Fall 2017 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, and whitewater rafting, 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
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Fall 2017 Trips

Get your weekend started with a fun canoeing trip under the light of a full moon. Bring a friend to canoe with or make a new one and enjoy the soothing sounds of the river.

Trip Details

  • Time: 7 PM - 1 AM
  • Location: Maumee River (Toledo Area) | Environmental conditions could dictate a change of location and/or date.
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, September 4
  • Per Person Cost: $25 Students | $30 Faculty/Staff | $35 Community
  • Activities Involved: Canoeing
  • Experience Level: Some experience preferred, but not required
  • Physical Demand Level: Mild to Moderate
  • Clothing Recommendation: Jacket, gloves, hat, and pants. Pack extra clothes just in case you get wet. 
  • Equipment Provided: Canoes, oars, and personal flotation devices provided by the Outdoor Program.

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:
    Friday Trip - Hannah Tomor: htomor@bgsu.edu
    Saturday Trip - Kyle Szwajkos: kyleps@bgsu.edu

Hike the multiple trails in this tranquil, serene park that is home to multiple ecosystems. Birdwatching, nature, and peaceful water views all make this a valued trip away from campus life. The overnight camping is anew addition, for a whole new park perspective. 

Trip Details

  • Time: Noon Saturday - 1 PM Sunday
  • Location: Oak Openings (Whitehouse, OH)
    22 Miles/30 Minute Drive | https://metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/oak-openings/
  • Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 10
  • Per Person Cost: $25 Students | $30 Faculty/Staff | $35 Community
  • Activities Involved: Hiking and Camping
  • Experience Level: None
  • Physical Demand Level: Mild
  • Clothing Recommendation: Short or long pants, comfortable shoes/boots, water bottles, outerwear based on current weather conditions.
  • Equipment Provided: Tents, sleeping pads and bags, and stoves provided by the Outdoor Program.

Additional Information

  • Meals Provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: One dinner/Participants provide other food or snacks.
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by Outdoor Program 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 | Kyle Szwajkos - kyleps@bgsu.edu

Have you ever seen the Milky Way? What about a sky with more stars than you could possibly count? Join this trip to Northern Michigan and venture into Headlands International Dark Sky Park for two nights of star gazing. Daytime activities include some light hiking in the area.

Trip Details

  • Time: ~ 6PM Friday - ~ 4 PM Sunday
  • Location: Wilderness State Park and Headlands International Dark Sky Park
  • Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 17
  • Cost: BGSU Students - $70 | Facutly/Staff - $75 | Community - $80
  • Activity Involved: Hiking, Sky Observation, Astrophotography
  • Experience Level: None
  • Physical Demand Level: Mild to Moderate - Could be walking up and down many stairs and on sand dunes.
  • Clothing Recommendation: DSLR or other high quality camera, warm clothing, water bottles, hiking boots/shoes, swim suit, jacket/coat, headlamp, hammock (optional)
  • Equipment Provided: Tents, sleeping pads and bags, and stoves provided by the Outdoor Program.  

Additional Information

  • Meals provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: One dinner/Participants provide other food and snacks
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by Outdoor Program 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 Contact: Christian McKnight - cmcknig@bgsu.edu | Samantha Sanders - mikaybm@bgsu.edu

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

Trip Details

  • Time: 5 AM - 10 PM
  • Location: Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, Approximately 300 miles, 5 hours
  • Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 24
  • Cost: BGSU Students - $98 | Faculty/Staff: $105 | Community: $112
  • Activity Involved: White Water Rafting and Lunch
  • Experience Level: Some experience preferred, but not required
  • Physical Demand Level: Moderate to Vigorous - Rafting with 5 other people
  • Clothing Recommendation: Swimsuit, wetsuit (available for rent) old sandals/shoes, change of clothes.
  • Equipment Provided: All rafting equipment and supplies.  

Additional Information

  • Meals provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: Lunch/Participants provide other food/snacks
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by Outdoor Program staff
  • Maximum Participant Number: 16
  • Minimum Participant Number: 11
  • Pre-Trip Meeting Date, Time and Location: Upon completion of registration with payment, participants receive an email including information and additional documentation.
  • Leader Contact: Christian McKnight - rjtaylo@bgsu.edu | Hannah Tomor - htomor@bgsu.edu | David Linsky - linskyd@bgsu.edu

Need something adventurous to do over Fall Break? Get "off the grid" and test your legs, mind, and body while rewarding your eyes by hiking th etrails and camping along the scenic resevoir in this beautiful national forest.

