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The Outdoor Adventure trip program offers several outdoor trips per year ranging from day trips to week-long adventures. Our highly trained and experienced trip leaders will guide you through places like backpacking at Big Bend National Park! If you are looking for an adventure closer to home, the Farmers Market Bike Tour is the perfect way to see a different side of Houston. There are plenty of weekend trips that are strategically planned around the stressful times of each semester so take some time to unwind and let us show you a real Outdoor Adventure. Take a look at the schedule below for detailed information on upcoming trips and don't forget to check out these incredible videos.

*Note: To sign up for OA trips, participants must pay at Welcome Desk - Member Services then visit the Outdoor Adventure Office to be registered and fill out paperwork. Trip spots are available on a first-come first serve basis and fill quickly. If you would like to sign up for a trip, sign up early to ensure a spot is still available.

Fall 2019


students laughing while sitting at picnic table

Kayaking at Sea Rim State Park

Saturday, October 26, 2019
19335 State Hwy 87, Sabine Pass, TX 77655

The Gulf of Mexico has a hidden beauty to explore! Come and travel with us to Sea Rim State Park as we kayak 4.72 miles, approximately 2-3 hours across the 4,141-acre state park! We will start this day trip with some basics of kayaking and then heading out where the land meets the sea. We will be kayaking through the coastal marshes, and we’ll experience all of the wildlife and scenery the third coast has to offer! Get excited about wildlife, such as alligators, river otters, mole crabs and much more.

  • Registration Deadline: Friday, October 18th, 2019
  • Student/Rec Member: $45.00
  • Non-Member: $55.00

Mountain Biking at Brazos Bend State Park

Saturday, November 2, 2019
21901 FM 762 Rd, Needville, TX 77461

Are you ready to venture outdoors? Brazos Bend State Park has exactly what you are looking for and is just a short distance away! Brazos Bend is located just 45 miles from downtown Houston! We will explore this nature lover’s paradise by leisurely mountain biking through 10 miles of lush greenery and beautiful marsh wetlands. Wildlife frequently spotted include alligators, turtles, wading birds, fish and more!

  • Registration Deadline: Friday, October 25th, 2019
  • Student/Rec Member: $35.00
  • Non-Member: $45.00

Canoeing at Village Creek

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Lumberton, TX

A hundred miles East by Northeast of Houston is the Village Creek Water Trail. This heavily forested area of Texas is not only beautiful, but there is also a lot that it can teach us about wildlife and the East Texas ecosystems. We will be Canoeing about 7 miles down the Village Creek water trail, which will take us around 4 hours to complete. Whether you’re new to canoeing or an old hat in the ring, this trip is great for you!

  • Registration Deadline: Friday, November 1st, 2019
  • Student/Rec Member: $35.00
  • Non-Member: $45.00

students biking through suburban area

Tour De Houston

Sunday, November 17, 2019
Houston, TX

Explore Houston secrets that you might drive by every day. City bicycling is healthy, economical, great for our environment, and not as hard as you think! Our experienced cyclists will teach you everything you need to know about biking in the great city of Houston! We will ride an easygoing 20 miles, all while uncovering amazing gems about our city that often go unnoticed. It’s fun, relaxing, and perfect for anyone wanting some outdoor recreation!

  • Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
  • Student/Rec Member: $20.00
  • Non-Member: $30.00

Florida Thanksgiving Camping Trip at Ocala National Forest

Sunday, November 24 – Saturday, November 30, 2019
1463 Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 | 26701 FL-40, Silver Springs, FL 34488

Join us in an exploration of the southernmost forest in the U.S. where the crystal-clear waters stay a cool 69-72 degrees year-round.

On this 7-day trip, come camp out at Juniper Springs and learn how to build a tent, start a campfire, and cook a typical Dutch-oven dinner. You’ll also learn the basics of standup paddleboarding (SUPing) on the Silver River, A.K.A. the “Gateway to the Ocala National Forest.” We will explore the Yearling Hiking Trail (6-mile trail), the Silver Glen Spring, Fern Hammock Spring, and the Alexander Spring. This tropical adventure will uncover an interesting bit of history about the settlers of the American South.

