Excursions

Are you interested in getting outside? 

Do you want to meet new friends and learn new skills?

Excursions is the place for you!

  

Excursions provide 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. Come visit us in VU 150.

 

For more information email as.oc.excursions.coord@wwu.edu or call 360-650-7677

 

Come to the Outdoor Center to sign up today!

 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.   

 

Fall 2018 Outdoor Center Informational Clinics

 

Meet up with the knowledgeable staff at the Outdoor Center on Tuesdays at 4pm for free clinics regarding outdoor recreation (location varies, see below).  No experience necessary, just bring yourself and an eagerness to learn!

October 16th: Bike Maintenance (in the Outdoor Center – VU 150)

October 23rd: Climbing 101 (in the Outdoor Center – VU 150)

November 6th: Backcountry Cooking (in Red Square – look for our table!)

November 13th: Orienteering (in Red Square – look for our table!)

November 27th: Winter Backcountry Essentials (in the Outdoor Center – VU 150)

 

Community Events

 

Tie-Dye and Tunes with the Outdoor Center - FREE

  • Date: October 9th @4pm
  • Location: Old Main Lawn
  • Description: Come out to Old Main Lawn to grab a free Outdoor Center t-shirt to tie-dye and hangout with us! There will also be music, snacks and slacklines 

 

REEL Rock Film Festival - $6

  • Date: November 8th @ 7pm (doors open at 6:15pm)
  • Location: Arntzen Hall 100
  • Description: Join as we host REEL Rock’s 13th annual film tour showcasing some of the best adventure and climbing videos of the year. Get a seat early and hold on to your raffle ticket – there will be a drawing for prizes from local vendors that you won’t want to miss out on!

 

Mindfulness in the Mountains Morning Meditation Hike (difficulty 0)

Cost: $25.00 (Guest: $25.00)

Time: 7am-1pm

Dates: September 29, 2018

Spots Taken: 5 / 12

Get an early start on a Saturday! This trip will be focused on community connection, intentionality, and mindfulness as we dive into another hectic quarter.

Weekly Yoga (MW) (difficulty 0)

Cost: FREE (Guest: FREE)

Time: 4-5pm

Dates: October 01, 2018 through December 05, 2018

Participant Provides: Yoga mat

Spots Taken: 0 / 0

Breathe in. Breathe out. Join us every Monday and Wednesday in VU464 at 4pm for a chance to relax and get your stretch on! No experience or registration necessary. Sessions will not be held on 11/12 and 11/21.

Bellingham Bike Series: Lake Padden Bike&Swim (difficulty 0)

Cost: $9.00 (Guest: $9.00)

Time: 4-7pm

Dates: October 04, 2018

Participant Provides: Bike (any type), helmet

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

Ride with us out to Lake Padden for a relaxing evening of biking and swimming. Don't forget your towel! Join us every Thursday in October as we explore what our city has to offer! From rocky beaches to mountain trails, Bellingham has it all. Come to one or come to all and get to know your biking community!

Skagit River Rafting (difficulty 0)

Cost: $45.00 (Guest: $45.00)

Time: 8am-4pm

Dates: October 07, 2018

Pre-trip meeting: Oct. 3, 2018, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 9 / 11

Get wet n'wild on this rafting adventure down the Skagit River! We'll enjoy scenic mountains and early fall colors while getting splashy! The Outdoor Center provides all gear necessary - but don't forget to bring your Go-Pro!

Bellingham Bike Series: Bike-Beach Tour (difficulty 0)

Cost: $9.00 (Guest: $9.00)

Time: 4-7pm

Dates: October 11, 2018

Participant Provides: Bike (any type), helmet

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

Cruise out along the Interurban Trail with the Outdoor Center on a quest to find some of the best beaches in town. We'll spend some time hanging out and watching the sunset before heading back up to campus. Join us every Thursday in October as we explore what our city has to offer! From rocky beaches to mountain trails, Bellingham has it all. Come to one or come to all and get to know your biking community!

Intro to Backpacking (difficulty 0)

Cost: $95.00 (Guest: $95.00)

Time: All weekend

Dates: October 13, 2018 through October 14, 2018

Pre-trip meeting: Oct. 10, 2018, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 5 / 9

Learn the basics of backpacking in the beautiful, lush forests of the Pacific Northwest! Backpacking can be intimidating but we're here to help you learn the skills you need to get outside on your own. We'll cover what gear to pack, effective route planning, backcountry cooking, Leave No Trace ethics, and so much more! Dinner will be included for both the classroom evening and the weekend trip.

