Outdoor Trip Schedule

Looking to explore your adventurous side? Join Campus Recreation as we explore the Gulf-South region and discover new skills. Outdoor Adventures offers an array of trips to interest any student. Space is limited so register today!

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Spring 2018 Trips

Please note that the registration deadline is the Wednesday before the trip leaves at 5 pm. Trips are subject to change so check back often for updates.

Woodlands Conservancy Hike
In need of an afternoon outside? Join Outdoor Adventures as we explore the trails of Louisiana’s Woodlands Conservancy. Full of birds and local vegetation like Spanish moss, this conservancy is also recognized for its innovative methods in hardwood forest preservation. Cost include transportation and leadership.

Date: Saturday, January 27
Time: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $10

Canoe the Bayou
Canoeing is one of the best forms of transportation in the Louisiana swampland and is now a popular form of recreation. We’ll give it a whirl on the waters of Bayou St. John. Come prepared to get a little wet and have a lot of fun. Cost includes transportation, leadership, and all equipment.

Date: Sunday, January 28
Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: $20

Sunset Canoe
Join Outdoor Adventures for a paddle down the Cane Bayou at sunset. Under the sky’s gradient of bursting color, we will voyage through Southern Louisiana’s wild wetlands to Lake Pontchartrain. What’s a better way to end a weekend than with a sunset over a lake, numerous bird species, and, perhaps, an alligator or two? Cost includes transportation, equipment, and snacks!

Date: Saturday, February 17
Time: 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $20

Tunica Falls Hike
Tunica Falls hosts some of the most scenic and beautiful hikes accessible by day trip from New Orleans. Compared to the rest of the region, Tunica Falls is topographically unique, and is considered to be the closest you can get to canyoneering in the south. Comprising over 2,000 acres, this pristine area has over 40 waterfalls that range from 10 to over 25 ft. high. If you love to get wet and need some more topography in your life, come on out for a day of hiking and waterfall adventures!

Date: Sunday, February 18
Time: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cost: $30

Fontainebleau Hike
Join Outdoor Adventures for a day trip to Fontainebleau State Park located on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain! We will hike around for a few hours to explore this beautiful area. You will see many interesting plants and animals on our hikes along Bayou Cane including cypress and gum trees, snakes, birds, and maybe even an alligator. This trip is perfect for anyone who wants to get outside, have tons of fun, and explore the Louisiana wilderness! Cost includes transportation, entry fees, and leadership.

Date: Sunday, February 25
Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: $15

Moonlight Canoe
Join us for a paddle by moonlight on the historic Bayou St. John. We will paddle through New Orleans with only the full moon as our light. Cost includes transportation, equipment, and leadership.

Date: Saturday, March 3
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cost: $20

Alabama Rock Climbing
Join us for an exciting and relaxing weekend away from campus! We will depart Friday afternoon, climb all day Saturday and Sunday morning, and drive home Sunday afternoon. You should expect tent camping, outdoor cooking, and some incredible climbing. Climbers of all skill levels are welcome, especially beginners. Cost includes transportation, meals, equipment, and activity fees.

Date: Friday, March 2 – Sunday, March 4
Time: Overnight – departing early Friday afternoon, returning late Sunday afternoon
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: Wednesday, February 28, 5 pm
Cost: $95

Intro to Backpacking
Always wanted to go backpacking, but were too nervous to try it alone? Join TU Rec Outdoor Adventures to learn from the experts at beautiful Chicot State Park! On this trip, you will learn how to live minimally, pack living essentials into a backpack, cook tasty food, and live life on the trail. Going to sleep under the stars and waking up to the sun shining through the trees of Chico state park’s bottom-land hardwood forest surely won’t fail to remind you of nature’s beauty. A physical and mental challenge as well as a chance to bond with peers, this weekend in the will be a fulfilling retreat from the bustle of New Orleans.  Trip cost includes transportation, backcountry meals, equipment, instruction, and leadership.

Date: Friday, March 9 – Sunday, March 11
Time: Overnight – departing early Friday afternoon, returning late Sunday afternoon
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: Wednesday, March 7, 5 pm
Cost: $75

Northlake Nature Center Hike
In need of an afternoon outside? Join Outdoor Adventures as we explore the trails of Louisiana’s Northlake Nature Center. Full of local vegetation like Spanish moss, this conservancy is also recognized for its amazing bird sightings. This trip is a perfect way to stretch your legs and experience the Louisiana wilderness. Cost include transportation and leadership.

Date: Saturday, March 17
Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: $10

Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding
This sport’s origins stem from Hawaii, however, it certainly has caught on here on the Mainland. Paddleboarding combines balance and strength to create a truly unique form of transportation and of course, recreation. We’ll give it a whirl on the waters of Bayou St. John—great for both its natural beauty and iconic New Orleans views. Cost includes transportation, leadership, and equipment.

Date: Sunday, March 18
Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: $20

Spring Break Rock Climbing – CANCELLED
Arkansas – The Natural State! Ever wonder how they earned that nickname? Join us for a week of camping and climbing at the world famous Horseshoe Canyon Ranch! We will Drive up on Sunday, climb Monday through Friday and return to New Orleans on Saturday. When we are not climbing we will be hiking the beautiful Buffalo River basin. Trip cost includes transportation, food, equipment, instruction, and leadership. Beginners are welcome!

