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 Fall 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 Weekly Yoga (difficulty 1)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: MTTh 4pm, and W 9am

Dates: January 13, 2020 through March 13, 2020

Participant Provides: Mats

Spots Taken: 0 / 25

MTTh 4pm, and W 9am VU 464 Breathe in. Breathe out. Join us every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 4pm, and Wednesdays at 9am, in VU 464 for a chance to relax and get your stretch on! No experience or registration necessary.

Intro to Ice Climbing (difficulty 3)

Cost: $285.00 (Guest: $285.00)

Time: All Long Weekend

Dates: January 18, 2020 through January 20, 2020

OC Provides: Transportation, Guides, Climbing Gear, Meals

Participant Provides: Warm Layers

Pre-trip meeting: Jan. 15, 2020, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

The snow is falling and the Canadian Ice is calling! Join us as we travel to the Great White North for a weekend of ice climbing. No prior climbing experience necessary; this course will cover top rope basics in the beautiful Lillooet B.C. The Outdoor Center’s Ice Climbing Trip is a classic annual that you won’t want to miss out on!

Birdwatching in The Arboretum (difficulty 1)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: Noon

Dates: January 18, 2020

Spots Taken: 0 / 20

Have you been hearing a call from the wild? Perhaps it’s your local birds! Bundle up and hike through the Arboretum this winter and introduce yourself to the different birds of Bellingham.

Beginning Ski & Snowboard 1 (difficulty 1)

Cost: $85.00 (Guest: $85.00)

Time: Day Trip

Dates: January 25, 2020

OC Provides: Transportation, Skis/Snowboards, Boots, Poles, Helmets

Participant Provides: Warm Layers, Snow Jackets and Pants, Gloves

Pre-trip meeting: Jan. 22, 2020, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 14

This winter program is designed for anyone in the WWU campus community that wants to learn how to ski or snowboard. The cost includes transportation and Mount Baker’s Best for Beginners Package (ski/snowboard rentals, lift ticket, and a 1.5 hour lesson) and winter memories that’ll last a lifetime!

Heather Meadows Snowshoe & Snowcone 1 (difficulty 1)

Cost: $40.00 (Guest: $40.00)

Time: Day Trip

Dates: January 26, 2020

OC Provides: Transportation, Snowshoes, Poles

Participant Provides: Warm Layers, Lunch

Pre-trip meeting: Jan. 22, 2020, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 12

Miss summer hiking in the Mt. Baker backcountry? Come give snowshoeing a try! These trips are designed for all skill and comfort levels. We’ll be headed into the Heather Meadows backcountry area to play in the snow and see the beautiful winter scenery while learning the basics of traveling on snowshoes.

Ski/Snowboard Waxing & Binding Adjustment (difficulty 0)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: 4:30pm

Dates: January 28, 2020

Spots Taken: 0 / 20

Learn to wax and adjust bindings for a smooth ride!

Intro to Winter Camping (difficulty 1)

Cost: $80.00 (Guest: $80.00)

Time: All Weekend

Dates: February 01, 2020 through February 02, 2020

OC Provides: Transportation, Group Gear, Snowshoes, Meals

Participant Provides: Warm Layers, Sleeping Bag and Pad

Pre-trip meeting: Jan. 29, 2020, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 14

Camping in the cold? Snow way! This trip will give you the skills and knowledge you need to build a snow cave and safely go camp in the mountains during winter. This annual adventure to the Mount Baker Wilderness Area is one of the Outdoor Center’s most popular overnight trips and a great chance to get outside and make some new friends!

Arb Hike & Backcountry Cooking (difficulty 1)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: Noon

Dates: February 01, 2020

Spots Taken: 0 / 20

Want to beat the blues this winter? Go on a relaxing hike through the Sehome Arboretum. A backcountry cooking course is offered with some gourmet grub at the end.

Beacon Scavenger Hunt (difficulty 0)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: 4:30pm

Dates: February 04, 2020

Spots Taken: 0 / 20

For serious sports you need serious equipment. Learn how to operate an essential location tool in an interactive game!

Hypothermia Help (difficulty 0)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: 4:30pm

Dates: February 11, 2020

Spots Taken: 0 / 20

Intro to the ten essentials and staying warm in the backcountry!

Backcountry Ski/Splitboard 1 (difficulty 3)

Cost: $55.00 (Guest: $55.00)

Time: Day Trip

Dates: February 15, 2020

OC Provides: Transportation, Skis/Snowboards, Boots, Poles, Skins

Participant Provides: Helmets, Lunch

Pre-trip meeting: Feb. 12, 2020, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

Tired of the resort? Wanting to see more of the mountains and less of the crowds? These day trips are designed for those who have proficient skiing or splitboarding experience and are eager to explore the backcountry! Rentals are included!

