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Outdoor Adventures

​​During these unprecedented times, we continue to explore outdoor options we may safely offer while adhering to all state, city, and university COVID-19 guidelines.  Join us for a physically-distanced Chicago River paddle or a nature walk around Lincoln Park. ​

Do you want to escape bustling city life by exploring beautiful locations and experiencing outdoor activities? Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Adventure program provides trips and workshops that are both educational and fun. 

Register in person at The Ray during Membership Services hours or register online.*
*a unique Campus Recreation (not your Campus Connect) log-in is needed to register online: online instructions.

Adventures and Workshops

Question: Lincoln Park or Virtual - Reflective Nature Walk w/Vinny Fest
Answer:

Join us for a short "physically distanced" nature walk through Lincoln Park and enjoy a opportunity to socialize and reflect on some of the beauty just a short walk away. Part of Vinny Fest 2020, this event is a chance to celebrate St. Vincent and reflect on his legacy of respect, inclusion, and appreciation of life.  Participants will walk through Lincoln Park, meet new friends, and have a chance to see and appreciate the beauty around in ways that support that legacy and mission.

Our group will walk to Lincoln Park to check out the meditation garden, the park itself, and the Lincoln Park Conservatory (subject to closure) before looping back to the Ray. Take in the trees, fall colors, and the beauty the area provides.

Not on campus?

Do your own Virtual "Walk with Vincent" anytime during the week. Wherever you are at, you can join in by taking a two-mile walk and enjoy some reflection on the area surrounding you. If you want, take a selfie and tag #VINNYFEST, @mmatmdepaul and @depaulcampusrec.

Dates:

Friday, September 25:  1 pm - 3 pm (in collaboration with VinnyFest 2020)

Location:

Meet at 12:45 pm at the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center (2235 N Sheffield Ave) OR take part in the virtual walk.

Cost: FREE

To Register:  For details on how to get a user name and password or to download The Ray App, go to the Registration page.

There's no better way to see Chicago than to get outside and explore the downtown from the views on the Chicago River. The trip starts in a natural section of the Chicago River before winding through downtown's "skyscraper canyon." On this urban tour you're likely to see wildlife, barges, and awesome architecture.  Single kayaks only to adhere to physical distancing.  Additionally, participants may meet us at the Ray and walk to the 2 miles to the launch site to add a "physically distanced hiking" component to the trip or can meet us at 10 am at the launch site (500 N Kingsbury).

Dates:

Friday Fun Paddle - Friday, September 18;  Must register by September 14

Times: 8:45 am -2 pm

Cost: $35

To Register:  For details on how to get a user name and password or to download The Ray App, go to the Registration page.  You must sign up through this site to be eligible for this trip.

Participants: DePaul Students only; Maximum participation - 20 students. 

In our urban campus setting, its often easy to miss some of the nature around the area that is just a short hike away.  Join us for a short "physically distanced" nature walk through Lincoln Park and enjoy a opportunity to socialize and reflect on some of the beauty just a short walk away. Our group will walk to Lincoln Park to check out the meditation garden, the park itself, and the Lincoln Park Conservatory (subject to closure) before looping back to the Ray. Take in the trees, fall colors, and the beauty the area provides.

Dates:

Wednesday, October 7:  3 pm - 5 pm
Sunday, October 18:  11 am - 1 pm

Cost: FREE

To Register:  For details on how to get a user name and password or to download The Ray App, go to the Registration page.  You must sign up through this site to be eligible for this trip.

Our friends at Oregon State University are running a series of "Remote Outdoor Programs" designed to help continue outdoor education and refreshing skills, even while we are "sheltering in place." Register for Dutch Oven Basics, Prepping your Backpack, Basics of Primitive Skills, and more.  Programs are offered on a variety of days and times. For more information on all of the available programs and offerings, check out their site HERE

Missing the outdoors or wanting to go explore?  Here are some ways to adventure from your own home!

The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks

Teaming up with “Google Arts and Culture,” five different national parks have created virtual tours that allow you to explore and experience the parks.  Travel through hoodoo’s and gaze at the Milky Way in Utah’s Bryce Canyon, kayak through icebergs in Alaska’s Kenai Fjords, explore a lava tube in Hawi’i Volcanoes, “see” life as a bat through New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns, or swim through the third-largest coral reef in the world in Florida’s Dry Tortugas. 

Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming

Explore and learn about a number of the main attractions in the park and find pointers to plan your visit when we are able to get out and about again. View the park through a number of live webcams, including one that will show you “Old Faithful” erupting.

Rocky Mountain National Park’s “Wildlife Sounds Index”, Colorado

Need sounds in the background that bring you to the outdoors instead of a concert? Check out the “Wildlife Sounds Index” through Rocky Mountain National Park. The index covers anything from animals to various soundscapes to various parts of the park.

Trek the Grand Canyon - Arizona

Click your way through the famous Bright Angel Trail and see the canyon walls in all of their glory. Traveling from the South Kaibab trailhead down to Phantom Ranch, this trek allows you to explore the trail yourself.

Registration

Adventure trips are designed for DePaul University students, with a limited number of spaces open to faculty and staff. Register through our online registration system.