Stephen F. Austin State University

Clinics & Trips

Outdoor Pursuits Trips

Outdoor Pursuits is determined to give students the chance to experience the outdoors and learn the skills they need to enjoy being outside. The OP Trip program has been designed with you, the student, in mind. Transportation, equipment and meals are included in the trip cost. Please stop by the Outdoor Center to sign up and learn more.

Fall 2015 Trips & Clinics

Day at the Lake
Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27, 2015

Come out and enjoy a free day of hanging out at the lake. Paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and food will be yours to enjoy as you relax and get an exclusive opportunity to learn some outdoor skills and meet new people. Free spots for transportation are limited so come in and sign up today!
Price: Free Price includes: Lunch and usage of all boats.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 9, 2015



Intro to Camping at Tyler State Park
Saturday, September 12, 2015

Tyler State Park is one of East Texas's great places to spend a relaxing weekend. Never been camping before? No Problem! This trip is just what you need to gain some introductory skills and have the opportunity to learn what camping is all about.
Price: $50 Price includes: Transportation, equipment rentals, trip leaders, and food for the trip.
Registration Deadline: Friday, September 18, 2015



Backpacking 101
Saturday, October 3, 2015

With over 90 National and State Parks, and nine National and State Forests, Texas offers plenty to do in the outdoors including Backpacking and Hiking. Join us for a Saturday of outdoor skill development as we learn about backpacking as part of your backcountry experience. We will cover backcountry basics, food planning and preparation, trip and gear planning. After lunch we will take a hike down the Lanana Creek Trail.
Price: $10 Price includes: Clinic materials, equipment, instructors, and lunch.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2015



Intermediate Climbing Techniques
Friday, October 9, 2015

Already know the basics to climbing? Looking for some personal skills development? This clinic will teach some of the specific techniques related to bouldering and top roping that will allow you to practice and develop your climbing skills and take you to that next level. Along with practice, this course will help you to master the crux on that route you have been trying to complete.
Price: Free
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 9, 2015



Intro to Backpacking: Trail Between the Lakes
Friday, October 16 - Sunday, October 18, 2015

Love the outdoors but need more exposure to begin enjoying adventure trips on your own? The Sabine National Forest is one of East Texas's most scenic forests offering a new view around every turn. As part of our mission in outdoor education and recreation at SFA, students will have an opportunity to learn how to plan and execute a backpacking trip safely and comfortably while enjoying a variety of aesthetic and educational experiences through pines, bottomland hardwoods, boggy sloughs, and upland forests. Get out and stretch your legs with us for the weekend!
Price: $85 Price includes: Transportation, equipment rentals, trip leaders, and food for the trip.
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 9, 2015



Dutch Oven Cookout
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ever had real cobbler made outdoors? Come out behind the Outdoor Center in the yard and learn how to make cobbler in a Dutch oven and then enjoy the wonderfulness of one of the best desserts on the planet. Did I mention we will also be showing a movie on a large outdoor screen? Yeah you heard me! An outdoor movie and cobbler, this evening just couldn't get any better!
Price: $10 Price includes: Cobbler, movie snacks, drinks and instruction from OP staff.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 21, 2015



Lumberjack Open Climb
Thursday, October 29, 2015

This is the event you have been waiting for! It is your chance to come out to our awesome challenge course and put your skills to the test and enjoy a challenge. Up in the air on our elements or zooming down the zip line, all you need to do is wear closed toed shoes and bring your student I.D. This free event is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy a little personal challenge. Show up at the challenge course with your student I.D. We are located on University Drive across from the commuter parking lot.
Price: Free
Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 29, 2015



Jacks on Belay
Saturday, November 7, 2015

More information coming soon! Price: $25-$30 Early registration price $25 until October 31, 2015
Registration Deadline: Saturday, November 7, 2015



Thanksgiving Austin Rock Climb-A-Thon
Friday, November 27 - Sunday, November 29, 2015

Stuck in town for Thanksgiving Break? Join our experienced climbing staff and enjoy some of the premier climbing destinations in the Hill Country. Whether you are a beginner or feel like a pro, all levels are encouraged to join! Camp out with other outdoor enthusiasts at night, climb the limestone cliffs each day. We will visit Reimer's Ranch located just outside awesome Austin. Ever want to learn how to climb outside? Here's your chance!
Price: $135 Price includes: Transportation, equipment rentals, trip leaders, and food for the trip.
Registration Deadline: Friday, November 20, 2015



SFA Mountain Biking 101
Saturday, February 6, 2016

SFA boasts some of the best mountain biking trails in the region. Join us for a Saturday of outdoor adventure as our experienced staff introduce general bike use, maintenance and care and then develop your skills on the 3 levels of challenging trails right here on campus.
Price: $10 Price includes: Rental of program safety gear, lunch and trip guides.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 3, 2016



