University Recreation's Govs Outdoors trips/outings are cooperative adventures aimed to empower and connect people through unique and exciting experiences. These experiences are meant to provide participants space to grow and develop skills while having fun in the great outdoors! Each person will be an equal member of the group on these trips, regardless of skill level. Therefore, it is important that each participant accurately and honestly assesses his or her own skill level before taking part in trips that are perhaps beyond his or her abilities. That being said, we offer trips for every level of experience so that all students have the opportunity to take part. University Recreation wants all people to expand their skillset and improve self-reliance to communicate and work as a group while enjoying the outdoor world.
All trips have a minimum and maximum participant requirement.
A pre-trip meeting will be held at 5 pm the Wednesday before each trip at the Govs Outdoors Center located in the front of the Foy. Attendance is required.
All prices are per person and include transportation for APSU affiliated participants, in-camp food, group equipment, camping sites, and other miscellaneous fees.
For students that may have trouble covering some or all of the costs for trips, the Adult Non-traditional and Transfer Student (ANTS) Center is now offering scholarships. To apply for the scholarship, click here!
For more information on the ANTS Center, click here!
All group equipment and most trip-specific personal gear is included in trip pricing.
University Recreation reserves the right to cancel a program due to inclement weather, lack of participation, natural disasters, or extenuating circumstances. In the event Govs Outdoors must cancel a program, a full trip refund will be provided. Should a participant choose to cancel before the trip registration deadline, a full refund will be awarded. Should a participant choose to cancel after the deadline, no refund will be awarded.
Trips are given a rating of Easy, Moderate, or Hard based on the level of physical fitness/skill the Govs Outdoors staff believes the trip will require. This is an estimation only, but should be considered before signing up for a trip.
Join us on a journey through the longest known cave system in the world! Mammoth Cave National Park is located in central Kentucky. Participants will enjoy the amazing walking tour through the vast chambers and labyrinths. This place is certainly one of a kind and filled with history!
Registration Closes: February 5, 2019 at 11:59PM
Join us for a fun ski and snowboard weekend at the beautiful Paoli Peaks! This ski resort is located in the heart of southern Indiana, so it is an easy drive. Plus, it offers 15 trails with terrain for both beginners and experienced ski/snowboarders! Paoli Peaks also offers lighted night skiing until 1 AM to extend the amount of time spent on the slopes.
Registration Closes: February 19, 2019 at 11:59PM
$100 + $30 Rentals
Start your spring break right by joining us on a trip to Congaree National Park in North Carolina, hiking amongst the old-growth hardwood forest and paddling through some of the most remote sections of the park! After we finish the paddle, we will drive to Asheville to explore the city for two days.
Registration Closes: February 26, 2019 at 11:59PM
For this trip we will head out west to the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Coconino Forest, and Canyon de Chelly National Monument on our 8 day road trip!
Registration Closes: February 26, 2019 at 11:59PM
What better way to spend your weekend than hiking, camping, and picnicking around beautiful falls? With breathtaking views, crisp clean air, and great company, this will be an AWESOME and relaxing trip!
Registration Closes: March 19, 2019 at 11:59PM
Registration Closes: March 26, 2019 at 11:59PM
Sample some activities the Govs Outdoors Center has to offer as we partner with the African American Cultural Center and the Adult Non-Traditional Student Center to provide a full day of fun! Choose from a variety of activities including staff led hiking, biking, canoeing, a photography workshop and even an outdoor painting class! All gear and supplies will be provided and transportation is included in the trip cost.
Registration Closes: April 2, 2019 at 11:59PM
Our group will pick a section of the 210 miles of the Cumberland Trail that are open for hikers, and what a perfect way to relax before the end of the semester stress hits.
Registration Closes: April 9, 2019 at 11:59PM
Earth Day is April 22, but that doesn't mean we can't help keep this Earth an awesome and sustainable place 2 days early! This year's theme is "Protecting Our Species" and what better way to protect the critters around us than cleaning up their environment? Join us for this FREE event!
Registration Closes: April 16, 2019 at 11:59PM
The Foy Fitness and Recreation Center features a 26-foot wall with 8 top rope anchors and 2 auto-belays. At any given time there are 14-20 routes geared toward the first time climber or the seasoned veteran. We also have a 12-foot free-standing boulder to give that extra challenge without roping up.
No experience, no problem. Our staff is available during open hours to assist those new to climbing. New climbers are briefed on rules, safety measures, and equipment during an orientation from one of our well-trained staff. All participants must complete the required forms at the Climbing Wall desk.
Instructional Opportunities: Once you've developed a love for climbing and want to take your knowledge to the next level, our climbing instructors offer top rope belay trainings as requested and lead climbing clinics on a regular basis. You can even take an academic class to get a solid foundation in climbing knowledge.
If you already know how to belay using the PBUS (Pull, Brake, Under, Slide) technique, you can get belay trained by testing out with one of our Climbing Wall Staff during open climbing hours. Walk-ins are welcome, however, Climbing Wall staff may need to schedule trainings in advance.
March 23, 2019
- Registration begins at 9 am
- Competition: 10am - 1pm
Climbers get 2 attempts, plus one extra to use on a climb of their choice. Only other participants are allowed to give beta; spectators, volunteers and staff are not allowed to give info.
The top three participants in each category will receive prizes. All participants are entered to win door prizes as well.back to top