasses, and safety vests), transportation to/from the activity, and professional guidance by OA Trip Leaders. All staff are certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, and most are certified Wilderness First Responders. 

What’s Not Included: Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks. Meals are not provided. A full packing list will be provided at the Pre-Trip Meeting.

Trip Leaders: Morgan, Ailliy

QUICK FACTS

  • Destination: Costa Rica - San Jose, La Fortuna, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Jaco Beach, Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Activities: hiking, surfing, camping, and more!
  • Price: $600 + airfare
  • Application Deadline: 2/14/24
  • Apply Here! 

LOCATION

Despite its small size, Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world with volcanoes, wildlife, rainforests, and beaches to explore. This expedition will take us from the cultural sites of the country’s capital city San Jose, to the dense rainforest of Arenal Volcano and Monteverde Cloud Forest, down to the world-class surfing break at Jaco Beach, and finally into the incredible Manuel Antonio National Park to see all the wildlife Costa Rica has to offer.

WEATHER

March offers warm, sunny weather in Costa Rica, with highs ranging from 85°F to 95°F and lows between 75°F and 85°F. March falls in Costa Rica's “dry” season, but we will always be prepared!

COST

The total cost of the trip is $600, not including round-trip airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica. OA will provide all necessary group gear, meals, transportation while in the country, activity fees, and all lodging fees. Participants are responsible for airfare and personal clothing, including close-toed athletic shoes.

TRIP EXPECTATIONS

This is not a luxury trip - we will be camping in rural areas with limited amenities. We will be hiking in the rainforest, swimming in waterfalls, horseback riding to Arenal Volcano, and surfing a world-class break. Prepare for delicious food, breathtaking views, and intentional moments of joy. No experience is required.

PARTICIPANT EXPECTATIONS

We are looking for individuals who are interested in exploring a diverse and rustic natural environment, excited to learn and connect with the local community, and open to getting out of their comfort zone. Participants MUST have a current passport. We expect all participants to be interested in learning more about themselves and their leadership abilities.

To be eligible for the trip, you must:

  1. Have a current passport
  2. Complete the application
  3. Interview with Trip Leaders
  4. Agree to purchase your airfare and necessary personal gear

Trip Date: 4/6/2024-4/7/2024

Trip Location: TBA

Trip Cost: $60.00

Registration Opens: 3/23/2024 - 12:00PM

Registration Closes: 4/1/2024 - 4:00PM

Register for this trip in the UCF RWC app or through the UCF RWC Membership Portal website. All trips are now first-come, first-served. All trips will open 2 weeks before the first day of the trip. If the trip is full, you can register for the waitlist using the link above. 

Pre-Trip Date & Time: April 1 - 6:00 PM

Trip Description: Spend the day paddling around a local destination, followed by a night camping under the Florida moon. More details will be added soon!

What’s Included:  All of our adventures include all necessary gear for the activity (including canoes, PFDs, camping gear, etc), transportation to/from the activity, and professional guidance by OA Trip Leaders. All staff are certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, and most are certified Wilderness First Responders. Meals will be provided on this trip; all menus will take dietary restrictions/preferences and allergies into account. Occasionally, groups will eat at restaurants while traveling. These meals are not included in your trip cost. Your Trip Leaders will inform you of any meals not included in the trip price. 

What’s Not Included: Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks. A full packing list will be provided at the Pre-Trip Meeting.

Trip Leaders: Cody, Brennon

fishingTrip Date: 4/13/24

Trip Location: Cape Canaveral, FL

Trip Cost: Free

Registration Opens: 3/30/2024 -12:00PM

Registration Closes: 4/8/2024 - 4:00PM

Register for this trip in the UCF RWC app or through the UCF RWC Membership Portal website. All trips are now first-come, first-served. All trips will open 2 weeks before the first day of the trip. If the trip is full, you can register for the waitlist using the link above. 

Pre-Trip Date and Time: April 8 - 6:00 PM

Trip Description:  Join Outdoor Adventure and the National Park Trust for a FREE kayaking and fishing adventure! On this trip, we will explore the beautiful Indian River Lagoon for try our luck with inshore fishing. Packed full of grassy sea beds, mangroves, and salt marshes, this fishery attracts large numbers of baitfish such as shrimp and mullet. Where there are baitfish, there are bigger fish! All fish we catch will be released. 

