Spring 2018 Trips

Get outside to enjoy nature, develop outdoor skills, and learn respect the environment by enrolling in an Outdoor Program trip. Adventure trips planned this year include hiking, canoeing, camping, caving, rock climbing, stargazing, climbing, rappelling, and canoeing.

Register for an OP Trip Online with RecTrac

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

Trip Details

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!

  • Time: 8 AM - 8 PM; Saturday, January 27
  • Location: Hocking Hills State Park, OH
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, January 22
  • Per Person Cost: $30 Students, $35 Fac/Staff, $40 Community
  • Activities Involved: Hiking
  • Experience Level: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Moderate
  • Clothing Recommendation: Warm winter clothes (layers are recommended), good shoes (traction), gloves and hat (recommended), wool socks are best
  • Equipment Provided: None needed

Additional Information

  • Meals Provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: N/A/Participants may bring snacks and/or lunch if desired.
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by OP staff.
  • Maximum Participant Number: 8
  • Minimum Participant Number: 6
  • Pre-Trip Meeting Date, Time and Location: Tuesday, Feb 13 @ 6:00PM in the OP Office 
  • Leader Contacts:
    Hannah Tomor: htomor@bgsu.edu
    David Linsky: linskyd@bgsu.edu

Looking for a new and fun way to challenge yourself? How does ice climbing sound? Join the Outdoor Program in climbing the closest thing to a glacier or frozen waterfall as we tackle two large towers of ice in Southern Michigan.

  • Time: 10 AM - 9 PM; Sunday, February 11
  • Location: Peabody Ice Climbing Club, Fenton, MI
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, February 5
  • Per Person Cost: $75 Students, $80 Fac/Staff, $85 Community
  • Activities Involved: Climbing
  • Experience Level: Previous rock climbing experience suggested but not required
  • Physical Demand Level: High
  • Clothing Recommendation: Winter clothes (waterproof boots! winter coat, snow pants, double layer of socks (wool is best), waterproof gloves, hat)
  • Equipment Provided: All gear is provided at the site

Additional Information

  • Meals Provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: N/A/ Participants may bring snacks and/or lunch if desired.
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by OP staff.
  • Maximum Participant Number: 8
  • Minimum Participant Number: 6
  • Pre-Trip Meeting Date, Time and Location: Tuesday, February 6 @ 6 in the SRC Climbing wall
  • Leader Contacts:
    Thomas Worsham: tworsha@bgsu.edu

Rachel Crowl: racrowl@bgsu.edu

 

Join the Outdoor Program on a fun adventure to recapture your youth on this trip to Pokagon State Park in Indiana. We'll be tackling the quarter mile frozen toboggan run, at speeds near 40 miles per hour. Afterwards, participants will have the opportunity to partake in other winter activities such as hiking and cross country skiiing around the scenic park.

  • Time: 9 AM - 6 PM; Saturday, February 17
  • Location: Pokagon State Park
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, February 12
  • Per Person Cost: $35 Students, $40 Fac/Staff, $45 Community
  • Activities Involved: Tobogganing, hiking/snowshoeing, cross country skiing
  • Experience Level: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Mild - moderate
  • Clothing Recommendation: Warm winter clothes (layers are recommended), gloves and hat, warm shoes/boots, wool socks are best
  • Equipment Provided: All gear is provided at the site

Additional Information

  • Meals Provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: N/A/ Participants may bring snacks and/or lunch if desired.
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by OP staff.
  • Maximum Participant Number: 8
  • Minimum Participant Number: 6
  • Pre-Trip Meeting Date, Time and Location: Tuesday, Feb 13 @ 6:00PM in the OP Office
  • Leader Contacts:
    Hannah Tomor: htomor@bgsu.edu
    David Linsky: linskyd@bgsu.edu

A hidden gem buried beneath central Ohio, lies "America's most colorful caverns". Escape the uncertain early spring weather of Bowling Green and enter the constant 54 degree air in this beautiful cavern. We'll follow that up with an outdoor hike in the area to enjoy the best of what's above-ground as well!

  • Time: 8:30 AM - 5 PM; Saturday, March 24
  • Location: Ohio Caverns, Liberty, OH
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, March 19
  • Per Person Cost: $40 Students, $45 Fac/Staff, $50 Community
  • Activities Involved: Caving, and hiking
  • Experience Level: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Mild (60 stairs to exit)
  • Clothing Recommendation: Cave will be 54 degrees, dress appropriately, make sure to wear shoes with good traction
  • Equipment Provided: None needed

Additional Information

  • Meals Provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: N/A/ Participants may bring snacks and/or lunch if desired.
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by OP staff.
  • Maximum Participant Number: 8
  • Minimum Participant Number: 6
  • Pre-Trip Meeting Date, Time and Location: Upon completion of registration with payment, participants receive an email including information and additional documentation.  
  • Leader Contacts:
    David Linsky: linskyd@bgsu.edu

Samantha Sanders: slsaman@bgsu.edu

Located in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, Seneca Rocks is best known for multi-pitch traditional climbs and beautiful scenery. Friday and Sunday will be primarily travel days, sandwiched by a full day of climbing on Saturday. Two nights of camping are also included, so don't miss this fun adventure.

