Trips & Clinics

Campus Recreation offers day and weekend outdoor trips led by Towson University students for Towson University students. 

Students participating in Stand Up Paddleboarding

Trips

Outdoor trip leaders are experienced, outgoing, and passionate about sharing their love of the outdoors and building community on trips. All instruction, transportation, and technical equipment is included in the cost. Meals will be provided on overnight trips. All trips are designed to be cooperative, educational experiences that allow participants to:

  • Create meaningful connections with other students outside of the classroom
  • Challenge themselves mentally and physically
  • Learn skills necessary to plan their own outdoor trips
  • Take an active role in the success of themselves as well as the group
  • Adventure off campus in unique settings in Maryland and throughout the mid-Atlantic 

SPRING 2020 TRIPs

Winter Wonderland Hike at Gunpowder Falls State Park  

Date: February 22

Fees: 

Student:  $15

Faculty/Staff: $18

Alumni: $23

Registration: Jan. 27 – Feb. 19

Description: Join us for the first trip of the semester to enjoy a snowy hike in Gunpowder Falls State Park! Appreciate the beauty of winter in Maryland while your trip leaders serve up trail-side hot chocolate to keep the cold at bay. 

Brunch Hike at Rocks State Park   

Date: March 8

Fees: 

Student:  $15

Faculty/Staff: $18

Alumni: $23

Registration: Jan. 27 – March 4

Description: What’s better than views of early spring and the impressive rock formations of King and Queen seat towering almost 200 feet above you? Getting to take a break mid-way through your hike and chow down on your favorite breakfast foods served up by your trip leaders.

Rock Climbing at Sugarloaf Mountain

Date: March 28

Fees: 

Student: $35 

Faculty/Staff: $45

Alumni: $55

Registration: Jan. 27 – March 25 

Description: Our first climbing trip of the semester is a great opportunity to try climbing for the first time. This area is a short walk from the car and hosts excellent climbing overlooking western Maryland from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain!

Backpacking in Shenandoah National Park

Dates: April 3 - 5

Fees: 

Student: $70

Faculty/Staff: $90

Alumni: $110

Registration: Jan. 27 – March 29 

Description: Make your first backpacking trip one to remember in one of the country’s most famous National Parks, Shenandoah. Rolling hills, brilliant wildflowers, and clear mountain streams are your reward for choosing to be adventurous this weekend!

Sunset Hike at Patapsco Valley State Park

Date: April 17

Fees: 

Student: $15

Faculty/Staff: $18

Alumni: $23

Registration: Jan. 27 – April 16

Description: Had a long week? Come destress with a relaxing hike in Patapsco Valley State Park. We’ll leave campus at 3 p.m., enjoy a few hours of hiking, and take in the sunset overlooking the Patapsco River.

Backpacking in Green Ridge State Forest

Dates: April 18 - 19

Fees: 

Student: $65

Faculty/Staff: $82

Alumni: $100

Registration: Jan. 27 – April 12 

Description: Join Outdoor Adventures and head west with us to the mountains of western Maryland in Green Ridge State Forest. This shorter backpacking trip is a perfect option for someone with limited time or who is looking to “try it out” before committing to one of our longer trips.

Earth Day Hike at Susquehanna State Park

Date: April 19

Fees: 

Student: $5

Faculty/Staff: $6

Alumni: $8

Registration: Jan. 27 – April 15 

Description: Outdoor Adventures will be celebrating Earth Day a little early this year with a first of its kind trip for us. In addition to hiking and exploring Susquehanna State Park, we’ll spend a few hours giving back to our public lands during a service project.  

Bike Ride to The Charmery

Dates: April 24 and May 15

Fees: FREE

Registration: Jan. 27 – April 23

                     Jan. 27 – May 14

Description: Classes are done for the week and it’s time to Treat Yo Self! Join Outdoor Adventures for a group bike ride to The Charmery for an ice cream, milkshake, or other tasty treat. We’ll meet at 3 p.m. in the OAC, check out bikes to those who need them, and enjoy our just desserts for getting through another week of classes!

Bouldering at Northwest Branch

Date: April 26

Fees: 

Student: $35

Faculty/Staff: $45

Alumni: $55

Registration: Jan. 27 – April 22 

Description: No ropes, no problems; try out bouldering for a new take on climbing. Northwest Branch offers climbing for all abilities and is a great location to try bouldering outdoors for the first time!

