Activities & Workshops

Those interested in participating must register in person at the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10. Payment is required to hold your slot in a program. Full refunds will be issued for any canceled programs.


Beginning Wed., Sept. 16 the Outdoor Pursuits office and Rental Center will be open 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Fall 2015 adventure activities calendar

Activity Date/time Location/cost Sign-up deadline




Sea kayak day trip

9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 19
 Lake Ontario/$50 Thurs., Sept. 17
Catskill mountain hike 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 19
Slide Mountain/$15 Thurs., Sept. 17
Stand-up paddleboarding 12:30 - 4 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 20
Rain date: Sun., Sept. 27
Dorchester Park, Whitney Point, NY/$35 Thurs., Sept. 17
Stand-up paddleboarding 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 27
Dorchester Park, Whitney Point, NY/$35 Thurs., Sept. 24
River trails and ice cream bike ride   1 - 5 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 26
Binghamton/FREE with your own bike or $5 bike rental  Thurs., Sept. 24 
Almost a full moon hike  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26 
Nature Preserve/FREE Thurs., Sept. 24
Trail Crew GIM 4 - 5 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 25
Recreation Center, EG-14 Just show up!
 Finger Lakes Trail hike  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 27
Finger Lakes trail, Walton, NY/FREE  Fri., Sept. 25 


High Ropes Challenge and Zipline 1 - 5 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 3
Challenge Ropes Course
Thurs., Oct. 1
Hike for the Ta-Tas
Breast Cancer fundraiser
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 4 
Local trails/$20 donation  Thurs., Oct. 1
L.L. Bean Bootmobile 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 5 
On the spine   C'mon by!
Foliage and firetower hike 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 11
Balsam Lake Mountain/$15  Fri., Oct. 9 
Cider and donuts hike 1 - 5 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 17 
Greenwood Park/$5  Thurs., Oct. 15 
Canoe wars 7 - 9 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 17 
Rec Center, East Gym pool/$12 a boat Thurs., Oct. 15
Three gorges hike 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 24 
Ithaca, NY/$10  Thurs., Oct. 22 


Pool kayaking 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 7
Rec Center, East Gym pool/FREE Fri., Nov. 6


Catskill Mountain Hike

Climb the tallest peak in the Catskills and experience the awe that inspired
writer-naturalist John Burroughs! Impressive views encourage you as the climb
gets higher. Be prepared for rocky inclines and the long downhill return to the
van. Bring along a small pack or book bag with lunch, snacks, and plenty of
water for the day (2 liters). Sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended.
Essential clothing for the weather is a must (rain coat and synthetic clothing for
warmth). Bring extra money for a food stop on the return to Binghamton. This is
a challenging hike. Meet the BOP van in front of the East Gym at 7:50 a.m.

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) has its origins in Hawaiian culture. Standing on
the deck of surf boards and using a long outrigger paddle, it is a great way to
explore bodies of water. We will head to the lake at Dorchester Park for a half
day introduction with Southern Tier SUP. Swimming ability is a must. Pack a
water bottle, lunch, snacks, towel and dry clothes for our return to campus.
Wear a bathing suit, sun screen and water shoes. Sign up early as space is

River Trails and Ice Cream Bike Ride

Pedal the historic Binghamton River Trail along the Chenango River. We'll show you bicycle routes that will help you commute between downtown and campus without hitting the Parkway. Bring money for a frozen yogurt stop on the way back. If you need a bike, Outdoor Pursuits bikes can be assigned for the ride. Helmets are required! Local maps will be available. Meet outside the Outdoor Pursuits office, side door of the East Gym with your bike.

Almost a Full Moon Social Hike

Meet other outdoorsy-types and enjoy an evening hike. After s'mores and a
campfire at the Lot M fire ring, we will take our time climbing the Oak Trail to the
meadow overlooking campus. Hiking boots or sturdy shoes are still necessary.
Meet in front of Mohawk at 5:20 p.m.

