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Explore the great outdoors

A program designed with you in mind, Outdoor Pursuits is determined to give you the chance to experience the outdoors and learn the skills you need to enjoy being outside. Stop by the Outdoor Center, located in the Student Recreation Center, to learn more.

Explore our list of trips and clinics, and you're sure to find the perfect fit!

Fall 2021

Unless otherwise specified, the registration deadline is 6 p.m. and must be done in the Outdoor Center.

Day at the Lake

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28
Free to participate
Register by Friday, Aug. 27
Join us at Lake Nacogdoches' Westside Park and spend some time paddling among the tree snags. Meet us out at the lake, and we will provide you with all of the gear you need to canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Lunch is included with your registration. All participants must arrange their own transportation.

Lumberjack Open Climb

4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2
Free to participate
This event is the perfect chance to try out some of the features our high elements Challenge Course, including the zipline! Meet us at the ropes course, located directly across University Drive from the commuter parking lot. We'll provide the gear you need! Closed-toe shoes are required.

Access to the Challenge Course:
Driving? Park in the commuter parking lot. Crossing University Drive: Cross safely at the intersection of East College Street and University Drive. Walk north on the grass along University Drive, and you will see Outdoor Pursuit staff in the open field of the Challenge Course.

Lake Naconiche: Day Trip

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11
Cost: $5 without transportation, $10 with transportation
Register by Friday, Sept. 3
Spend time paddling among the tree snags of this nearby beautiful East Texas lake. Lunch is included with your registration, and we will provide you with all the gear you need to canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard.

Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area: Overnight Adventure

Friday, Sept. 24, and Saturday, Sept. 25
Cost: $50
Register by Friday, Sept. 17
Outdoor Pursuits trip leaders invite you to join as they camp overnight at the Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area and spend Saturday paddling and hiking before returning to Nacogdoches. Transportation, food and gear are included.

Lake Nacogdoches: Day Trip

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9
Cost: $5 without transportation, $10 with transportation
Register by Friday, Oct. 1
Join us at Lake Nacogdoches' Westside Park and spend some time paddling among the tree snags. Lunch is included with your registration. Just meet us out at the lake and we will provide you with all of the gear you need to canoe, kayak, or stand up paddleboard.

Weekend Adventure to Tyler State Park

Friday, Oct. 22, and Saturday, Oct. 23
Cost: $50
Register by Friday, Oct. 15
Camping, mountain biking and hiking — the perfect combination for adventure at Tyler State Park! Bring your own bike or use one of ours at no additional cost — just ask us to include one with your registration. Transportation, food and camping gear are included.

Spooky Paddling on Lake Nacogdoches

8 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31
Cost: $15
Register by Friday, Oct. 29
Paddling a canoe on the open water late at night — what could be more spooky? We'll provide gear, headlamps, glow sticks and, of course, snacks. Dress in your favorite costume, and enjoy some thrills!
Don't forget to register before the deadline and then join us at Lake Nacogdoches' Westside Park... if you dare.
All participants must arrange their own transportation.

Jacks on Belay climbing competition

Saturday, Nov. 13
Cost: $25 early online registration (ends Friday, Nov. 5)
$30 on-site registration
Join Outdoor Pursuits for our annual rock climbing competition. Attended by college students across the state, this a great opportunity to test your skills against fellow climbers! Visit the Jacks on Belay webpage for event details.

Spring 2022

Unless otherwise specified, the registration deadline is 6 p.m. and must be done in the Outdoor Center.

Wilderness First Responder Course and Certification

Wednesday, Jan. 5, through Sunday, Jan. 9
Cost: $799
Register online by Sunday, Dec. 5
Be prepared for your next adventure by becoming a certified Wilderness First Responder. This five-day, blended-learning course combines classroom lessons with backcountry experience and skills. You'll learn how to diagnose and treat many ailments in the wilderness. Sleeping accommodations and Wi-Fi will be offered. Individuals who don't complete the pre-course work won't be permitted to participate in the course and earn certification.

Lumberjack Open Climb

4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22
Free to participate
This event is the perfect chance to try out some of the features our high elements Challenge Course, including the zipline! Meet us at the ropes course, located directly across University Drive from the commuter parking lot. We'll provide the gear you need! Closed-toe shoes are required.

Access to the Challenge Course:
Driving? Park in the commuter parking lot. Crossing University Drive: Cross safely at the intersection of East College Street and University Drive. Walk north on the grass along University Drive, and you will see Outdoor Pursuit staff in the open field of the Challenge Course.

