The Outdoor Adventure Program, part of the Campus Recreation, seeks to offers a variety of outdoor trips for the university community. Our trips are designed for beginners who may have never hiked, camped, or paddled before. We seek to offer trips to meet every person's skill level in order to challenge each person to grow through the experience but also to have fun and develop relationships along the way. Below is more information about trip policies and procedures. For more information about a specific trips we are offering this semester, click the trip name on the Trip Calendar. For an overview of all the different types of trips we offer, go to our Trip Information page.
Trip Frequently Asked Questions
When do we Leave and Return?
Departure and return times vary depending on the trip. We typically leave between 7-8 a.m. for most weekend trips, and return between 5-6 p.m. For trips leaving on Fridays we leave as early as possible depending on the schedules of the group members, typically around 5 p.m. For information on the specific departure and return times, first check the trip handout which includes an itinerary. Trip handouts can be found on the Trip Calendar page; by clicking the name of the trip you are interested in, you can view a PDF with a lot of trip-specific information on it.
Do I Need Previous Experience?
For most trips, no previous experience is required. We design trips with beginners in mind, and love to introduce people to new experiences. Some trips do require some previous experience, such as the Grand Canyon Spring Break trip. To find out if the trip you are interested in requires previous experience, review the handout for that specific trip by clicking the trip name on the Trip Calendar page. You can also contact the trip leaders listed on the trip handout with any questions or concerns.
What Does the Trip Cost Include?
- Transportation: typically 12-passenger van, traveling together is an important aspect of trips; it gives us time to get to know each other and helps us stay on time.
- Meals: for all overnight trips, excluding meals on the road
- Instruction and Leadership: our trained staff will teach you the skills you need to know to be successful!
- Equipment: From head lamps and sleeping bags to climbing shoes, you are covered. *Skis on downhill skiing trips are not included in trip cost
- Accommodations: campsite, entrance, and permit fees
How Physically Demanding are the Trips?
Each trip has a physical exertion rating ranging from low, moderate, and high. In general, if you are an active person in good physical health, you should expect to do fine. Physical exertion ratings are outlined on trip handouts; however, please contact us if you have questions or concerns regarding your ability to participate.
What are Pre-Trip Meetings?
All overnight trips and some day trips have a mandatory Pre-Trip meeting. This meeting includes a review of trip policies, emergency procedures, itinerary, logistics, packing list review, meal planning and equipment issue. Attendance at this meeting is required. If you are unable to attend the meeting due to a conflict, it is VERY important that you contact us. The pre-trip meeting date and time is listed on the trip details handout available on the trip calendar page.
For some shorter trips, the trip leaders will contact the participants individually a day or two before the trip to confirm the details of the trip. Please make sure your email and telephone contact information is correct when registering for any trip so we can effectively communicate with you.
What is Transportation Like?
We provide transportation for all of our trips in 12 passenger vans with a few exceptions. We expect that the group will ride together. This is because an important part of our trip is giving participants a chance to get to know other people and the travel time allows great opportunities to do this. Traveling separately also often causes logistics issues and makes it more difficult to stay on track with time. Another perk, is that everyone can relax on the drive back, after a full day outdoors..
You can register by clicking the "register now" link on the trip calendar or visiting the welcome desk at the campus recreation center. Trips can fill up fast, but if the trip you want to participate in is full, be sure to get on the waiting list in case a spot opens up.
Current students, faculty, and staff members of UMass Lowell are eligible to participate in OAP trips and events. Students who are under 18 years of age must have forms signed by their parent/legal guardian before being eligible to participate in a trip. If you are unsure of your eligibility please contact us.
Trip fees generally cover the following expenses: transportation, campsite fees, instruction, entrance fees, trip equipment, and some meals on overnight trips. Cancellations must be made 14 days prior to trip departure
The Outdoor Adventure Program allows one 1 non-university guest per student/staff participant per trip.
Wait List Policy
When a participant signs up on the wait list for a trip, they are indicating interest in participation in this trip. Participants on the wait list are not charged for trip costs, although they may have entered their card information online. If a spot opens up on the trip, the first person on the waiting list will be contacted by OAP Staff. They will have set amount of time (1-2 days) to complete their registration for the trip before the next wait listed person is called. If they are no longer available to participate or do not complete their registration in 2 days, the spot will be opened up to the next person on the waiting list.