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Outdoor Adventures

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.

Adventures and Workshops

Spring Break Trip-Cumberland Island Seashore, Georgia

Dates: Saturday, March 17-Sunday, March 25. 2018
Trip is open to DePaul students only
Cost: $595; $200 depoist is due at time of registraiton; balance due by January 12
Registration deadline: January 12
Register at The Ray Membership Services desk; online registration is not accepted

Join Outdoor Adventures on a Spring Break volunteer vacation to the coast of Georgia. Reachable only by ferry or kayak, Cumberland Island National Seashore is known as one of the best seaside regions in the United States. 

Cumberland Island consists of 36,415 acres of beautiful beaches, mudflats, salt marshes, tidal creeks, and maritime forests. Wild animals roam the island, including white-tailed deer, nine-banded armadillos, wild boars, American alligators, and even feral horses. The island was first settled in the 16th and 17th centuries and missions were first established. Through the years the island was repeatedly attacked by French and Spanish pirates, ultimately leaving the island abandoned by the Spanish missionaries. After abandonment by the Spanish, a Native American tribe took over the island, only to be chased from the island by infectious disease in the colonial era. Through the years following, the island went through numerous phases of English then American habitation, being used as a military fort and plantation. Today the ruins of the islands diverse history tell a story for visitors to discover.

Our service project on Cumberland Island is trailwork on several trails around the island. After Hurricane Irma this fall, there has been significant destruction and help from volunteers will be critical to restoring the public areas of the island. We will camp in Hunt Camp. On our day off there will be opportunities to hike, relax on the beach, tour ruins or the museum, and rent bikes to explore the island.

The trip includes four days of service working on trails and campground maintenance and rehabilitation. We will take a ferry to and from the island, where we will camp for the week.  This trip will be strenuous. The expectation through the four service days will be that participants are active and contributing. Enthusiasm, ability to relax and have fun, and the desire to explore the outdoors are the major requirements!

The price includes transportation, all meals while camping, camping supplies, national park access, ferry rides, and work tools. Participants are responsible for their meals while travelling to and from Chicago.


Friday Rock Climbing Clinics - Every Friday!

Dates: Fridays September 15-November 10; January 5-March 9
Cost: $16
Registration deadline: Each Wednesday before the climb. Register at The Ray Membership Services desk, online or through The Ray at DePaul app! For details on how to get a user name and password and download the app, go to the Registration page.

Climb with us every Friday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm indoors at Lakeview Athletic Club (Belmont and Broadway). After your first climb, you'll have the opportunity to join the Cliffhangers Rock Climbing Club.

Devils Head Ski/Snowboard Trip; Sunday, January 28

Leave early, spend the day on the slopes and get back to campus before bed! Open to beginners and experienced skiers/snowboarders (lessons will be available for an additional fee).

Sunday, January 28; 6 am - 8 pm
Location: Devils Head Ski Resort; Merrimac, Wisconsin
Lift ticket and transportation: $69
Rental equepment: skis, boots, poles or snowboard/boots: $27
Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 23

Wellness Walk and Yoga Class; Friday, February 16; FREE!

Friday, February 16
Walk: Starts at The Ray; 1 pm
Yoga: Studio B; 3-3:45 pm
FREE!  NEW!
Tired of being cooped up inside? Time to opt outside and enjoy the restorative benefits of a nature walk followed by a special yoga class.
Meet at The Ray for a leisurely walk to the Lincoln Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show; return to The Ray for yoga!  You are welcome to participate in both activities or just choose one.
Sign-up online, in Membership Services or on the The Ray app!

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​.