Bellingham Bike Series: WOMXN Mountain Bike (difficulty 0)

Cost: $9.00 (Guest: $9.00)

Time: 9am-2pm

Dates: October 13, 2018

Participant Provides: Mountain bike, helmet

Spots Taken: 1 / 9

Let's go biking together! This is a safe, inclusive, and empowering experience for any female-identifying student to get on some local trails. Rain or shine, you'll find us out there!

Bellingham Bike Series: Chuckanut Mountain Bike (difficulty 0)

Cost: $9.00 (Guest: $9.00)

Time: 4-7pm

Dates: October 18, 2018

Spots Taken: 0 / 9

Join us on Thursdays in October as we explore what our city has to offer! From rocky beaches to mountain trails, Bellingham has it all. Come to one or come to all and get to know your biking community!

Full Moon Night Hike (difficulty 0)

Cost: $15.00 (Guest: $15.00)

Time: 6-9pm

Dates: October 24, 2018

Spots Taken: 12 / 12

The days might be getting shorter but that doesn't mean we're going to stay inside all day! Make the most of your Wednesday and get outside! Don't have a headlamp for this evening hike? Not to worry - the Outdoor Center has plenty to loan.

Bellingham Bike Series: Galbraith Mountain Bike (difficulty 0)

Cost: $9.00 (Guest: $9.00)

Time: 4-7pm

Dates: October 25, 2018

Participant Provides: Mountain bike, helmet

Spots Taken: 2 / 9

Come with us as we explore one of Bellingham's best mountain bike areas! This fun-filled adventure is great for any experience level. Join us on Thursdays in October as we explore what our city has to offer! From rocky beaches to mountain trails, Bellingham has it all. Come to one or come to all and get to know your biking community!

No Moon Star Hike (difficulty 0)

Cost: $15.00 (Guest: $15.00)

Time: 6-9pm

Dates: November 07, 2018

Spots Taken: 8 / 12

We can't speak for the stars, but we'll be out there rain or shine! No headlamp? No problem - the Outdoor Center has plenty to loan.

Intro to Outdoor Sport Climbing (difficulty 0)

Cost: $190.00 (Guest: $190.00)

Time: All weekend

Dates: November 10, 2018 through November 12, 2018

Participant Provides: Climbing shoes

Pre-trip meeting: Nov. 7, 2018, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 3 / 9

Started climbing in the gym but like being outside? Come learn the ins and outs of outdoor sport climbing with us! We'll start with a classroom day to cover some new skills and then a weekend trip to have some fun. No experience necessary.

Intro to Sea Kayaking (difficulty 0)

Cost: $220.00 (Guest: $220.00)

Time: All weekend

Dates: November 10, 2018 through November 12, 2018

Spots Taken: 6 / 9

Did you know that WWU owns a rustic cabin in the San Juan Islands? This intro to sea kayak course will take you there! A classroom day will get us in the know-how for the more technical aspects of kayaking and then we'll head to Viqueen Lodge for 3 days of practice and exploration! Dinner will be included for the weekend trip. No experience necessary.

Rafting with Raptors (difficulty 0)

Cost: $45.00 (Guest: $45.00)

Time: 8am-4pm

Dates: November 17, 2018

Pre-trip meeting: Nov. 14, 2018, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 6 / 11

During the winter months, the Skagit River is home to one of the largest concentration of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Join us as we float the calm section of the river through misty mountains with hot cocoa & camera in hand!

Mindfulness in the Mountains Hike to Hotsprings (difficulty 0)

Cost: $25.00 (Guest: $20.00)

Time: 8am-4pm

Dates: December 01, 2018

Spots Taken: 5 / 12

Relax before dead week! Get the blood flowing! Soak the stress away! This trip will be focused on community connection, intentionality, and mindfulness as we wrap up the end of Fall quarter.

Backcountry Ski (difficulty 1)

Cost: $60.00 (Guest: $60.00)

Time: 8am-4pm

Dates: December 08, 2018

Participant Provides: Skis

Pre-trip meeting: Dec. 5, 2018, 5 p.m.

Spots Taken: 3 / 9

Dead week got you down? Come out with us to explore some wintery landscapes on this early season adventure! This will be a day filled with romping in the snow and breathing in that fresh mountain air! This trip is designed for those who have some previous experience skiing.