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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to be a member?
No, Outdoor Programs is not a club and all trips and courses are open to current students, faculty, staff and their immediate families.

How do I enroll in an Outdoor Programs (OP) Course?
Check out our trip offerings and register online.

I don't have much experience. Will I be able to participate in an Outdoor Programs course?
Many of Outdoor Program's courses are designed for beginners. We will provide you with all of the technical gear, food, and most importantly, guidance for everything you need to know! The Outing Center Staff can answer many of your questions regarding the various courses and help you to find the most appropriate course.

How much will an Outdoor Programs course cost?
Almost all of our courses are subsidized by a portion of the tuition and fees you pay each year. For this reason, we are able to offer our courses at very affordable rates.

What does my enrollment fee cover?
The course fee includes the use of all technical equipment related to the activity, food, transportation, lodging, instruction and campground and permit fees.

Will I get a refund if I can't go on the trip or don't show up on the day the trip leaves?
No, our policy is to give refunds only if we cancel the trip. A lot of planning and preparation goes into getting a trip out the door, and we've planned for your participation. If we (OP) cancel a trip, you will receive a full refund.

What kind of equipment will I need and what can Outdoor Programs provide for me?
OP will provide all of the technical equipment required for your course. You will receive a participant letter that outlines what you will need to bring to your course. Typically, participants are responsible for showing up with the appropriate clothing.

How do I prepare for an Outdoor Programs trip?
Being prepared for an OP course always begins with having the right attitude. Those who come to OP with an open mind, a desire to seek challenge, and a willingness to be part of a team are those who get the most from an OP course. Our extended and international courses do not require that you are an elite athlete; however, you should be in good cardiovascular shape. In most cases, you have time to improve your cardiovascular condition prior to the start of your course. Get out three or four times a week and be active; take walks, go on a bike ride, play basketball, or visit the gym. By becoming active before your course begins, you will be better prepared to achieve your goals.

I am interested in one of the extended or international programs. Where can I get more information?
Feel free to stop by or call the Outing Center regarding the extended and international courses. These trips often require a non-refundable deposit and include pre-trip orientation meetings. Our extended and international courses are very popular and fill very quickly. Don't wait to get your name on the list!

I am a part of a group that wants to do something together. Can I arrange a trip or challenge course through Outdoor Programs?
We are happy to work with groups to help meet their needs. Call or stop by the Outing Center for more information.

I have my own trip planned, but I need some gear to supplement my own. Does OP rent equipment?
You bet! We have a variety of equipment for camping and backpacking. We also rent canoes. Stop by the Outing Center to rent gear today!