Excursions

Outdoor Center Excursions

 

Excursions provides an opportunity to get outside and connect with the local northwest lifestyle, while learning valuable leadership and technical skills. Our trips are designed and led by students, for the WWU campus community.

 

Signups for Spring Quarter Excursions have launched! 

Sorry, no online registration available - come to VU 150 to sign up for trips and get more information!

 

 

Sign-Up Deadline: 4pm the day of the Pre-Trip meeting or 2 days prior to the event date.

 

Refund Policy: Refunds must be completed by 4pm the day of Pre-trip meeting, and have the original receipt. Any cancellation after the pre-trip meeting may not see a refund in payment.   

 

 

 

Free Bham Bike Tour 1 (difficulty 1)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: 12:45pm

Dates: September 23, 2019

OC Provides: Bike and helmet rentals

Spots Taken: 0 / 15

Did you bring a bike to campus but not sure of the best ways to get around town? The Outdoor Center invites you to join them on a group ride that will take you to a few of the main hubs of activity. Utilizing Bellingham’s amazing trail system and bike lanes you will tour Fairhaven, Boulevard Park, and Downtown. Essential equipment includes a helmet and bike. All skill levels are invited to participate! If you did not bring a bike to campus but would like to participate, the Outdoor Center has a limited number of bikes that will be free of cost for this ride! (Session repeats on Tuesday at 12:45pm.)

Free Bham Bike Tour 2 (difficulty 1)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: 12:45pm

Dates: September 24, 2019

OC Provides: Bike and helmet rentals

Spots Taken: 0 / 15

Did you bring a bike to campus but not sure of the best ways to get around town? The Outdoor Center invites you to join them on a group ride that will take you to a few of the main hubs of activity. Utilizing Bellingham’s amazing trail system and bike lanes you will tour Fairhaven, Boulevard Park, and Downtown. Essential equipment includes a helmet and bike. All skill levels are invited to participate! If you did not bring a bike to campus but would like to participate, the Outdoor Center has a limited number of bikes that will be free of cost for this ride! (Session repeats on Tuesday at 12:45pm.)

Free Weekly Yoga (difficulty 1)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: MTWF 4-5pm, Th 9-10am

Dates: September 30, 2019 through December 06, 2019

Participant Provides: Yoga mat

Spots Taken: 0 / 0

Get your stretch on with us every weekday this fall with our free yoga! No experience or registration required!

Free Tie Dye & Tunes (difficulty 0)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: 4pm

Dates: October 01, 2019

OC Provides: Free Outdoor Center T-Shirts, Tie Dye

Participant Provides: Creativity

Spots Taken: 0 / 1000000

Come tie-dye a free Outdoor Center t-shirt and get any of your questions regarding our programs answered! We will be chilling Old Main Lawn with tunes, snacks, and freebies - see you there!

Tips & Tricks to Slacklining (difficulty 1)

Cost: $5.00 (Guest: $5.00)

Time: 4pm

Dates: October 08, 2019

OC Provides: Slacklines

Spots Taken: 0 / 10

Come hang-out with us outside of Old Main and learn the basics of slacklining!

Sunset Sea Kayak (difficulty 1)

Cost: $35.00 (Guest: $35.00)

Time: 4pm

Dates: October 09, 2019

OC Provides: Kayaks, Group Gear, Transportation, Guides

Participant Provides: Warm Layers

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

Paddle in Bellingham Bay for the best sunset-viewing seats in town! This excursion is great for beginner kayakers.

Intro to Sport Climbing (difficulty 2)

Cost: $85.00 (Guest: $85.00)

Time: Two Day Trips

Dates: October 12, 2019 through October 13, 2019

OC Provides: Transportation, Guides, Climbing Gear, Dinner

Participant Provides: Climbing Shoes, Lunch/Breakfast

Pre-trip meeting: Oct. 9, 2019, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

Come learn the ins-and-outs of outdoor sport climbing! Learn and practice climbing during the day at Mt. Erie, and camp overnight at Deception Pass! This is a great instructional pathway into rock climbing for all skill levels!

Biking 101 (difficulty 1)

Cost: $5.00 (Guest: $5.00)

Time: 9am-3pm

Dates: October 13, 2019

OC Provides: Bikes, Helmets

Participant Provides: Lunch

Spots Taken: 0 / 8

Let’s get you rolling on learning to ride a bike! This 9am-3pm clinic will include learning and practicing basic skills of bike riding, as well as principles of cycling safety, how to choose a bike, and info on gear and clothing! Bikes provided by the Outdoor Center!

DIY Bike Repair (difficulty 0)

Cost: $5.00 (Guest: $5.00)

Time: 4pm

Dates: October 22, 2019

Spots Taken: 0 / 15

Try your hand at the repair skills required to keep your bike running smoothly!

Surfing at Hobuck (difficulty 2)

Cost: $160.00 (Guest: $160.00)

Time: All Weekend

Dates: October 25, 2019 through October 27, 2019

OC Provides: Transportation, Surfboards, Wetsuits w/ Hoods and Booties, Tents, Cooking Gear

Participant Provides: A Radical Attitude, Sleeping Bag and Pad, Warm Layers, Breakfasts and Lunch

Pre-trip meeting: Oct. 23, 2019, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 12

Dude. Surfing in the Pacific Northwest? Come spend a radical weekend with us at Hobuck Beach on the Olympic Peninsula! This two-day instructional trip includes surfboards, thick wetsuits with hoods and booties, and dinners! No experience required. We will head out from the OC at 5pm on Friday! Come catch a wave with us!