Day 1: Load up and head east. Stops will be made along the way for restroom breaks and meals. Arrive at Fort Pickens Campground approximately 10-hours later and set up camp.

Day 2: Enjoy breakfast and explore the Fort Pickens, the Live Oak trail, enjoy the beautiful white sand beach, beachcomb and/or boogie board. End the night with a campfire meal, and maybe have s’mores!

Day 3: Load up and head east to Ocala National Forest. Stops will be made along the way for restroom breaks and meals. Arrive at Ocala National Forest Juniper Springs Recreation Area approximately 7 hours later and set up camp. End the night with a campfire meal, and maybe have s’mores!

Day 4-5: Enjoy the sunrise or barely wake up for breakfast, whatever floats your boat! Prepare your sack lunch and head out to explore the Yearling Trail where some of the original settlers, the Longs established their homestead. On this hike, you’ll see a giant sinkhole, the location of the old post office and the Long cemetery where some of the Long children and Reuben are buried. We’ll also explore Silver Springs State Park to stand-up paddleboard (SUP) through twists and turns of the Silver River. Wildlife frequently seen include manatees, alligators, turtles, wading birds, fish, monkeys and more! During our stay we will make our way through Ocala National Forest, occasionally switching to swim gear and taking a dip in the many natural springs. End the night with a campfire meal, and maybe have dessert!

Day 6: Load up and head west to Fort Barrancas approximately 7 hours later and explore the Fort. Stops will be made along the way for restroom breaks and meals. After we’ll drive through Pensacola Beach and visit some local shops like Ron Jon Surf Shop. We’ll camp at Fort Pickens Campground. End the night with a campfire meal, and maybe have s’mores!

Day 7: Load up and head west. Arrive at UH approximately 10-hours later between 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

  • Registration Deadline: November 15th, 2019
  • Student/Rec Member: $325.00
  • Non-Member: $355.00

 

  • All Outdoor Adventure trips are alcohol, tobacco, and illegal substance-free.
  • All trips must be paid in full at the time of enrollment.
  • To cancel your participation, you must contact the Outdoor Adventure Assistant Director. A $25 fee will be assessed if you cancel less than 28 days before the trip.
    • 100% refund
    • 50% if notified between 27 and 14 days of the trip
    • 25% if notified between 13 and 7 days of the trip
    • 0% if notified less than 7 days before the trip

Frequently Asked Questions

All current members of the CRWC are eligible to enroll in a trip – This includes students enrolled in classes and individual memberships. Registrants can bring a guest at the non-member rate.

Yes, if you are a student currently enrolled in the class or have an individual membership and enroll in a trip, you may bring a guest along. On outings, the guest fee is listed as “non-member” and requires a higher cost than members.

Yes, you must be 18 years old or a current UH student.

Each semester varies, but OA strives to offer a variety of options – backpacking, biking, climbing, hiking, canoeing, camping, and kayaking

The trips vary in length – from local day trips to statewide weekend trips to nationwide week-long trips. The goal of each semester is to incorporate an assortment of day and weekend trips with a culminating multi-day trip during the scheduled school break.

The cost varies depending upon several factors – mostly the required travel distance and length of the trip.

When applicable, the cost includes guides, instruction, transportation, entrance fees, meals, and equipment.

For the majority of trips, no experience is necessary. On some adventures, such as climbing or biking longer distances, some experience would be beneficial, but not mandatory. Before each trip begins, the OA guides will instruct on the technical skills required for the adventure. There will also be a pre-trip meeting for overnight trips. See the Outdoor Adventure staff for more information.

To sign up for OA trips, participants pay at Welcome Desk - Member Services then visit the Outdoor Adventure Office to be registered and fill out paperwork. Trip spots are available on a first come first serve basis and fill quickly. If you would like to sign up for a trip, sign up early to ensure a spot is still available. All trips must be paid in full at the time of enrollment.

For local bike trips around Houston, we allow up to 15 participants. For off-campus adventures, we are limited to 10 participants due to transportation.

Spots on the trips are only guaranteed once payment has been received. In order to reserve spots for another individual, you would be required to pay the fee.

For Information contact Outdoor Adventure Office at 713-743-9512 or outdoors@uh.edu