Day Trip to Mission Tejas State Park

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29
Cost: $35
Register by Friday, Jan. 21
Mission Tejas is the closest state park from SFA's campus. We will spend the day hiking the interpretive trails throughout the park, enjoying its natural beauty and learning about East Texas plants and wildlife. Transportation, food, gear and guides are included.

Valentines' Sweetheart Paddle

6:30 to 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14
Cost per couple: $20 without transportation, $30 with transportation
Register by Friday, Feb. 11
This Valentine's Day, enjoy a twilight canoeing with a friend or your partner and relax along the lakeside. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Catch a ride with us, or join us at Lake Nacogdoches' Westside Park

Spring Break at Big Bend National Park

Saturday, March 5, through Saturday, March 12
Cost: $530 ($480 when you register and begin a payment plan before Dec. 1)
Register by Friday, Feb. 25
We're heading down to Big Bend National Park for a hiking and canoeing trip that you will never forget. Spend a few days on the Rio Grande, paddling through the Boquillas Canyon and enjoying the starry nights. This trip offers the perfect getaway for an adventurous spring break.

Lake Nacogdoches: Day Trip

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26
Cost: $5 without transportation, $10 with transportation
Register by Friday, March 18
Join us at Lake Nacogdoches' Westside Park and spend some time paddling among the tree snags. Lunch is included with your registration. Just meet us out at the lake and we will provide you with all of the gear you need to canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

Lake Nacogdoches: Day Trip

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9
Cost: $5 without transportation, $10 with transportation
Register by Friday, April 1
Join us at Lake Nacogdoches' Westside Park and spend some time paddling among the tree snags. Lunch is included with your registration. Just meet us out at the lake and we will provide you with all of the gear you need to canoe, kayak, or stand up paddleboard.

Easter Backpacking Trip to Eagle Rock Loop

Thursday, April 14, through Sunday, April 17
Cost: $150
Register by Friday, April 8
Head out to Arkansas for a four-day backpacking trip along the Eagle Rock Loop trail. We will follow the Little Missouri River in the Ouachita National Forest. This a great trip to practice your skills if you are planning to join us in May as we backpack through the Grand Canyon. Transportation, food, gear and guides are included.

Grand Canyon Adventure Backpacking Trip

Monday, May 9, through Wednesday, May 18
Cost: $530 ($480 when you register and begin a payment plan before Dec. 1)
Register by Friday, April 8
Sleep in one of the seven natural wonders of the world!
Join us on an adventure out west to the Grand Canyon National Park for a three-day backpacking trip into the canyon. We also will visit Palo Duro Canyon, Copper Breaks State Park and Santa Rosa State Park. Transportation, food, gear and guides are included.

Outdoor skills series

Clinic Watch Now
Backcountry MSR Stove Use and Repair Watch Recording
Front Country Campsite Setup Watch Recording
Backcountry Cooking Watch Recording
Backcountry First Aid Watch Recording
Campfire Creation & Safety Watch Recording
Land Navigation: Through the Wilderness Watch Recording
Knot Tying Watch Recording
Combo clinic:
Intro to Hiking and Backpacking
How to Plan a Multiday Trip
Watch Recording

Frequently Asked Questions

Trips and Clinics

Can a beginner participate on the trips?

By all means, yes! We love to introduce people to a new activity that may become their next favorite hobby.

Can I bring a non-member guest on the trip?

Yes. Non-member guests are allowed to participate. One Campus Recreation member may invite one guest per trip. The cost of the guest will be 15% above the member price.

How can I pay for trips?

We accept cash, checks, credit cards and debit cards.

What do I bring on an Outdoor Pursuits trip?

You will need to bring your clothes and personal items. Other than that, all group gear, such as tents, sleeping bags, stoves, etc., are provided. We also cover all transportation costs during the trip, all entrance and activity fees, and food.

Are refunds issued?

A full refund (minus a $10 administrative fee) will be given if you cancel prior to the trip registration deadline. If you do not cancel before this, no refund is available unless another participant signs up for the trip in your place. You are then issued a refund minus the administrative fee. Be advised that refunds may take up to 15 business days to process.

For more information about the Outdoor Pursuits program, call 936.468.6055, or email outdoorpursuits@sfasu.edu.

The Campus Recreation Department strictly enforces a set of policies, regardless of facility space, program area or event.

 

Contact

Campus Recreation Department
936.468.3507
campusrec@sfasu.edu
Staff directory

Physical Address:
Student Recreation Center
1817 Wilson Drive

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13016, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962