Bham Bike Tour (difficulty 1)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: Noon

Dates: February 15, 2020

Spots Taken: 0 / 20

Go on a bike tour on the South Bay Trail through Boulevard Park. Cool down with an optional polar plunge at Boulevard Park. Warm up and reflect afterwards with hot chocolate!.

DIY Bike Clinic (difficulty 0)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: 4:30pm

Dates: February 18, 2020

Spots Taken: 0 / 20

Learn the basics of bike anatomy, tools, and general care from one of our qualified staff!

Beginning Ski & Snowboard 2 (difficulty 1)

Cost: $85.00 (Guest: $85.00)

Time: Day Trip

Dates: February 22, 2020

OC Provides: Transportation, Skis/Snowboards, Boots, Poles, Helmets

Participant Provides: Warm Layers, Snow Jackets and Pants, Gloves

Pre-trip meeting: Feb. 19, 2020, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 14

This winter program is designed for anyone in the WWU campus community that wants to learn how to ski or snowboard. The cost includes transportation and Mount Baker’s Best for Beginners Package (ski/snowboard rentals, lift ticket, and a 1.5 hour lesson) and winter memories that’ll last a lifetime!

Heather Meadows Snowshoe & Snowcone 2 (difficulty 1)

Cost: $40.00 (Guest: $40.00)

Time: Day Trip

Dates: February 23, 2020

OC Provides: Transportation, Snowshoes, Poles

Participant Provides: Warm Layers, Lunch

Pre-trip meeting: Feb. 19, 2020, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 12

Miss summer hiking in the Mt. Baker backcountry? Come give snowshoeing a try! These trips are designed for all skill and comfort levels. We’ll be headed into the Heather Meadows backcountry area to play in the snow and see the beautiful winter scenery while learning the basics of traveling on snowshoes.

Pop, Lock, & Patch It (difficulty 0)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: 4:30pm

Dates: February 25, 2020

Spots Taken: 0 / 20

Don’t let a flat tire hold you back from adventure, learn how to fix a hole in your tube by patching it on the go!

Skate Skiing in Leavenworth (difficulty 2)

Cost: $190.00 (Guest: $190.00)

Time: All Weekend

Dates: February 28, 2020 through March 01, 2020

OC Provides: Transportation, Skis/Snowboards, Boots, Poles, Meals

Participant Provides: Warm Layers

Pre-trip meeting: Feb. 26, 2020, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 13

Step - step - glide… come get nordic with the Outdoor Center! We’ll be headed down to Leavenworth for an overnight adventure to enjoy some snowy magic, cozy hot cocoa, and lots of laughs as we cruise around on metal snakes.

Native Plant Tour (difficulty 1)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: Noon

Dates: February 29, 2020

Spots Taken: 0 / 20

Meet your local plant friends with a walk through the Arboretum. This calming stroll will give students an opportunity to identify different trees and plants that grow in the Arboretum.

Womxn Sea Kayak & Backcountry Cooking (difficulty 1)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: Day Trip

Dates: March 08, 2020

OC Provides: Transportation, Kayaks, Group Gear, Food

Participant Provides: Warm Layers, Hunger for Tasty Food

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

The Outdoor Center and Womxn Identity Resource Center have teamed up to bring folks of marginalized gender identities to the outdoors! Paddle in Bellingham Bay and learn to cook a delicious meal with backcountry equipment on shore. This trip is open to anyone of a marginalized gender identity and is great for beginner kayakers!

Backcountry Ski/Splitboard 2 (difficulty 3)

Cost: $55.00 (Guest: $55.00)

Time: Day Trip

Dates: March 14, 2020

OC Provides: Transportation, Skis/Snowboards, Boots, Poles

Participant Provides: Helmets, Lunch

Pre-trip meeting: March 11, 2020, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

Tired of the resort? Wanting to see more of the mountains and less of the crowds? These day trips are designed for those who have proficient skiing or splitboarding experience and are eager to explore the backcountry! Rentals are included!

Chuckanut Bike Tour (difficulty 1)

Cost: Free (Guest: Free)

Time: Noon

Dates: March 14, 2020

Spots Taken: 0 / 20

Balance school work with a mindful bike ride! The ride starts at Western and cruises down to the Interurban Trail. Participants will see how to access the Chuckanuts Mountains via bike from campus.

Backpacking in Utah (difficulty 3)

Cost: $525.00 (Guest: $525.00)

Time: All Spring Break

Dates: March 21, 2020 through March 29, 2020

OC Provides: Transportation, Group Gear, Meals

Participant Provides: Clothes and Shoes appropriate for hiking

Pre-trip meeting: March 18, 2020, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 0 / 10

Spring break plans up in the air? Never fear! If you’ve ever dreamed of eating delicious dessert out in a deserted desert at dusk then this sweet adventure is right for you! We’ll shake off the stress of finals week and boogie on down to the southwest for a memorable week of backpacking. Bright your sunscreen!