Fall 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

Looking for a fun way to kick off the semester? Join the Outdoor Program as we paddle the various lakes of Pinckney State Recreation Area. This backcountry style canoeing trip is a great way to explore the beautiful landscape of a southern Michigan gem. 

  • Time: 8 AM Saturday through 8 PM Sunday
  • Location: Pinckney State Recreation Area, MI
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, September 17
  • Per Person Cost: $45 Students, $50 Fac/Staff, $55 Community
  • Activities Involved: Canoeing and Camping
  • Experience Level: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Mild
  • Clothing Recommendation: Jacket, gloves, hat, pants (extra clothes just in case you get wet)
  • Equipment Provided: Canoes, paddles, personal flotation devices

Additional Information

  • Meals Provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: Saturday Dinner/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 registration, participants receive an email with complete documentation and information
  • Leader Contacts:
    Thomas Worsham: tworsha@bgsu.edu
    Kent Maki: kmaki@bgsu.edu

Get your week started with a fun canoeing trip under the light of a full moon. Bring a friend or make a new one while you're canoeing and enjoy the soothing sounds of the river.

  • Time: 7 PM - 11 PM; Saturday or Sunday, September 24 or 25
  • Location: Farnsworth Mertropark, Waterville, OH
  • Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 19
  • Per Person Cost: $20 Students, $25 Fac/Staff, $30 Community
  • Activities Involved: Canoeing
  • Experience Level: Previous canoeing experience preferred, but not required
  • Physical Demand Level: Mild
  • Clothing Recommendation: Jacket, gloves, hat, patns (extra clothes just in case you get wet)
  • Equipment Provided: Canoes, paddles, personal flotation devices

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 registratio, participants receive an email with complete details and information
  • Leader Contacts:
    Hannah Tomor: htomor@bgsu.edu
    Rachel Crowl: racrowl@bgsu.edu
    David Linsky: linskyd@bgsu.edu
    Samantha Sanders: slsaman@bgsu.edu

The OP is heading to Ohiopyle for a day of river running. This trip offers an intermediate level of rafting with instruction as part of the course. Those seeking aquatic fun and excitement, join us for an adrenaline rushyou won't forget!

  • Time: 5 AM - 9 PM; Saturday, September 29
  • Location: Ohiopyle, PA
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, September 24
  • Per Person Cost: $98 Students, $105 Fac/Staff, $112 Community
  • Activities Involved: Whitewater Rafting
  • Experience Level: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Vigorous
  • Clothing Recommendation: Wet suit/swimsuit, change of clothes
  • Equipment Provided: Rafts, paddles, personal flotation devices

Additional Information

  • Meals Provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: Lunch/ Participants may bring snacks and/or lunch if desired.
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by OP staff.
  • Maximum Participant Number: 16
  • Minimum Participant Number: 11
  • Pre-Trip Meeting Date, Time and Location: Upon registration, participants receive an email with complete information and instructions
  • Leader Contacts:
    Hannah Tomor: htomor@bgsu.edu
    Kent Maki: kmaki@bgsu.edu
    Mikayla Mueller: mikaybm@bgsu.edu
    Christian McKnight: cmcknig@bgsu.edu

Stretching 80 miles between Detroit and Bowling Green is a swath of sandy soil housing sand dunes up to 25 feet tall, vast wet prairies and numerous rare organisms! This journey explores different parks in the area to hike and experience what makes this amazing corridor of land worth learning about and protecting.

  • Time: 9 AM - 6 PM; Sunday, September 30
  • Location: Various parks around NW Ohio
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, September 24
  • Per Person Cost: $15 Students, $20 Fac/Staff, $25 Community
  • Activities Involved: Hiking interspersed with short drives
  • Experience Level: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Mild
  • Clothing Recommendation: Hiking boots or comfortable shoes, shorts/pants, t-shirt, and other attire based on the weather
  • 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
    Lauren Hunn: lhuhn@bgsu.edu

Have you ever seen the Milky Way with your naked eye? What about a sky with more stars than you could possibly count? Join the Outdoor Program for a trip to Northern Michigan as we venture to Headlands International Dark Sky Park for two nights of star gazing. We'll further explore the area via some hiking. 

  • Time: 6 PM, Friday, October 5 - 6 PM, Sunday, October 7
  • Location: Wilderness State Park and Headlands International Dark Sky Park
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, October 1
  • Per Person Cost: $75 Students, $80 Fac/Staff, $85 Community
  • Activities Involved: Hiking and observing the night sky, astrophotography for camera buffs [camera not required]
  • Experience Level: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Mild
  • Clothing Recommendation: DSLR or other high quality camera (optional), warm clothing, water bottle(s), hiking boots/shoes, swim suit, jacket/coat, headlamp, hammock (optional)
  • Equipment Provided: Tent, stoves and cookware, sleeping bag and pad

Additional Information

  • Meals Provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: One 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: Upon registration and receipt of payment, participants receive an email with complete information
  • Leader Contacts:
    Christian McKnight: cmcknig@bgsu.edu
    Samantha Sanders: slsaman@bgsu.edu

Join us as we hike the multiple trails in this tranquil, serene park that is home to multiple awesome destinations. The various waterfalls, gorges, and caves of Hocking Hills will make you forget you're still in Ohio. The overnight camping is a new addition, for a whole new perspective of the park and offers a chance to visit the new observatory nearby.

  • Time: 6 PM, Friday, October 12 - 6 PM, Sunday, October 14
  • Location: Hocking Hills, OH
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, October 8
  • Per Person Cost: $60 Students, $65 Fac/Staff, $70 Community
  • Activities Involved: Hiking and camping
  • Experience Level: Any
  • Physical Demand Level: Mild to Moderate
  • Clothing Recommendation: Shorts or long pants, comfortable shoes/boots, water bottles, outerwear based on current weather conditions
  • Equipment Provided: Tent, stoves and cookware, sleeping bag and pad

Additional Information

  • Meals Provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: One dinner/ Participants provide other food and snacks.
  • 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:
    Mikayla Mueller: mikaybm@bgsu.edu
    Thomas Worsham: tworsha@bgsu.edu

Test yourself and explore one of the best climbing locations east of the Mississippi River, complete with numerous routes fit for any level climber. The Red is a great place for anyone to climb, whether you've never climbed before or have been climbing for years. The Outdoor Program brings all the gear neccesary and help show participants some great routes in the area.

  • Time: 6 PM, Friday, October 19 – 6 PM, Sunday, October 21
  • Location: Slade, KY
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, October 15
  • Per Person Cost: $70 Students, $75 Fac/Staff, $80 Community
  • Activities Involved: Camping, climbing, and rappelling
  • Experience Level: None
  • Physical Demand Level: Mild to moderate
  • Clothing Recommendation: Layers of tops/jackets, shorts/pants (synthetic materials, rather than cotton), hiking boots
  • Equipment Provided: Tent, stoves and cookware, sleeping bag and pad, climbing shoes, harnesses, rope, carabiners, ATCs

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: Upon receipt of registration and payment, participants are emailed complete information
  • Leader Contacts:
    Rachel Crowl: racrowl@bgsu.edu
    Noah Betz: nbetz@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.