What’s Included: All of our adventures include all necessary gear for the activity (including fishing gear, watercraft, etc) transportation to/from the activity, and professional guidance by OA Trip Leaders. All staff are certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, and most are certified Wilderness First Responders. Lunch will be provided on this trip; we will take dietary restrictions/preferences and allergies into account. 

What’s Not Included: Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks. A full packing list will be provided at the Pre-Trip Meeting.

Trip Leaders: Nicole, Julia, Brennon

Trip Date: 4/14/24

Trip Location: Santos Trailhead, FL

Trip Cost: $20.00

Registration Opens: 3/31/2024 - 12:00PM

Registration Closes: 4/8/2024 - 4:00PM

Register for this trip in the UCF RWC app or through the UCF RWC Membership Portal website. All trips are now first-come, first-served. All trips will open 2 weeks before the first day of the trip. If the trip is full, you can register for the waitlist using the link above. 

Pre-Trip Date and Time: April 8  - 7:00 PM

Trip Description: You’ll enjoy this trip whether you’re just learning to mountain bike or you’ve been shredding for years. Santos Trailhead, located in Ocala National Forest, is a mountain biking destination in this area and there’s plenty of singletrack for all levels of riders. OA Trip Leaders will teach you the basics and lead you through miles of trails on this trip.  

What’s Included:  All of our adventures include all necessary gear for the activity (including mountain bikes and helmets), transportation to/from the activity, and professional guidance by OA Trip Leaders. All staff are certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, and most are certified Wilderness First Responders. 

What’s Not Included: Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks. Meals are not provided. A full packing list will be provided at the Pre-Trip Meeting.

Trip Leaders: Galya, Jack, Raven

Student taking goat yoga at Wildflower Farms in Orladno Florida. Black goat looks on as student performs a pose.Trip Date: 4/19/24

Trip Location: Orlando, FL

Trip Cost: $20.00

Registration Opens: 4/5/2024 - 12:00PM

Registration Closes: 4/16/2024 - 4:00PM

Register for this trip in the UCF RWC app or through the UCF RWC Membership Portal website. All trips are now first-come, first-served. All trips will open 2 weeks before the first day of the trip. If the trip is full, you can register for the waitlist using the link above. 

Pre-Trip Date & Time: April 16 - 6:00 PM

Trip Description: Do you like yoga? How about goats? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, this trip is for you! We’ll spend the morning being instructed by a professional yoga instructor and exploring our inner yogi! While doing yoga, you might be lucky enough to have a goat jump on your back in tabletop pose! So come join us on this unique and fun experience!

What’s Included:  All of our adventures include all necessary gear for the activity (including yoga mats), transportation to/from the activity, and professional guidance by OA Trip Leaders. All staff are certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, and most are certified Wilderness First Responders. 

What’s Not Included: Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks. Meals are not provided. A full packing list will be provided at the Pre-Trip Meeting.

Trip Leaders: Eli, Ruby, Ailliy

Florida Trail Service. Students use tools to clean up a trail.Trip Date: 4/21/24

Trip Location: TBA

Trip Cost: Free

Registration Opens: 4/7/2024 - 12:00PM

Registration Closes: 4/17/2024 - 4:00PM 

Register for this trip in the UCF RWC app or through the UCF RWC Membership Portal website. All trips are now first-come, first-served. All trips will open 2 weeks before the first day of the trip. If the trip is full, you can register for the waitlist using the link above. 

Pre-Trip Date & Time: April 17 - 6:00 PM

Trip Description: Join us for a rewarding day of trail service in our local community to celebrate Earth Day! Together we will learn how the trails we love to hike on are created and maintained, and what goes into making sure they are safe for all of us to enjoy!

What’s Included: All of our adventures include all necessary gear for the activity (including saws, safety glasses, and safety vests), transportation to/from the activity, and professional guidance by OA Trip Leaders. All staff are certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, and most are certified Wilderness First Responders. 

What’s Not Included: Participants should wear athletic clothing, appropriate footwear, and bring personal water/snacks. Meals are not provided. A full packing list will be provided at the Pre-Trip Meeting.