Date: Sunday, March 25 – Saturday, March 31
Time: Overnight – departing Sunday morning, returning Saturday night
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: Wednesday, March 21, 5:00 pm
Cost: $325

Spring Break Backpacking
Spring break isn’t just a break from class, but a retreat from the rush of college life in a big city. Take a break from those philosophy books and live like Thoreau and other figures you’ve been reading about about by spending a few reflective, regenerative days in nature. Challenging but rewarding, you will learn to live minimally, pack essentials into a single bag, cook tasty food, and live life on a trail. We will rise with the sun and fall asleep under the stars, hiking, cooking, and bonding in between. During this trip we will hike the beautiful Eagle-Rock Loop through Arkansas’ Ouachita national forest. This challenging trail winds through the scenic mountains of western Arkansas and will be accompanied by food breaks and, perhaps, a few hours hanging or swimming at the waterhole-a perfect end to a long day of hiking. Backpackers must be physically fit and provide their own footwear (sturdy hiking boots). Trip cost includes transportation, backcountry meals, equipment, instruction, and leadership.

Date: Sunday, March 25 – Friday, March 30
Time: Overnight – departing Sunday morning, returning Friday night
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: Wednesday, March 21, 6:30 pm
Cost: $250

Black Creek Canoe and Camp
Join us for an awesome overnight canoe trip in Mississippi’s beautiful Black Creek! We will explore the area by canoe, cook dinner, then camp on a sandbar. Cost includes transportation, food, equipment, instruction, and leadership.

Date: Saturday, April 7 – Sunday, April 8
Time: Overnight – departing early Saturday morning, returning late Sunday afternoon
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: Wednesday, April 4, 5:00 pm
Cost: $85

Bonnet Carre Spillway Hike – CHANGED TO FONTAINEBLEAU HIKE (See Below)
Join TU Rec Outdoor Adventures for a day trip to the Bonnet Carre Spillway! We will hike around for a few hours to explore this beautiful area along the Mississippi. You will see many interesting plants and animals on our hike along this man-made feature. This trip is perfect for anyone who wants to get outside, have tons of fun, and explore the Louisiana wilderness!

Date: Saturday, April 7
Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: $10

Fontainebleau Hike
Due to flooding at the Bonnet Care Spillway, we will be hiking at Fontainebleau State Park located on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain! We will hike around for a few hours to explore this beautiful area. You will see many interesting plants and animals on our hike along Bayou Cane including cypress and gum trees, snakes, birds, and maybe even an alligator. Cost includes transportation, entry fees, and leadership.

Date: Saturday, April 7
Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: $10

Beach Camping
Join TU Rec Outdoor Adventures for our popular beach camping adventure to Grand Isle. We will camp right on the sand, hike along a beautiful gulf shore barrier island, relax on the beach, and try stand-up paddleboarding. Trip cost includes food, transportation, activity fees, equipment, and leadership.

Date: Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15
Time: Overnight – departing Friday afternoon, returning Sunday afternoon
Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting: Wednesday, April 11, 5 pm
Cost: $85

Barataria Preserve Hike
A canopy of Spanish moss that drapes over a wildlife-inhabited swamp, the Barataria Preserve is a fairy tale land of green that provides a glance into the quintessential wetlands of Southern Louisiana. The preserve’s 23,000 acres include marshes, forests, meadows, 200 species of birds, and, most notably, alligators who love to sunbathe right off the path (but don’t worry, they won’t bother us!). We will spend the afternoon hiking the boardwalks and dirt trails that wind through this park. This trip is perfect for anyone who wants to get outside, have tons of fun, and explore the local wilderness!

Date: Sunday, April 15
Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: $10

Ocean Stand Up Paddleboarding
This sport’s origins stem from Hawaii, however, it certainly has caught on here on the Mainland. Paddleboarding combines balance and strength to create a truly unique form of transportation and of course, recreation. Paddleboarding has gained momentum as one of the hottest sports in the country. We will head down to Bay St. Louis and try it out in the Gulf of Mexico. There will be plenty of time for paddling, laying in the sun, and enjoying the day. Cost includes transportation, equipment, and lunch.

Date: Sunday, April 22
Time: 8:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: $30

 

 

General Trip Information

  • Trips are open to Tulane students only (undergraduate, graduate, medical, and law).
  • No alcohol, drugs, or other substances are permitted on trips.
  • Students must abide by the Student Code of Conduct
  • Attendance at the pre-trip meeting (usually the Wednesday before the trip) is mandatory.
  • Ask any questions you might have about your ability to participate in trip activities before you register. While our trips are geared towards beginners, it is up to you to estimate your physical abilities in advance.
  • Trip sign-up is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Full payment is due at the time of registration.
  • Proof of health insurance is required before trip begins.

Refund Information

  • I understand that by registering for a trip, I am committed to attend.
  • If the trip is canceled by Tulane Reily Student Recreation Center, I will receive a 100% refund.
  • I understand that if I cancel my registration anytime prior to the registration deadline, I will receive a 50% refund of the registration cost.
  • If I cancel after the registration deadline and my spot can not be filled I will not receive a refund.
  • Attendance at the pre-trip meeting is mandatory. Those who do not attend may not be able to attend the trip and may not be given a refund.

 

Outdoor Adventures
Department of Campus Recreation
(504) 314-2861
outdoorrec@tulane.edu