Activities & Workshops

People interested in participating must register for all programs in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office. Payment is required to hold your slot in a program. Full refunds will be issued for any cancelled programs.

A printable schedule will be available soon.  Schedule is subject to change.

Activity Date & Time
 
Sign-up Deadline
Greek Peak Tabling Jan 29
noon - 5 pm
N/A
Snowshoe Night Hike Jan 31
6 - 8:30 pm
Jan 30
Tubing & Toboggans Feb 1
noon - 4 pm
Jan 30
Intro to Kayak Feb 1
7 - 9 pm
Jan 31
Intro to XC Skiing Feb 7
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Feb 6
Finger Lakes Trail Snowshoe Hike Feb 8
10 am - 5 pm
Feb 6
Hunter Mountain Snowshoe Hike Feb 9
8 am - 7 pm
Feb 6
Banff Mountain Film Festival Feb 14
5 - 11 pm
Feb 10
Snowshoe & S'Mores Hike Feb 16
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Feb 13
Intro to XC Skiing Feb 21
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Feb 20
Cross-Country Skiing Day Trip Feb 23
9 am - 5 pm
Feb 20
Wilderness First Aid Certification Mar 1 - 2
9 am - 5 pm
Feb 18
Slide Mountain Snowshoe Trip Mar 2
8 am - 7 pm
Feb 28
Fly Tying Workshop

Mar 9 Mar 29
1 - 4:30 pm

Mar 5 Mar 27
Moonlight Hike Mar 14
6 - 8:30 pm
Mar 12
Canoe Wars I Mar 15
7 - 9 pm
Mar 13
Fly Tying Workshop Mar 16 Apr 5
1 - 4:30 pm
Mar 12 Apr 3
Muddy Boots Hike Mar 23
11:30 a.m. - 4:30 pm
Mar 20
Alternative Spring Break - Trail Work in the Blue Ridge Mountains Apr 12 Mar 14
Fly Casting Workshop Apr 12
9 am - noon
Apr 18
Sunset Hike Apr 24
6 - 8:30 pm
Apr 22
Your Bicycle 101 Apr 25
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Apr 23
Canoe Wars II Apr 26
7 - 9 pm
Apr 24
Tree Climbing Apr 27
11 am - 4:30 pm
Apr 24
Bike Repair 2.0 Apr 28
6 - 8 pm
Apr 25
River Trails & Ice Cream Bike Ride May 2
2 - 6 pm
Apr 30
Wildflower & Spring Plants Hike May 4
9 am - 4 pm
May 1



Greek Peak Tabling

Wednesday, January 29, noon - 5 p.m., Rec Center - Lobby

Greek Peak staff will be available to answer your questions. Registration is open for the skiing and snowboarding credit courses (CEO 122). Take advantage of this time to learn more about our local ski resort and a class that will count toward your gen. ed. See you on the slopes!


Snowshoe Night Hike

Friday, January 31, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Binghamton Nature Preserve

Don't miss the opportunity to experience the winter forest with an invigorating evening hike. Dress in warm layers. Wear a hat, mittens and warm socks. Winter boots can be provided. Meet at the Outdoor Pursuits office.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Thursday, January 30.

FREE


Tubing & Toboggans

Saturday, February 1, noon - 4 p.m., Local Park

CALABUNGA! We're heading out for some tubing and toboggan riding on the awesome hills near campus. Snow pants and snow boots make your afternoon that much more comfortable. Pack lunch, water bottle and snacks. BOP will bring the sleds and hot chocolate!

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Thursday, January 30.

$5


Intro to Kayak

Saturday, February 1, 7 - 9 p.m., Rec Center - Pool

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 waters of the East Gym pool. This is a great way to try it out and see if our courses are for you! For those with a more experience, come out and play or practice.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Friday, January 31.

Free


Intro to XC Skiing

Friday, February 7, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., East Gym Fields

Think snow! Try on a pair of cross-country skis and see if this is a winter activity for you. We'll help you with the basics of the kick and glide on gentle terrain of the East Gym fields. Why not? Dress in non-cotton layers and socks. Bring mittens and a hat.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Thursday, February 6.