New Moon Night Hike (difficulty 1)

Cost: $35.00 (Guest: $35.00)

Time: 6pm

Dates: October 28, 2019

OC Provides: Headlamps, Transportation

Participant Provides: Warm Layers, Comfortable Shoes

Spots Taken: 0 / 12

Witness the beginnings of a new moon phase on this dusky night hike! In this hike we will guide you through our lush local forests for a new kind of evening experience. No headlamp? No problem! The Outdoor Center has plenty to loan.

Backpacking in the Northern Cascades (difficulty 1)

Cost: $90.00 (Guest: $90.00)

Time: Two Days

Dates: November 02, 2019 through November 03, 2019

OC Provides: Transportation, Guides, Group Gear, Dinner

Participant Provides: Personal Gear (see gear list), Warm Layers, Sturdy Shoes, Breakfast/Lunch/Snacks

Pre-trip meeting: Oct. 30, 2019, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

Learn the basics of backpacking and experience the lush forests in Bellingham’s backyard! The Northern Cascades offer us miles upon miles of multi-day backpacking opportunities, but it can be difficult to set up camp without the necessary knowledge. Never fear! This trip will cover topics from what gear to pack, effective route planning, backcountry cooking, ‘Leave No Trace’ ethics, and more! Dinners are provided during both the classroom session and the weekend backpacking trip. No experience required!

Backcountry Cooking (difficulty 0)

Cost: $5.00 (Guest: $5.00)

Time: 4pm

Dates: November 05, 2019

Spots Taken: 0 / 15

Come learn how to spice up your backcountry grub from our top rated michelin star backcountry chefs!

Sea Kayaking to Viqueen (difficulty 2)

Cost: $160.00 (Guest: $160.00)

Time: All Weekend

Dates: November 09, 2019 through November 11, 2019

OC Provides: Kayaks, Group Gear, Dinners, Transportation, Guides

Participant Provides: Warm Layers, Breakfasts/Lunch/Snacks

Pre-trip meeting: Nov. 4, 2019, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

Did you know that Western owns a rustic cabin in the San Juan Islands called Viqueen Lodge? This introductory sea kayaking course will take you there! A class-room day will dive into the basics of kayaking, then we’ll charter out to the Viqueen Lodge on Sinclair Island for three days of practice paddling, exploration, hiking and other shenanigans. Dinners will be provided for the weekend trip. No experience required! Pre Trip Meeting: Nov 4th, 5pm Classroom Session: Nov 6th, 5pm

Leavenworth Yoga Retreat (difficulty 1)

Cost: $160.00 (Guest: $160.00)

Time: All Weekend

Dates: November 09, 2019 through November 11, 2019

OC Provides: Transportation, Instructors, Breakfasts, Dinners

Participant Provides: Yoga Mats, Good Vibes, Lunches

Pre-trip meeting: Nov. 6, 2019, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 10

Deepen your yoga practice with us at our first ever yoga retreat at Leavenworth’s KOA cabins! This three-day trip will offer you a break from your daily routines to focus on balancement of your physical, emotional, and spiritual being. Our yoga instructors will be present to guide practice in asana poses and meditation for yogis of all skill levels. Forget about midterms and join us on this journey for personal growth!

Full Moon Night Hike (difficulty 1)

Cost: $35.00 (Guest: $35.00)

Time: 6pm

Dates: November 12, 2019

OC Provides: Headlamps, Transportation

Participant Provides: Warm Layers, Comfortable Shoes

Spots Taken: 0 / 12

Energize yourself under the first full moon of the fall quarter! This night hike will have you experience the local forests from a new perspective. No headlamp? No problem! The Outdoor Center has plenty to loan!

Womxn Mountain Bike (difficulty 2)

Cost: $9.00 (Guest: $9.00)

Time: Day Trip

Dates: November 24, 2019

OC Provides: Mountain Bikes, Transportation, Guides

Participant Provides: Helmets, Preferred Biking Gear (e.g., gloves, padding)

Pre-trip meeting: Nov. 20, 2019, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 7

Let’s hit the trails! Learn and practice mountain biking in a safe, inclusive and empowering environment for any female-identifying students! Bikes included with options for hard-tail and full suspension!

Faculty & Staff Eagle Float (difficulty 1)

Cost: $50.00 (Guest: $50.00)

Time: 8am

Dates: December 07, 2019

OC Provides: Rafts, Paddles, Splash Tops, PDFs, Helmets, Wetsuits

Participant Provides: Warm Layers, Lunch

Pre-trip meeting: Dec. 4, 2019, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 11

Did you know that during the winter months the Skagit River becomes home to the largest concentration of eagles in the lower 48 states? Come float with us and see! This trip is open to all faculty and staff across campus!

Backcountry Skiing (difficulty 3)

Cost: $60.00 (Guest: $60.00)

Time: Day Trip

Dates: December 08, 2019

OC Provides: Transportation, Guides

Participant Provides: Ski Gear, Warm Layers, Lunch

Pre-trip meeting: Dec. 4, 2019, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

Dead week got you down? Come explore Washington’s wintery landscapes in this early season adventure! Get your work-out skinning on the way up, and get that adrenaline pumping on the way down! This trip is designed for those who have some previous skiing experience.