Get back to nature with the Outdoor Program

Written by | November 1, 2012

Several excursions slated for November

This month will be a busy one for the Outdoor Program at Portland State. The agenda in the coming weeks includes whitewater kayaking, a Columbia Gorge day hike, a service trip to Opal Creek, a three-day rock climbing seminar and a weekend camping trip at Silver Falls. It’s a tremendous opportunity for students and community members alike to enjoy the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest at an affordable rate.

courtesy of PSU outdoor Program

Into the wild: Portland State’s Outdoor Program provides a multitude of options for anyone seeking adventure out in the elements. Events are arranged each term and prices are discounted for PSU students.

Intermediate whitewater kayaking

The schedule kicks off with a whitewater kayaking trip on Sunday, Nov. 4. The deadline to sign up was yesterday, so if you missed this session, it’s something to keep in mind for next time. The price is just $35 for students, an extremely reasonable investment for a day of excitement on the water.

Eagle Creek day hike

Next up is the Eagle Creek day hike on Saturday, Nov. 10, which offers a solid physical challenge along with a breathtaking view. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the beauty of the Columbia Gorge, act fast—registration closes Wednesday, Nov. 7. The fee for students is $25.

Opal Creek service trip

Each term the program organizes a service trip to encourage awareness and involvement in nature. Slated for Sunday, Nov. 11, the project will take participants to the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area. The trip is free for students, but you must sign up by Thursday, Nov. 8. Participants will have the chance to become actively engaged in their community by learning how to preserve the surrounding environment for generations to come.

Smith Rock climb

If scaling new heights is more your style, the program is organizing a rock-climbing trip the weekend of Nov. 16–18. Beginners and more experienced climbers are both welcome. The student price is $80, and registration closes on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Silver Falls Thanksgiving camping trip

For those planning to stay in town for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the program offers a two-day camping getaway to beautiful Silver Falls, allowing one last chance to escape before the madness of finals week begins. The cost for the Nov. 24–25 trip is $90 for students, and the deadline to sign up is Wednesday, Nov. 21.

For more information, stop by the Outdoor Program offices in the Academic and Student Rec Center, room 180, or contact them at 503–725-5668 or odp@pdx.edu.

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