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UConn Outdoors

Summer Session 2 - Adventure Trips & Clinics

July 14 – Stand-Up Paddleboard (AM)

Stand-Up Paddle-boarding (S.U.P.) is one of the fastest growing water sports and is a fun, easy way to play on the water.  Paddle-boarding offers an amazing full body workout while enjoying beautiful lake views. Expand your knowledge of outdoor water sports and have a blast! 

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

July 14 – Stand-Up Paddleboard (PM)

Stand-Up Paddle-boarding (S.U.P.) is one of the fastest growing water sports and is a fun, easy way to play on the water.  Paddle-boarding offers an amazing full body workout while enjoying beautiful lake views. Expand your knowledge of outdoor water sports and have a blast! 

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

July 14 – Day Hike

Get off campus for a day of scenic exercise in the outdoors and some relaxed sight-seeing.  Our staff is there to guide you along the trails as you enjoy the fresh air and check out the local wildlife. 

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

July 15 – Stand-Up Paddleboard – Willimantic River

Join us for a full day, point-to-point trip down the Willimantic River!  Our group will paddle over 5 miles downriver, exploring the local wildlife and waterways while spending some quality outdoor time in the summer sun with your fellow huskies! 

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided.

July 17 – Kayak Roll Clinic

Build on your basic paddling with some next level!  Brundage pool offers a convenient learning environment to continue gaining confidence and independence in your paddling skills with some guidance from our staff.  We will focus on the art of self-rescue by teaching the steps and helping you practice your roll in one of our whitewater kayaks! 

On-Campus Informational Clinic (SRF Members Only)

July 21 – Rock Climb (AM)

Rock climb at our best local beginner area, Wolf Rock on this half-day adventure, choose either a morning or afternoon session. Safety, belay and climbing techniques will be shared during the program so no previous experience is required. 

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

July 21 – Rock Climb (PM)

Rock climb at our best local beginner area, Wolf Rock on this half-day adventure, choose either a morning or afternoon session. Safety, belay and climbing techniques will be shared during the program so no previous experience is required. 

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

July 21 – Mountain Bike

UConn Outdoors takes you to some of the best trails in Connecticut for a great day of mountain biking. Riders of all skill levels will enjoy visiting one of our local destinations.  Our staff are there to teach basic biking skills and coach you through rugged terrain. 

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

July 22 – Mountain Bike

UConn Outdoors takes you to some of the best trails in Connecticut for a great day of mountain biking. Riders of all skill levels will enjoy visiting one of our local destinations.  Our staff are there to teach basic biking skills and coach you through rugged terrain. 

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

July 24 – Intro Bike Maintenance Clinic

Bring your own bike and leave with a clean machine after you learn the basics of bike maintenance in this hands on workshop. Our skilled bike mechanic will show you how to repair a flat, and properly clean and maintain your bike’s moving parts. Your hands will get dirty but your bike will love you for it! Tools and maintenance materials provided and participants are encouraged to bring their own bike. 

On-Campus Informational Clinic (SRF Members Only) 

July 25 – Bouldering Movement Clinic

Just started climbing? This clinic is just for you! Movement skills will be the primary component to achieving fluidity, efficiency, and grace in climbing. This clinic is for new climbers or climbers who want to put intention to physical movement.  Climbers will learn footwork, balance and body positioning. Students will also learn commonly used terms associated with climbing holds. 

On-Campus Informational Clinic (SRF Members Only)

July 27, 28, 29 – Backpack White Mts, NH

*Overnight back-country camping

Come spend a long weekend with us (3 days, 2 nights), backpacking in the remote back-country of the White Mountains in New Hampshire!  Climb the crown jewels of Northeast hiking and add some serious elevation to your camping experience on this rugged and beautiful terrain! 

Details will be covered at our mandatory pre-trip information meeting. 