4th Annual Moonlight Sweetheart Paddle
Saturday, February 14, 2016

Enjoy a romantic evening paddle and some tasty treats with your sweetheart this Valentine's Day! Let Outdoor Pursuits take care of all the details; you just get up the nerve to ask…
Price: $30/couple Price includes: Transportation, equipment rentals, trip leaders, and Valentine's Day treats.
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2016



Backpacking the Big Thicket
Friday, February 26 - Sunday, February 28, 2016

Looking for a weekend to get away from town and immerse yourself in nature? Come backpacking with Outdoor Pursuits as we explore the extensive swamps and forests of Big Thicket National Preserve. Located just south of Nacogdoches, Big Thicket is in an area where the Pineywoods converges with the swamps of the coast, forming a very unique region of rich biodiversity. In the backcountry of Big Thicket we will walk among the towering cypress trees and pitcher plants.
Price: $70 Price includes: Transportation, equipment rentals, trip leaders, and food for the trip.
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2016



Climbing Techniques
Friday, March 4, 2016

Already know the basics to climbing? Looking for some personal skills development? This clinic will teach some of the specific techniques related to bouldering and top roping that will allow you to practice and develop your climbing skills and take you to that next level. Along with practice, this course will help you to master the crux on that route you have been trying to complete.
Price: Free
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2016



Spring Break at Big Bend National Park
Saturday, March 12 - Saturday, March 19, 2016

What are you doing this Spring Break? How about the adventure of a lifetime! This is a week-long excursion to one of the most extraordinary parks in Texas: Big Bend National Park. We'll hike up Emory Peak and eat lunch above the clouds, then canoe our way through Boquillas Canyon all while admiring the beautiful backdrop of the American Southwest.
Price: $515 Price includes: Transportation, equipment rentals, trip leaders, and food for the trip.
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2016



Easter Break: Climbing the Wichita Mountains
Thursday, March 24 - Monday, March 28, 2016

Part of the National Wildlife Refuge System through the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wichita Mountains offer some of the highest opportunities with good quality granite, multi-pitch routes, wilderness setting, and fine weather, making the refuge a popular climbing destination. This area brings outdoor climbing to a new level where wildlife and recreation have the biggest experience opportunities for you to enjoy as you get out and rock climb Oklahoma.
Price: $225 Price includes: Transportation, equipment rentals, trip leaders, and food for the trip.
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 11, 2016



Lumberjack Open Climb
Thursday, March 31, 2016

This is the event you have been waiting for! It is your chance to come out to our awesome challenge course and put your skills to the test and enjoy a challenge. Up in the air on our elements or zooming down the zip line, all you need to do is wear closed toed shoes and bring your student I.D. This free event is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy a little personal challenge. Show up at the challenge course with your student I.D. We are located on University Drive across from the commuter parking lot.
Price: Free
Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2016



Outdoor Movie Night
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Come out and enjoy a relaxing evening with a cool movie, friends, and oh yeah some good snacks too! Yeah you heard me! An outdoor movie and snackage, this evening just couldn't get any better! Bring out your blankets and camp chair or borrow our Crazy Creek Camp Chairs to sit back and enjoy some flicks!
Price: $10 Price includes: Movie snacks and drinks.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 6, 2016



Angelina River Adventure
Friday, April 15 - Sunday, April 17, 2016

A beginner's river adventure! As part of our mission in outdoor education and recreation at SFA, you and a small group of other adventurers will spend the weekend learning basic river canoeing and backcountry camping skills while exploring one of the great treasures that our region has to offer.
Price: $60 Price includes: Transportation, equipment rentals, trip leaders, and food for the trip.
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 8, 2016



Day at the Lake
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Come out and enjoy a free day of hanging out at the lake. Paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and food will be yours to enjoy as you relax and get an exclusive opportunity to learn some outdoor skills and meet new people. Free spots for transportation are limited so come in and sign up today!
Price: Free Price includes: Lunch and usage of all boats.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 27, 2016



Past Trip Pictures

Neches River Adventure Facebook Pictures (Fall 2013)

Austin Rock Climb-A-Thon Facebook Pictures (Fall 2013)

Mountain Biking at Tyler State Park Facebook Pictures (Fall 2013)

Outdoor Pursuits: Fall/Spring Hours of Operation



OutdoorPursuits@sfasu.edu • Phone: 936.468.6055

Proud Member of the following Affiliations:



1817 Wilson Drive • Nacogdoches, Texas 75962
CampusREC@sfasu.edu • Phone: 936.468.3507 • Fax: 936.468.7052