$5


Finer Lakes Trail Snowshoe Hike

Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Danby, NY

Give snowshoeing a try on the Finger Lakes Trail this weekend. There are plenty of options for us to enjoy the day, but weather and trail conditions will dictate how far we go. Pack lunch, plenty of water and snacks. Dress in non-cotton layers. Wear synthetic socks, jacket, hat, mittens and bring a day pack. Wear sturdy winter boots or sign out a pair with BOP. Bring a friend for this moderately challenging hike.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Thursday, February 6.

$10


Hunter Mountain Snowshoe Hike

Sunday, February 9, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Hunter Mountain

Was adventure and challenge one of your New Years resolutions?! Put it on the list. Join us for a moderately strenuous hike to the summit of Hunter Mountain (elev. 4040') in the northeast Catskills. Your hard climb will be rewarded with spectacular views. More incredible vistas await those who venture up the renovated fire tower. Bring along a small pack with lunch, snacks, and plenty of water for the day. Sturdy winter boots are highly recommended. Essential clothing for the weather is a must (non-cotton long underwear, socks, hat, mittens and synthetic jacket). Bring extra money for a food stop. Outdoor Pursuits can provide winter boots.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Thursday, February 6.

$15


Banff Mountain Film Festival

Friday, February 14, 5 - 11 p.m., Cornell University

Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel! The Banff Mountain Film Festival will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen adventures. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.
For a preview of the films check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCzgqIm_Ofg
Van transportation provided. Meet in front of the East Gym. Eat dinner or pack it!

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Monday, February 10.

$18


Snowshoe & S'Mores Hike

Sunday, February 16, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Marathon, NY

The warmth and crackle of a small fire allows us a winter treat of toasted marshmallows and s'mores along the Finger Lakes Trail. We will snowshoe to a lean-to shelter for our fire and lunch break. Pack a lunch and a water bottle. Dress in non-cotton layers. Wear synthetic socks, jacket, hat, mittens and bring a day pack. Wear sturdy winter boots or sign out a pair with BOP. This will be an easy social hike.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Thursday, February 13.

$5

 

Intro to XC Skiing

Friday, February 21, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., East Gym fields

If you missed it the first time, here is another chance. Try on the Outdoor Pursuits cross-country skis and see if this is a winter activity for you. We will help you with the basics of the kick and glide on gentle terrain of the East Gym fields. Dress in non-cotton layers and warm socks. Bring mittens and a hat.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Thursday, February 20.

$5


Cross-Country Ski Day Trip

Sunday, February 23, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Highland Forest

Give cross-country skiing a try! This is an enjoyable way to spend a day in the forest in addition to being a great work-out. This is a trip for beginners as well as intermediate skiers. The friendly Outdoor Pursuits staff is there to assist with learning or help you find a trail that is just right for you! Equipment, transportation and trail fee included, just bring a lunch, water and snacks. Dress in non-cotton layers. Wear synthetic socks, jacket, hat, mittens and bring a day pack.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Thursday, February 20.

$15 with BOP skis; $5 with your own equipment


Wilderness First Aid Certification

Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Rec Center - Room 18

What are you gonna do when you can't call 911? That cell phone doesn't work out here. Valid for two years, this 16-hour certification is offered for those successfully completing this hands-on clinic. Stonehearth Opening Learning Opportunities (SOLO) instructors are wilderness EMTs with various backgrounds in adventure education, but with significant time on emergency rescue and medical teams in the White Mountains. They will use experiential scenarios to teach comprehensive patient evaluation and care, evacuation techniques and improvisation with common outdoor equipment. Now the standard in care for outdoor educators and field instructors who find themselves more than an hour from definitive medical care, this certification is designed for the backcountry traveler, outdoor group leader or camp counselor.

Students: Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Tuesday, February 18.

