Spring 2020 Trips

Activities by the Outdoor Program with the exception of the Freshman Wilderness Experience, are canceled due to the University's proactive response efforts to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus. For more information refer to BGSU's Novel Coronavirus Webpage.  

Get Outside and Enjoy Nature

Develop outdoor skills, and learn respect for the environment by enrolling in an Outdoor Program trip. Adventure trips typically planned include hiking, canoeing, camping, caving, rock climbing, stargazing, climbing, rappelling, and canoeing.

Physical Demand Levels

  • Mild - Casual walking, not strenuous
  • Moderate - Provides more of a challenge but doable for almost everyone
  • Vigorous - Much more strenuous, but some may enjoy the opportunity and extra challenge

Who can go on the trips?

All BGSU students, faculty and staff are eligible, along with any other intereted participants who are at least 18 years of age. 

Do I need to have experience in the type of trip being offered (climbing, canoeing, hiking, etc.)?

Almost all Outdoor Program trips allow for everyone from the first time novice, through an experienced participant, to enjoy the outing. Specific information is provided on the Trips page in advance of the departure date. 

What is the difficulty level of these trips?

Most Outdoor Program trips are of a low to moderate difficulty level. Information is available on the Trips page, listing the difficulty level as: low, moderate or high.

What equipment does the Outdoor Program provide?

For overnight trips the Outdoor Program provies tents, sleeping pads and bags, stoves, pans and other camping equipment. Canoes/kayaks, personal floatation devices (PFD) and paddles are provided for water activities. The Outdoor Program also provides all ropes, harnesses, shoes, helmets and other equipment for climbing and/or rappelling trips. All other equipment (such as day backpacks, cameras, water bottles, etc.) is provided by participants, with recommendations from Outdoor Program staff. 

What clothing should I wear and pack for changes in weather?

Participants provide their own clothing. Each trip varies based on type of activity, season, ect. Specific information is provided on the Trips page in advance of the departure date.

How far away are these trips and when do we leave and return?

Each trip lists the distance to destination, along with anticipated travel time. 

What transportation is provided?

For off-campus trips, the Outdoor Program will provide van transportation driven by trained staff. 

What about food and meals on the trip?

The Outdoor Program provides dinner at the campsite for overnight trips. All other food at restaurant stops while traveling, along with breakfast, lunches and snacks on the trip are provided and paid for by participants. The Outdoor Program staff will make recommendations on types and quantities of food to pack. 

What does overnight camping include?

Part of the fun of being outdoors is experiencing nature, so most sites used by the Outdoor Program are classified as "primitive". Sites typically have space for Outdoor Program tents, with nearby access to water and "pit" toilets.

How do I register and pay for a trip?

All participants can register and pay at the Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk or the Perry Field House.

How do I get prepared for the trip?

Paperwork and additional information is supplied via email and/or a pre-trip meeting held on the BGSU campus. Specific information is provided on the Trips page in advance of the departure date.

What would cause a trip to be cancelled?

Trips will take place unless a minimum number of participants is not reached by the deadline. Weather or other travel issues/advisories could delay or cancel a trip. Cancellations will be comunicated to participants as far in advanced as possible.

Examples of Outdoor Program Trips

The list of trips from Spring 2020 below is reflective of typical locations and details of trips conducted by the BGSU Outdoor Program. Fall 2020 trip details will be listed here when they become available.

Upon registering for a trip, participants receive an email with additional information including date, time, and location of a pre-trip meeting.   

Come take advantage of this truly amazing natural hidden treasure of Ohio, Hocking Hills State Park. During the Winter months the park is transformed into a winter wonderland filled with frozen waterfalls. Come join the OP for a day filled with exploring the Cliffs and Falls of Hocking Hills, all in time to make it home to your warm beds!

  • Start Time: 8 AM, Saturday
  • Estimated Return Time: 8 PM, Sunday
  • Location: Hocking Hills State Park [Logan, OH]
  • One-way mileage and/or drive time: 181 miles, 3 hours
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, February 7
  • Per Person Cost: $30 Students, $35 Fac/Staff, $40 Community
  • Activities Involved: Hiking
  • Experience Required: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Moderate
  • Clothing Recommendation/Equipment: Warm winter clothes (layers are recommended), good shoes (traction), gloves and hat (recommended), wool socks are best

Additional Information

  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by OP staff
  • Maximum Participant Number: 8
  • Minimum Participant Number: 6
     

Want a break from classes? Join the Outdoor Program at Boston Mills/Brandywine Creek for a day of skiing. Transportation, skis and lift tickets will be provided but some experience is recommended.

