Join us on Project Explore to start your transition to Towson University with an adventure.
Project Explore is one of the longest running traditions at Towson University. Established in 1977
and originally named Project Marj, Project Explore is a "Wilderness Pre-Orientation"
program for incoming freshman and transfer students of Towson University and is managed
by the Department of Campus Recreation.
During each Project Explore session, participants are paired with up to seven other
incoming Towson students for the duration of the experience. Each group is led by
two student Project Explore instructors who will provide instruction in outdoor living
and travel skills, as well as an introduction to life as a Towson student.
Project explore waitlist
Registration for Project Explore is currently full. If you would like to join the
waitlist, please call Membership & Guest Services at 410-704-4061.
Project Explore 2018
Appalachia Multi-Activity - August 17 - 22
Registration Opens: April 6
Registration Deadline: July 29
Description: During this session, participants will camp in one central location and
get to experience hiking, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, and trail biking in
and around Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
Enter your Towson University issued email address in the "Email Address" field.
Enter your 7-digit TUID number in the "ID Number" field.
Proceed through all further prompted steps to complete registration.
Benefits of Project Explore
Get a head start on your orientation experience and meet current Towson students and
Establish relationships with other participants and student leaders to create an on-campus
Increase self-awareness and self-confidence by stepping outside of your"comfort zone"
and overcoming challenges.
Begin the practice of setting and achieving individual and group goals.
Gain a greater appreciation for the natural world and the simplicity of wilderness
Build decision making skills as you work within the group to form consensus on decisions.
Get engaged on campus. Research shows that students who are more engaged on campus
will have greater academic performance than their peers and are more likely to stay
at Towson until graduation.
Earn College Credit
Upon completing Project Explore, participants are eligible to receive one credit in
KNES 241, Special Topics in Physical Education. To receive this credit, students must
submit a three to five-page reaction paper describing the experience. It will count
as an elective credit and is applicable toward the 120 credits required for a degree.
The Director of Project Explore is Andrew Lyburn. He works as the Assistant Director
of Outdoor Adventures in Campus Recreation. Andrew is a Towson Alumnus and also holds
a Master's Degree in Recreation Administration from Texas State University.
The instructors for Project Explore are current Outdoor Trip Leaders for Towson University's
Outdoor Trips Program. These students hold Wilderness First Responder medical certifications
and have had over 600 hours of training and leadership experience in a wilderness
frequently asked questions
Who can attend?
Project Explore is available to any freshman or transfer student heading into their
first semester at Towson. This program is within the capability of any able-bodied,
Do I need experience?
Project Explore is designed using the philosophy of Challenge by Choice so it is perfect
for individuals of any ability level. Our instructors will teach beginners all of
the necessary skills to be successful on the trip and are adept at finding ways to
challenge more experienced outdoor enthusiasts.
Do I need to provide my own equipment?
All equipment needed for the trip can be provided by Towson University. Participants
will mostly need to provide their own clothing and appropriate footwear.
What do we eat?
While we are limited in some of our menu options (ex. no raw meats), our instructors
are also great backcountry cooks. They will design a nutritious and delicious meal
plan for the group based on the dietary needs of each member of the group.
Does this affect move-in or Welcome to Towson?
No, students who will live on-campus are eligible to move in early during the morning
of August 17. Students will return to campus prior to the start of all Welcome to
Can we bring cell phones?
We do not allow participants to bring cell phones or other technology into the field,
as we feel it is distracting to the group process and hinders participants from meaningfully
engaging with other participants and with their own self-reflection. All leaders and
support staff carry a cell phone for emergency situations. All parents will be given
the contact information for the Project Explore Director for any home or family emergencies.
How should I prepare for Project Explore?
We will contact you following your registration with an in-depth list of suggestions.
Project Explore can be physically demanding so we advise that you begin a moderate
exercise plan consisting of a one-mile run or three-mile walk for three to four days