Trip Details

  • Time: ~ 8 AM Saturday - ~ 6 PM Monday
  • Location: Alleghany National Forest (Northern Pennsylvania)
  • Registration Deadline: Sunday, October 1
  • Cost: BGSU Students - $70 | Faculty/Staff - $75 | Community - $80
  • Activity Involved: Backpacking, Camping
  • Experience Level: Some experience preferred, but not required
  • Physical Demand Level: Moderate to Vigorous (carry ~40 lb backpack)
  • Clothing Recommendation: Hiking shoes/boots, synthetic (non-cotton) clothes, outerwear appropriate for the temperature and climate
  • Equipment Provided: Backpacks, sleeping bags and pads, tents, stoves

Additional Information

  • Meals provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: 2 dinners/Participants provide other food/snacks
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by Outdoor Program 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 Contact: Christian McKnight - cmcknig@bgsu.edu | Thomas Worsham - tworsha@bgsu.edu

Tour "America's most beautiful caverns" and visit Freshwater Farms, a local fish hatchery where participants have the opportunity to pet sturgeon and hand-feed rainbow trout. 

Trip Details

  • Time: 9 AM - 3 PM
  • Location: Ohio Caverns, West Liberty, OH - 87 miles/Approximately 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 10
  • Cost: BGSU Students - $40 | Faculty/Staff - $45 | Community - $50
  • Activity involved: Spelunking (caving), plus other local sites
  • Experience Level: None
  • Physical Demand: Mild - 60 stairs to exit the cavern
  • Clothing Recommendation: Cave will be 54 degrees, dress appropriately (sweatshirt/jacket), make sure to wear shoes with good traction
  • Equipment Provided: N/A

Additional Information

  • Meals provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: Participants bring snacks if desired
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by Outdoor Program 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 Contact: Hannah Tomor - htomor@bgsu.edu | Samantha Sanders - slsaman@bgsu.edu

With its central location in Kentucky and its huge volume of routes, the Red River Gorge is one of the most popular climbing meccas east of the Mississippi. Explore this scenic terrain and tackle a variety of routes with the Outdoor Program staff.

Trip Details

  • Time: Mid-afternoon Friday - 6 PM Sunday
  • Location: Red River Gorge - 320 miles/Apprximately 5 hour drive
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, October 16
  • Cost: BGSU Student - $65 | Faculty/Staff - $70 | Community - $75
  • Activity Involved: Camping, climbing, rappelling
  • Experience Level: Some experience preferred, but not required
  • Physical Demand: Moderate to Vigorous
  • Clothing Recommendation: layers of tops/jackets and shorts/pants (synthetic materials, rather than cotton), hiking boots
  • Equipment Provided: Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, camp stoves, climbing shoes, harnesses, rope carabiners, ATC's

Additional Information

  • Meals provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: One dinner/Participants provide other food/snacks
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by Outdoor Program 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 Contact: Thomas Worsham - tworsha@bgsu.edu | Kyle Szwajkos - kyleps@bgsu.edu

A dark evening for a scenic (but spooky) walk through a local Bowling Green park, complete with ghoulish stories that may or may not be true...

Trip Details

  • Time: 9 - 11 PM
  • Location: Bowling Green, OH
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, October 20
  • Cost: All - $5
  • Activity Involved: Hiking
  • Experience Level: None
  • Physical Demand: Mild
  • Clothing Recommendation: Comfortable shoes and outerwear appropriate for the weather.
  • Equipment Provided: None

Additional Information

  • Meals provided by Outdoor Program/Participants: None
  • Transportation: Large passenger van driven by Outdoor Program staff
  •  Maximum Participant Number: 8
  • Minimum Participant Number: 4
  • Pre-Trip Meeting Date, Time and Location: Upon completion of registration with payment, participants receive an email including information and additional documentation.
  • Leader Contact: David Linsky - linskyd@bgsu.edu, Samantha Sanders - slsaman@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.