  • Start Time: TBD, Saturday
  • Estimated Return Time:  TBD, Saturday
  • Location: Boston Mills/Brandywine Creek
  • One-way mileage and/or drive time: 79.7 miles; 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, February 14
  • Per Person Cost: $130 Students, $140 Fac/Staff, $155 Community
  • Activities Involved: Skiing
  • Experience Required: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Mild to moderate
  • Clothing/Equipment Recommendation: Layers of tops/jackets, long underware (synthetic materials, rather than cotton), ski or snow pants
  • Equipment Provided: Transportation

Additional Information

  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by OP staff
  • Maximum Participant Number: 8
  • Minimum Participant Number: 6
     

Did you hear something in the trees? It may have been an owl! Spend a night with the outdoor program and Toledo Metroparks learning about the Oak Openings region and experience winter camping in one of the most interesting places in Wood County.

  • Start Time: 4 PM, Saturday
  • Estimated Return Time: 12 PM, Sunday
  • Location: Oak Openings
  • One-way mileage and/or drive time: 26.7 miles, 30 minutes
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, February 28
  • Per Person Cost: $20 Students, $22 Fac/Staff, $24 Community
  • Activities Involved: Night hike
  • Experience Required: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Mild
  • Clothing/Equipment Recommendation: Winter clothes (boots! thick coat, pants, double layer of socks (wool is best), gloves, hat)
  • Equipment Provided: Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cookware

Additional Information

  • Meals Provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: 1 dinner
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by OP staff
  • Maximum Participant Number: 8
  • Minimum Participant Number: 6
     

Have you ever seen the Milky Way? What about a sky with more stars than you could possibly count? Join this trip as we head east for two nights of star gazing and tent camping. Daytime activities include some light hiking in the scenic park area.

  • Start Time: TBD, Friday
  • Estimated Return Time:  TBD, Saturday
  • Location: Chardon. OH
  • One-way mileage and/or drive time: 144 miles, 2 hours 28 minutes
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, March 20
  • Per Person Cost: $70 Students, $75 Fac/Staff, $80 Community
  • Activities Involved: Camping, hicking, stargazing
  • Experience Required: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Mild
  • Clothing/Equipment Recommendation: Warm layers, boots, wool socks, rain layers
  • Equipment Provided: Transportation, camping equipment, cooking equipment

Additional Information

  • Meals Provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: 1 dinner
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by OP staff
  • Maximum Participant Number: 8
  • Minimum Participant Number: 6
     

Did you know there was mountain biking in northwest Ohio? The Outdoor Program will be travelling to Oak Openings to learn mountain biking skills. Beginners and experienced cyclists are welcome! Price includes bike and helmet.

  • Start Time: 9 AM, Saturday
  • Estimated Return Time:  5 PM, Saturday
  • Location: Oak Openings
  • One-way mileage and/or drive time: 26.7 miles; 30 minutes
  • Registration Deadline: Saturday, April 11
  • Per Person Cost: $22 Students, $25 Fac/Staff, $30 Community
  • Activities Involved: Mountain biking
  • Experience Required: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Vigorous
  • Clothing/Equipment Recommendation: Weather may be cold. Dress for physical activity and in clothes you would not mind getting dirty or damaged. Closed toe shoes are required and pants are recommended.
  • Equipment Provided: Bikes and helmets

Additional Information

  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by OP staff
  • Maximum Participant Number: 8
  • Minimum Participant Number: 6
     

Climbing the world around is a fun and challenging activity. Grand Ledge, Michigan offers an easy and accessible climnbing destination for those with all levels of climbing experince. This will be a one day trip so sign up today!

  • Start Time: TBD, Saturday
  • Estimated Return Time: TBD, Saturday
  • Location: Grand Ledge, MI
  • One-way mileage and/or drive time: 148 miles, 2 hours 14 minutes
  • Registration Deadline: Sunday, April 12
  • Per Person Cost: $30 Students, $32 Fac/Staff, $35 Community
  • Activities Involved: Rock climbing
  • Experience Required: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Vigorous
  • Clothing/Equipment Recommendation: Athletic clothing, warm layers
  • Equipment Provided: Climbing equipment

Additional Information

  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by OP staff
  • Maximum Participant Number: 8
  • Minimum Participant Number: 6
     

Spend a weekend climbing in one of the premier climbing destinations in the world! No experience is required and all neseccary climbing equipment is provided.

  • Start Time: TBD, Friday
  • Estimated Return Time: TBD, Sunday
  • Location: Red River Gorge
  • One-way mileage and/or drive time: 314 miles, 4 hours 39 minutes
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, April 17
  • Per Person Cost: $80 Students, $85 Fac/Staff, $90 Community
  • Activities Involved: Rock climbing, hiking, camping
  • Experience Required: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Vigorous
  • Clothing/Equipment Recommendation: Warm layers, athletic clothing, shoes that can get dirty or muddy
  • Equipment Provided: Climbing equipment, camping equipment

Additional Information

  • Meals Provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: 1 dinner
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by OP staff
  • Maximum Participant Number: 8
  • Minimum Participant Number: 6
     

Patrons and guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if special services, assistance, or appropriate modifications are needed to fully participate. Contact Accessibility Services at access@bgsu.edu or 419.372.8495 prior to the program or event.