Trips & Custom Experiences

Outdoor recreation at its best

Experience the thrill of outdoor recreation on an IU Outdoor Adventures trip. Choose from one of IUOA’s many adventure trips, or design a custom experience just for your group. You can even become an IUOA trip leader and help other students experience the fun and excitement of exploring the natural world.

Take an adventure trip

No matter what types of outdoor activities you enjoy—or what your skill level is—there’s an IUOA adventure trip for you. IUOA offers a variety of excursions each year to destinations near and far. So get ready to hike, bike, climb, canoe, kayak, and raft everywhere from the Carolinas to California.

For more information about adventure trips, contact Tyler Kivland at 812-855-9883 or tkivland@indiana.edu.

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Sample custom experiences

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Hourly events

TYPICALLY ON OR NEAR CAMPUS

Examples of hourly activities include climbing on the IUOA bouldering wall in Eigenmann Hall, fun and games in Dunn Meadow, or facilitated initiatives in the Indiana Memorial Union.

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Day trips

TYPICALLY WITHIN 1–2 HOURS FROM CAMPUS

Examples of typical day trips include kayaking, canoeing, or stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Monroe or the Flatrock River; hiking in the Hoosier National Forest; or rock climbing at Unlikely Wall.

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Weekend trips

TYPICALLY WITHIN 4–8 HOURS FROM CAMPUS

Examples of typical weekend trips include hiking and rock climbing at the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, coastal kayaking at Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan, or whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River in North Carolina.

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Week+ trips

TYPICALLY WITHIN 12–24 HOURS FROM CAMPUS

Examples of typical longer trips include mountain biking in Moab, Utah; touring Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park; or a canoe expedition in Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

Become a trip leader

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If you have a passion for outdoor adventure and a desire to lead, consider becoming an IU Outdoor Adventures trip leader. IUOA’s team of approximately 75 student and staff trip leaders is responsible for leading more than 40 IUOA trips and workshops each year.

Becoming an IUOA trip leader is a two-step process.

Step 1: Enroll in SPH-W305

For most students, the first step in becoming a trip leader is to enroll in SPH-W 305, Introduction to Wilderness Leadership. This eight-week course, which is offered twice during the fall semester and twice during the spring semester, follows the Wilderness Education Association curriculum. Students learn the principles and practices of planning, implementing, leading, supervising, and evaluating outdoor trips and programs and then apply that knowledge by planning and participating in a weekend-long backcountry trip.

Students who have extensive outdoor leadership experience may be exempt from enrolling in SPH-W 305.

Step 2: Submit an application

To apply to become a trip leader, complete the trip leader application form. You can request a copy of the form by emailing Brian Croft at bjcroft@indiana.edu.