  • Time: 5 PM Friday April 13 – 2 PM Sunday April 15
  • Location: Seneca Rocks, WV
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, April 9
  • Per Person Cost: $75 Students, $80 Fac/Staff, $85 Community
  • Activities Involved: Climbing, rappelling, camping and hiking
  • Experience Level: Previous rock climbing experience required
  • Physical Demand Level: High
  • Clothing Recommendation: Layers of tops/jackets, rain jacket, shorts/pants (synthetic materials, rather than cotton), Hiking boots, backpack
  • Equipment Provided: All gear is provided at the site

Additional Information

  • Meals Provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: 1 (Sat. dinner), participants provide others
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by OP staff.
  • Maximum Participant Number: 8
  • Minimum Participant Number: 6
  • Pre-Trip Meeting Date, Time and Location: Tues, Apr. 10 @ 6 PM SRC Climbing Wall
  • Leader Contacts:
    Thomas Worsham: tworsha@bgsu.edu

Rachel Crowl: racrowl@bgsu.edu

For the first time, the large body of water on the BGSU golf course (next to I-75) is available for this local Outdoor Program canoeing event! Come enjoy an hour of relaxing spring canoeing without having to leave campus. All equipment is provided, so grab a friend or let us pair you with a new one.

  • Time: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM; Saturday, April 14
  • Location: Golf Course Pond, BGSU Campus
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, April 9
  • Per Person Cost: $10 Students, $12 Fac/Staff, $15 Community
  • Activities Involved: Canoeing
  • Experience Level: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Mild to Moderate
  • Clothing Recommendation: Jacket, hat, pants (extra clothes just in case you get wet)
  • Equipment Provided: Canoes, oars, personal floatation devices

Additional Information

  • Meals Provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: N/A/ Participants may bring snacks if desired.
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by OP staff.
  • Maximum Participant Number: 8
  • Minimum Participant Number: 6
  • Pre-Trip Meeting Date, Time and Location: Upon completion of registration with payment, participants receive an email including information and additional documentation.  
  • Leader Contacts:
    Kyle Szwajkos: kyleps@bgsu.edu

Samantha Sanders: slsaman@bgsu.edu

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 to a certified dark sky park, Observatory Park, for two nights of star gazing and tent camping. Daytime activities include some light hiking in the scenic park area.

  • Time: 5 PM Friday April 20 – 2 PM Sunday April 22
  • Location: Chardon, OH
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, April 16
  • Per Person Cost: $70 Students, $75 Fac/Staff, $80 Community
  • Activities Involved: Stargazing, camping and hiking
  • Experience Level: None
  • Physical Demand Level: Low
  • Clothing Recommendation: Layers of tops/ jackets, rain jacket, shorts/pants (synthetic materials rather than cotton), Hiking boots, day pack
  • Equipment Provided: Sleeping bags and pads, and camp stove

Additional Information

  • Meals Provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: 1 (Sat. dinner), participants provide others
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by OP staff.
  • Maximum Participant Number: 8
  • Minimum Participant Number: 6
  • Pre-Trip Meeting Date, Time and Location: ***
  • Leader Contacts:
    Samantha Sanders: slsaman@bgsu.edu

Rachel Crowl: racrowl@bgsu.edu

While you won't likely see loons on the BGSU Golf Course lake by I-75, you can take advantage of this "lunar opportunity" to check out the full moon while on the water. Come enjoy an hour of spring canoeing without having to leave campus. All equipment is provided, so grab a friend or let us pair you with a new one.

  • Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM; Friday, April 27
  • Location: Golf Course Pond, BGSU Campus
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, April 23
  • Per Person Cost: $15 Students, $17 Fac/Staff, $20 Community
  • Activities Involved: Canoeing
  • Experience Level: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Mild to Moderate
  • Clothing Recommendation: Jacket, hat, pants (extra clothes just in case you get wet)
  • Equipment Provided: Canoes, oars, personal floatation devices

Additional Information

  • Meals Provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: N/A/ Participants may bring snacks if desired.
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by OP staff.
  • Maximum Participant Number: 8
  • Minimum Participant Number: 6
  • Pre-Trip Meeting Date, Time and Location: Upon completion of registration with payment, participants receive an email including information and additional documentation.  
  • Leader Contacts:
    Kyle Szwajkos: kyleps@bgsu.edu

Hannah Tomor: htomor@bgsu.edu

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.