Prerequisites: 

Must be able to attend mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting: Wed, 7/18 @5pm in UAC 

Must be able to carry 40lbs over 8 miles of rugged terrain 

Activity Level: High 

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Call the UAC at 86-486-8004 for more information 

July 28 – Surf Lesson

Always wanted to learn how to surf? UConn Outdoors and the guides of the Northeast Surfing Company will teach you how to surf, on the beautiful Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA.  No prior surf experience needed. The trip will consist of a 2-hour lesson that will start with basics teach the fundamental skills needed to surf.  

Activity Level: Moderate

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Aug 4 – Whitewater Kayak

Looking for an extreme, water-based challenge?  

Come, learn essential whitewater kayak skills in a supportive and fun environment, during two pool sessions with our knowledgeable staff.

Take your skills to the river with us on a trip on the Class I - II Fife Brook section of Deerfield River, Mass. Enjoy the beautiful Berkshires while taking on the waves in whitewater kayaking!

Prerequisites:

Must be able to attend BOTH mandatory Pre-Trip Pool Sessions: Wed(8/1) @5pm & Thu (8/2) @6:30pm in Brundage Pool, SRF

Must be able to swim

Activity Level: High

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided

Call the UAC at 86-486-8004 for more information

Aug 5 – Whitewater Kayak

Looking for an extreme, water-based challenge?   

Come, learn essential whitewater kayak skills in a supportive and fun environment, during two pool sessions with our knowledgeable staff. 

Take your skills to the river with us on a trip on the Class I - II Fife Brook section of Deerfield River, Mass. Enjoy the beautiful Berkshires while taking on the waves in whitewater kayaking!

Prerequisites: 

Must be able to attend BOTH mandatory Pre-Trip Pool Sessions: Wed(8/1) @6:30pm & Thu (8/2) @5pm in Brundage Pool, SRF 

Must be able to swim 

Activity Level: High 

Equipment, instruction and transportation provided 

Call the UAC at 86-486-8004 for more information 

Aug 7 – Advanced Bike Maintenance Clinic

Take a more focused look at the basics of bike maintenance in this hands on workshop.  Going beyond cleaning and flat tires, we will explore how to fix a chain, adjust your derailleurs and brakes, and trouble-shoot other issues. Your hands will get dirty but your bike will love you for it! Tools and maintenance materials provided and participants are encouraged to bring their own bike! 

On-Campus Informational Clinic (SRF Members Only) 

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General Information

UConn Outdoors is one of the diverse programs and services brought to you by UConn Recreation. Our base of operations is the UConn Adventure Center (UAC) located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. Our goal is to offer diverse and enjoyable instructional adventure experiences. We want you to challenge yourself, take a break from the campus grind and meet some great new people!

UConn Outdoors is proud to provide:

  • Knowledgeable instruction
  • Friendly & attentive service
  • Exciting programming
  • Quality outdoor equipment & facilities
  • Leadership development

Our staff includes outdoor professionals, qualified volunteers and fellow UConn students who have prepared through our training system to offer you a fantastic adventure experience . We have led successful programs for the past 15 years throughout New England, the continental United States and beyond. We look forward to offering you the adventure of your choice.

Program Registration with recregistration.uconn.edu

  • All program registration is done via the online registration portal recreg.uconn.edu
  • To use recreg.uconn.edu you must possess a valid UConn NetID and know your password
  • During your initial visit to the system you will be required to set up a complete user profile. Once your profile is created you can simply enter the system and manage your recreation program requests

Payment

For programs requiring payment your online registration will be considered “pending” until you make the required payment in person at the UAC. Payment can be made in the form of Husky Bucks, cash or check payable to “UConn Recreation.” All payments must be made in full. There are no refunds for cancellations of programs in which payment is required. You can find further information at recreg.uconn.edu.

Equipment Rental

The UConn Adventure Center rents high quality outdoor equipment at affordable prices for a wide variety of adventure sports including: cross country skis, snowshoes, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents (both backpacking and camp sizes) & mountain bikes. Please see our website for a list of available equipment with pricing. Group rates available. “Like” us on Facebook for the latest rental specials!