Trip Leaders: Morgan, Alexia

ATTENTION: We've updated our Adventure Trip registration process! 

Adventure Trips are open to current UCF students only. All trips are first-come, first-served through the UCF RWC app or the UCF RWC Membership Portal website. All trips will open 2 weeks before the trip date (this includes some Saturday and Sunday openings) and will close on the day of the Pre-Trip Meeting. 

To register online, please follow these steps:  

UCF RWC App:

  1. Open the UCF RWC app on your phone or tablet.
  2. Click on "Outdoor Adventure"
  3. Click on the trip you want to register for.
  4. Click "Register Now" and sign in using your UCF NID and NID password.
  5. Review the trip information; confirm that you will be available for the trip dates and the Pre-Trip meeting.
  6. If the trip registration window is open, click "Register."
    1. If the trip is full, you can add yourself to the waitlist. If someone drops from the trip, we will reach out to the waitlist in order.
  7. Follow all prompts and respond correctly/completely.
  8. Enter your payment information and click submit!
  9. You will receive a follow-up email with your receipt, details about the mandatory Pre-Trip meeting, and trip guidelines.  

UCF RWC Membership Portal Website:

  1. Go to the UCF RWC Membership Portal website.
  2. Click on the Adventure Trip you want to register for.
  3. Review the trip information; confirm that you will be available for the trip dates and the Pre-Trip meeting.
  4. Click "Sign In" under Program Offerings. Sign in using your UCF NID and NID password.
  5. If the trip registration window is open, click "Register."
    1. If the trip is full, you can add yourself to the waitlist. If someone drops from the trip, we will reach out to the waitlist in order.
  6. Follow all prompts and respond correctly/completely.
  7. Enter your payment information and click submit!
  8. You will receive a follow-up email with your receipt, details about the mandatory Pre-Trip meeting, and trip guidelines.  

Trip Cost

  • The majority of our trips fall within the $5-$30 range. Our weekend trips can sometimes range from $40-$65. The longer the trip is, the more preparation required, and how much Outdoor Adventure is able to subsidize determines the cost.

What's Included

  • We include all necessary equipment and professional guiding on all of our trips. All overnight (and some day) trips include food, water, and snacks too!
  • All participants should wear clothing appropriate for participating in physical activity outdoors (Trip Leaders will provide a packing list) and bring a personal water bottle and snacks you enjoy.
  • All Trip Leaders are either First Aid/CPR/AED Certified or Wilderness First Responders.

At this time, transportation is available for all participants on all Outdoor Adventure trips. Participants will meet at the Outdoor Adventure Center in the RWC on the day of the trip at a time designated by Trip Leaders. Trip Leaders will drive the group to the destination in our Ford 12-Passenger Vans or Ford Expedition.

Participants are allowed to drive themselves if preferred. Participants who drive themselves will meet at a designated location on the day of the trip. 

We do not issue refunds in most cases. 

Trip deposit or the total cost is required to hold a spot on the trip roster. We will contact individuals in the order we receive Adventure Trip Registration forms and/or individual register in person. Full payment for trips is required by the trip sign-up deadline posted for the trip or your spot will be given to someone on the waiting list. All trip costs are non-refundable, except in the following events: 

  1. RWC Outdoor Adventure Trips program cancels a trip due to weather, insufficient participation, or destination availability issues. 
  2. Extenuating circumstances as determined by Outdoor Adveture Assistant Director.

We host short Pre-Trip Meeting before every trip to review the trip plan and program expectations. These meetings give you the opportunity to get involved in the planning and ask questions. 

Pre-Trip Meetings are mandatory and will be hosted in person in the Outdoor Adventure Center (unless otherwise stated). You must be available for the pre-trip meeting date to attend the trip. If you do not attend the pre-trip meeting, you may be dropped from the trip without a refund. 

Drugs, alcohol, and firearms are prohibited on all Outdoor Adventure Trips and programs. Some environments are very sensitive, so there may be additional restrictions as needed. 

Alcohol, drugs, and firearms can make the backcountry a very dangerous place. You put not only yourself at risk, but also other trip participants and leaders. If you bring substances or dangerous materials, you may be immediately removed from the trip and sent to Student Conduct upon return to UCF.