Outdoor Pursuits

OP trips are designed for participants of all ability levels!  We are here to offer participants with quality backcountry experiences that provide fun, educational, and immersion into the wild spaces that surround our campus. So, whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a true beginner, join us for what is sure to be a semester of great adventures!

To register, stop by the OP office on the 1st floor of the Wellbeing Center or register online at

Spring 2020


Costa Rica 2020

Need Spring Break Plans?

Join Outdoor Pursuits for a Costa Rican Adventure! For the price of $1000 + Flights!

OP will take a group of students on an expedition through the Costa Rican Rain Forest to the Pacific shore. We’ll stay in the homes of locals, engage in cross-cultural discussions, and build a strong community through engagement with one another – all while backpacking, rafting, rappelling, and surfing!

Here is a break down of day by day:

March 7th: We will arrive at the San Juan Santamaria Airport. Travel through San Jose to our first family homestay on the outskirts of the city. Here we will meet our guides and go through Orientation and get ready for our adventure.

March 8th: We will hike in rainforest and spend this night camping. We will be hiking for about 5 hours this day. During our hike we will be in both the rain and cloud forest zones where monkeys, cascading waterfalls. Lush vegetation, and countless colorful tropical birds live. Our campsite will be at a mountaintop Campsite!

March 9th: We will hike 4.5 hours this day and will be greeted with open arms from the community of Piedras Blancas. Most likely on this day we will rappel down a 120 foot waterfall! In the afternoon we will explore the village, play soccer and enjoy our new homestay.

March 10th: We will make sugar out of sugarcane using traditional system of the ‘Trapiche’. Explore a 900 feet deep cave in the rainforest where you’ll see stalactites and stalagmites.

March 11th: This day we will hike alongside the Savegre River. We will also tree climb, medical plant tour, and make homemade hot chocolate.

March 12thWe will hike 2hours to the Rio Savegre and begin our 16 mile rafting trip. We will enjoy the sunset on the beach this evening.

March 13th: We will have surf instructions in Bahia Ballena National park. We will be staying near the beach and have a wonderful last night’s dinner.

March 14th: we will fly home 🙁

During the trip all food, transportation, and gear is provided.

You are in charge of finding your own flight… We will be working on getting a group flight organized.

    What to expect on an OP trip

  • What to expect on a Friday afternoon trip:

    On Friday afternoons we like to explore our local wilderness while biking or climbing! We provide transportation, gear, and instruction on these trips! We usually leave campus around 3pm and return around 9pm. Although these times sometimes change! Our most common friday afternoon trips are Climb and Dine, and Mountain biking.

  • What to expect on a weekend day trip:

    On Saturday and Sundays we like to take advantage of a full day outside. This could be spending a day bouldering, whitewater kayaking, hiking, caving, or mountain biking. We provide all the gear you would need, food, instruction, and transportation. You can expect to be off campus the majority of the day. Our trips are very thought out and well planned!

  • What to expect on an overnight trip:

    On our overnight trips you can expect to be gone the majority of the weekend. We provide all the gear, transportation, food, and instruction on these trips. We live for the opportunity to sleep out under the stars! Our overnight trips are filled with fresh air, and good company! Some of our more common overnight trips are our backpacking trips. If you are veteran backpacker or beginner is does not matter! We welcome all levels of experience!

  • What to expect on a multi day adventure:

    Our multi day adventures offer a great experience for all students. These trips tend to be our fall break, and spring break trips!

    OP Trip Policies

  • Overall Trip Policies
    • In order to participate in an OP trip, you must have a trip specific liability waiver completed as well as have completed your medical questionnaire.
    • In order to participate in an OP trip, you must be able to present verification of personal health insurance coverage.
    • Payment of the trip cost must be made in full prior to scheduled departure for the trip.
    • NO illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia are allowed on OP trips in any fashion.  Breach of this rule will result in an immediate expulsion from the trip and could result in University judicial consequences.
      • If the trip is taking place in a location which required airfare, the participant could be made to depart the trip and fly home early.  This expense will be paid for by the participant.
    • NO Alcohol is allowed to be consumed during “activity” portions of the trip.
      • Any underage consumption could result in university judicial consequences.
    • All students participating in OP programs are expected to follow the university student code of conduct.  Should violations of said code occur, participants risk expulsion from the trip and barring from participation in future OP programs.
    • OP does not condone hate speech, bullying, emotional or physical abuse, or racism on any of our trips.  Use of such language or actions could result in expulsion from the program.  We pride ourselves in a creating an inclusive community space where meaningful dialogues and personal growth can take place.

    OP Trip Philosophy

  • OP Common Adventurer Philosophy
    • We want OP trips to be safe, fun and memorable.
    • Due to weather and other safety concerns, trip destinations are subject to change.
    • We work hard so that you can have fun, so please come with a happy, cooperative attitude.
    • OP practices strong Leave No Trace ethics. ( Pack it in, pack it out!
    • We are open to ideas/suggestions for new OP trips.  After all, they are for students!
    • We are very open to feedback! Let us know how we can serve you better. Be sure to complete the trip satisfaction survey you trip leader will email you after the trip.
  • Zero Based Budget Philosophy

    It is our goal to make trip costs as low as possible. We plan trips on a zero-based budget system and further subsidize trip costs wherever we can. The price of each trip includes transportation, trip leaders, equipment, food, and lodging.


    • The price of your trip includes trip food, gear, transportation, and Trip Leaders.
    • We adjust all trip menu plans according to dietary restrictions.
    • Occasionally, groups will eat out while traveling. These meals are generally not included in the trip cost. Your trip leaders will inform you of any meals not included in the trip price.
    • If trips have additional costs associated with them, participants will be informed ahead of time.

    Trip Registration and Cancellation Policies

  • Trip Registration Procedure
    • We have two ways to register:
      • OP Rental and Resource Center:
        •  Come in person the OP office (1st floor of the Sutton Center) and check in with one of our staff members. Note that all of our trips are first come, first serve.
      • Online
        • Use our new online portal for trip registration.  Just click the trips you want, complete the waiver and medical questions, and pay in full!
    • NOTE: You are not registered for a trip until you have come to the OP office and paid for your spot.  All trips must be paid in full at the time of registration unless otherwise noted.

    Cancellation and Refund Policy:  OP does not provide refunds for trips unless we cancel the trip for some reason. Refunds will NOT be given for location changes as all trip locations are subject to change due to weather and safety concerns.

  • Payment Policy and Registration
    • In order to secure your spot on a given trip, you must pay for the full cost of the trip in person unless otherwise noted.
      • For some of our extended trips, there will be payment plans/deadlines established to make the trip expenses more manageable.
    • We accept credit and debit cards, check or Deacon Dollars. Checks should be made out to WFU Outdoor Pursuits, with the trip name and date in the memo line. Note: if you select Deacon Dollars, you are giving us permission to charge the amount of the deposit to your account.
    • REQUIRED FORMS: OP Med Form & OP Liability Form
      • Note: Med Forms are a 1 time form. Please bring your health insurance card to the OP office, or simply scan and email it to your trip leader.
      • A new Liability Forms must be completed for each trip you attend.

    Wait-List Policy: If a trip is full, go ahead and sign-up for the waitlist.   We will let you know if a spot opens up for you!