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From weekend biking, caving or climbing trips, to skiing down the beautiful slopes of Colorado, Outdoor Recreation offers a variety of exciting opportunities to experience the great outdoors. Our primary goal is to provide opportunities for individuals to gain a greater appreciation, awareness, and understanding of our natural environment. Participants visit some of the most beautiful places in the United States, learn more about themselves and others, and make lasting friendships.

You can register for an Outdoor Recreation trip by completing the General Trip Application or by visiting the Student Fitness Center reception desk.

Kayaks are now available to rent from the Student Fitness Center to help you explore all the great streams, rivers, and lakes in our area! Stop by Equipment Issue to make your reservation and be sure to fill out a release of liability waiver. Please keep in mind that no watercraft is permitted for use anywhere on the SIUE campus, except during special events.

Notice: Our week-long trips have a mandatory planning meeting that lasts approximately 1.5 - 2 hours. All participants are required to attend meetings in their entirety. The meeting time and date for each trip is noted on the trip registration form. Please make note of the meeting schedule upon registering for trips. In addition, all trip participants are required to have health insurance.

Trips

February:

  • Wolf Sanctuary - Eureka, MO

    Saturday, February 20th 1:15 pm - 6:15 pm
    • SIUE Students -$12
    • SFC Members - $15
    • Community Members - $20
    • Transportation provided

    We will drive to the Wolf Sanctuary and will begin our experience with a 30 minute educational video and informational class.  We will then go on a guided 1.5 hour private tour to view and learn more about the wolves at the sanctuary.  You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to learn about and see live wolves!   Dress warmly, wear comfortable walking shoes, and come ready to learn about these exciting and beautiful animals.

  • Rope skills/Belay course

    Friday, February 26th, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    • Free for SIUE Students

    Learn all the basics of climbing! Receive more focused one-on-one instruction from our experienced climbing gym staff! You can learn how to belay, better climbing techniques, and some of the lingo climbers use!
    Sign up online at our Campus Recreation Climbing Gym website so we know you’re coming!.

March:

  • Spring Break Trip - Northwest Arkansas

    Saturday - Thursday, March 5th - 10th 
    • More details to come
    • Space is limited

    Join us on a trip to Northwest Arkansas! Hiking, camping, cave exploring, and canoe floating down the Buffalo River! Prices and other details to come soon. Space is very limited, so sign up soon!

  • Camping 101 - Cougar Lake Pavilion

    Thursday, March 17th, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    • Free for SIUE Students

    Learn the basics of camping! What you need to pack, what to leave behind, and where to get it all! We’ll be meeting at the SFC front desk, then will walk over to the beautiful Cougar Lake to learn all of the tidbits about basic camping! Register online! It’s quick and easy and it will let us know how many people will be joining us for this informative event!

  • Themed Music Climb Night - SIUE Rock Climbing Gym

    Thursday, March 31th, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    • Free for SIUE Students and SFC members
    • $7 for Guests and Community Members

    Be sure to cast your vote to help use decide what genre to play for our themed music night! What will it be??? COUNTRY, RAP/HIP-HOP,ROCK, DANCE/EDM, OR POP??
    The results will be tallied by March 28, so vote today on the SIUE climbing gym website! http://www.siue.edu/crec/climbing/index.shtml
    Dressing according to the music genre is encouraged!

April:

  • Bike Clinic with The Cyclery - Outside Evergreen Hall

    Tuesday, April 6th, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    • Free for all SIUE Students

    Learn how to fix a flat from the knowledgeable staff of the Cyclery and tips on where to bike in the surrounding areas! Bringing your own bike is encouraged, but not necessary. Register online! It’s easy and quick and it will let us know how many people will be joining us for this informative event!

  • Johnson Shut-Ins Camp and Hike - Johnson Shut-Ins State Park, Lesterville, MO

    Saturday - Sunday, April 16th - 17th
    • SIUE Students -$25
    • SFC Members - $30
    • Community Members - $35

    Explore the beautiful Johnson Shut-Ins state park through hiking and camping! The beautiful Black River weaves through the park and provides scenic and refreshing scenery as well. Transportation, dinner Saturday night, and breakfast Sunday morning will be provided.

  • Cougar Lake Campout - Cougar Lake

    Friday - Saturday, April 29th - 30th
    • SIUE Students - $7
    • SFC Members - $10
    • Community Members - $15

    Enjoy a relaxing night sleeping outside while never leaving SIUE’s campus! The beautiful, serene, Cougar Lake will be the setting for the relaxing get away just in time to prep for the last weeks of the spring semester! Hot dogs and s’mores will be provided and will be cooked around the fire! Tents, sleeping bags, and other necessary camping equipment can be checked out at Equipment Issue in the SFC. Register and pay at the SFC front desk.

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More details to come for all events and trips, please call or email Outdoor Recreation Graduate Assistant, Dominique Begnaud (dbegnau@siue.edu or 618-650-3235)
For more information, please call or email Natalie Hawkins(nrosale@siue.edu or 618-650-3242)

Learn all the basics of climbing! Receive more focused one-on-one instruction from our experienced climbing gym staff!  You can learn how to belay, better climbing techniques, and some of the lingo climbers use!

Sign up online at our Campus Recreation Climbing Gym website so we know you’re coming!

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