Kayaking and Hiking at Cunningham Falls

Date: April 26

Fees: 

Student: $35

Faculty/Staff: $45

Alumni: $55

Registration: Jan. 27 – April 21 

Description: What’s better than kayaking or hiking by waterfalls? Doing both in one trip! Spend your day with Outdoor Adventures for a one of a kind experience kayaking in the morning on the clear lake of Cunningham Falls State Park and hiking in the afternoon past the largest waterfall in Maryland. 

Pre-Finals DeStress Retreat

Date: May 3

Fees: 

Student: $15

Faculty/Staff: $18

Alumni: $23

Registration: Jan. 27 – April 29 

Description: Join Outdoor Adventures and Group Fitness for this collaborative, full-day retreat featuring stand up paddleboarding, yoga, hiking, and informative discussions on self-care through mindfulness, movement, and connecting with the natural world.

Sea Kayaking the Chesapeake Bay

Date: May 3

Fees: 

Student: $25

Faculty/Staff: $32

Alumni: $40

Registration: Jan. 27 – April 28 

Description: Join us as we paddle from Rocky Point State Park to “island hop” and see the Chesapeake Bay from a brand new perspective. We’ll see wildlife, historic lighthouses, and enjoy lunch on a secluded island beach.

Full Moon Stand Up Paddleboarding at Bear Creek

Date: May 8

Fees: 

Student: $15

Faculty/Staff: $18

Alumni: $23

Registration: Jan. 27 – May 7

Description: Join us for our first ever full moon paddleboard trip! We’ll leave campus at 8 p.m. and the full “Flower Moon” will be all the light we need as we take a relaxing paddle along the calm waters of Bear Creek, a tributary of the Chesapeake bay.

Whitewater Kayaking at Muddy Creek

Date: May 9

Fees: 

Student: $35

Faculty/Staff: $45

Alumni: $55

Registration: Jan. 27 – May 5 

Description: Don’t let the name fool you, Muddy Creek is crystal-clear with a beautiful streambed in one of the most scenic gorges in eastern Pennsylvania. The great views are almost as good as the rapids you’ll be paddling, which are a perfect introduction to whitewater kayaking.

Rock Climbing at Carderock

Date: May 10

Fees: 

Student: $35

Faculty/Staff: $45

Alumni: $55

Registration: Jan. 27 – May 6

Description: Welcome to classic Maryland rock climbing! These cliffs are just a few minutes walk from the parking area and have great views of the Potomac River. Most Maryland climbers first learned the ropes at Carderock, so come out and join them!

Stand Up Paddleboarding at Dundee Creek

Date: May 16

Fees: 

Student: $15

Faculty/Staff: $18

Alumni: $23

Registration:  Jan. 27 – May 14

Description: There is no better way to escape the heat of the city than on a SUP. Strike your best yoga pose or just paddle around and take in the scenery - it’s up to you as long as you’re having fun in the sun. This trip offers two time slots (9 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 2 - 6 p.m.) for a shorter duration trip than many of our other offerings.   

spring break 2020 trip

Southwest Road Trip Adventure

Dates: March 14 – 21

Fees:

Student: $425

Faculty/Staff: $530

Alumni: $660

Trip cost includes all necessary equipment, food, instruction, permit and camping fees, and transportation during the trip starting from Las Vegas International Airport. Participants will be responsible for arranging airfare to and from Las Vegas (approx. $500-600 round trip).

Registration: Jan. 27 – March 2

Description: Join Outdoor Adventures for a Spring Break you will never forget in Utah and Nevada. Turn your Instagram into a desert mosaic as we make stops in Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef National Parks. In the middle days of our trip, we will slow the pace and spend three days backpacking and exploring Coyote Gulch, a serene canyon featuring impressive natural rock arches in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The last day of our trip will be spent rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon, one of the most famous climbing areas in the world.

Contact Andrew Lyburn at with questions about this trip.

spring 2020 clinics

Kayaking Clinic

Fees: FREE

Every Wednesday (starting Jan. 29) from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. through May 6

Learn the fundamentals of river kayaking in the controlled environment of the Burdick Pool and use the kayaking clinic to build the necessary skills to participate in an Outdoor Adventures whitewater or sea kayaking trip. We will be in the water, so participants must bring their own bathing suit and towel. No registration is required, just show up and start learning!