Outdoor Pursuits Trail Crew GIM

This is a new group that began in the spring! Stewardship of our natural places, a spirit of camaraderie, meeting new people and satisfying hard work – that is our promise for those looking to give back to our regional trails. Outdoor Pursuits has adopted a 5.6 mile section of the Finger Lakes Trail in the nearby western Catskills. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to do your fair share, take pride in your work and be part of a team effort.
Expect to do manual physical labor, hike up to 4 miles to and from a work site and participate in all aspects of maintaining an existing trail and installing signage. Come learn more about us, our goals and project(s) and give us your ideas too. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

High Ropes Challenge and Zipline

Climb the cargo net, traverse the high ropes course and then zipline down. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to have fun and experience what our on-campus challenge program can offer you, your office, your classes, colleagues, or work groups. You can sign up as an individual or with others. Grab a friend or a project group and register today. Space is limited. Learn more about the Challenge Program and ropes course on our website . There you will find program descriptions and prices, participant numbers, age and weigh restrictions, and much more.

Hike for the Ta-Ta's

Join Outdoor Pursuits for this fund raising effort along our scenic local off-campus trails . Two worthy endeavors at one time! Accompanied by the autumn colors, this will be a gentle and flat 3-mile hike. We are partnering with the Campus Rec Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team who will be walking in Binghamton while we are hiking on trails. Your $20 donation guarantees your spot in the hiking group and a t-shirt. Bring additional money because we still stop for cider, donuts and goodies after our hike.

LL Bean Bootmobile

Outdoor Pursuits will host the LL Bean Bootmobile on it's Wintervention cross-
country college tour again this year. This larger than life iconic boot will park
between the UU and Engineering Building bringing gear, games, and giveaways
to the walkway we call the Spine. Come get inspired to get outdoors and get
some of the best selfies of the season.

Fall Foliage & Fire Tower Hike

Balsam Lake Mountain at 3723 feet stands taller than anything as far as the eye
can see. The fragrance of balsam fir trees on this summit only serve to add to
this high mountain experience. The brilliant autumn colors make for incredible
photos from the fire tower on the summit. Bring along a small pack with lunch,
snacks, and plenty of water for the day. Sturdy hiking boots are highly
recommended. Essential clothing for the weather is a must (rain wear and
synthetic jacket). Meet the BOP van in front of the East Gym at 7:50 a.m.

Cider & Doughnuts Hike

Get out and enjoy the change of the season. This will be an easy hike around a
quiet lake and along the rolling trails of this beautiful county park. Look forward
to the canopy of the autumn trees in the late afternoon sun. We will stop at the
Cider Mill on the way to the park. Bring $$ for fresh pressed cider, homemade
doughnuts, a caramel apple, pie and other goodies! This is a social hike. Meet
the BOP van in front of the East Gym at 12:50 p.m.

Canoe Wars I

Battleship comes to life! From the board game to the pool, be ready to claim
your territory. Team up with three of your closest mates to form an alliance
against all of the other battleships and claim victory! You will have 3 buckets and
1 paddle to sink all enemy canoes in the Rec Center pool. Last canoe still floating
is the champion! May the odds be ever in your favor.

3 Gorges Waterfalls Hike

Lace up your hiking boots for a grand slam of three of our Finger Lakes gorges!
First up is Taughannock Falls gorge where you will stand in the mist of the
second highest falls in NYS, then Buttermilk Falls with an awesome gorge full of
natural curiosities, and finally Robert H. Treman State Park featuring 115 foot
Lucifer Falls.  Maybe bring $$ for a food stop in Ithaca after the hike.

Pool Kayaking

For the never ever been kayaking kayaker! Take the plunge and learn the wet
exit, basic strokes and maybe even try an Eskimo roll in the warm waters of the
East Gym pool. This is a great way to try it out and see if our classes and
activities are for you. For those with a more experience or past participation,
come out and play or practice!

Last Updated: 9/29/15