Non-Students: Please print, complete and mail back the following forms

  • Acknowledgement of Risk (pdf)
  • Medical History Form (pdf)
  • WFA Gear List (pdf)
  • General Information (pdf)
  • Registration Form (pdf)

$125 students; $150 non-students


Slide Mountain Snowshoe Trip

Sunday, March 2, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Slide Mountain

Climb the tallest peak in the Catskills and experience the awe that inspired writer-naturalist John Burroughs! This is a trip for the never-ever adventurer as well as the seasoned hiker. As we ascend higher and higher, impressive views will encourage us to continue on. If you are up to the challenge, be prepared for a steady incline and a long downhill on the return of course. Bring along a small pack with lunch, snacks, and plenty of water for the day. Essential clothing for the weather is a must (non-cotton long underwear, socks, hat, mittens and synthetic jacket). Bring extra money for a food stop. Outdoor Pursuits can provide winter boots.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Friday, February 28.

$15


Fly Tying Workshop

Saturday, March 29, 1 - 4:30 p.m., Rec Center - Room 14

This workshop is a fun and easy introduction to the art of fly tying. Instruction will cover fly proportions, tying techniques and the essential whip finish. Participants will leave having tied a wolly bugger, San Juan worm or basic nymph. The gratification is beyond compare when catching a fish on something you have created. All supplies and materials are provided. Space is limited.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Thursday, March 27.
Community members must register in-person or by phone at (607) 777-6414.

$25 students; $35 non-students

 


Moonlight Hike

Friday, March 14, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Local Trails

Never hiked under the light of the moon? Guaranteed to be more than just a walk in the dark! Dress in warm layers. Wear a hat and warm socks. Meet in front of the East Gym at 5:45 p.m.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Wednesday, March 12.

$5

 

Canoes Wars I

Saturday, March 15, 7 - 9 p.m., Rec Center - Pool

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. (Individual participants are welcomed! We will partner you up with other "Free Agents" to make a team).

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Thursday, March 13.

$12 per team

 


Fly Tying Workshop

Sunday, April 5, 1 - 4:30 p.m., Rec Center - Room 14

This workshop is a fun and easy introduction to the art of fly tying. Instruction will cover fly proportions, tying techniques and the essential whip finish. Participants will leave having tied a wolly bugger, San Juan worm or basic nymph. The gratification is beyond compare when catching a fish on something you have created. All supplies and materials are provided. Space is limited.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Thursday, April 3.
Community members must register in-person or by phone at (607) 777-6414.

$25 students; $35 non-students

 

Muddy Boots Hike

Sunday, March 23, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Local Trails

Shake off that cooped-up feeling with an afternoon hike at local park trails. This is a great excuse to get outside, stretch your legs and meet new people. Hot cider and cookies wait for us at the end of the trail!

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Thursday, March 20.

$5


Alternative Spring Break - Trail Work in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Pre-Trip Meetings: Friday, March 21, 4-6 p.m. & Sat., April 5, 1-4:30 p.m. Rec Center - Room 10

Spring Break: Saturday, April 12-Saturday, April 19

Stewardship of our public lands, a spirit of camaraderie, visiting new places, adventure and hard work – that's what this spring break trip promises for those looking to give back to our nations trails. We will be hosted by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation at Sky Meadow State Park in the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We travel and work as a trail crew of 10-14 people. 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 3 miles to and from our work site and participate in all aspects of widening an existing trail and installing signage. There will be opportunities to explore and visit nearby destinations: the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Center, Shenandoah National Park, the Appalachian Trail, Skyline Caverns and Harper's Ferry National Historic Park among other choices. We will share in cooking meals and living together dormitory style in a cozy lodge. Two mandatory group meetings precede our departure, one of which will be a day of team building.
For more details stop by the Outdoor Pursuits office or email: birdie@binghamton.edu

Trip cost includes transportation, equipment, lodging and entrance fees, most meals and specialized instruction.

Must register in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Friday, March 14.

$375 – VA


Fly Casting Workshop

Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m. - noon, Rec Center - Room 10

Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate angler looking to hone your technique, this workshop is designed to assist you with the finer points of fly rod casting. Skills to be covered include the mechanics of line shooting, mending, presentation and retrieving. Rods and reels may be borrowed from the Outdoor Pursuits program with prior notice. Come prepared with foot wear to be outside on wet grass as well as a sweater, rain jacket, cap or hat. Polarized sunglasses are optional. In the event of inclement weather, we will be in the main gymnasium and sneakers will be required.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Tuesday, April 8.
Community members must register in-person or by phone at (607) 777-6414.

$35 students; $45 non-students


Sunset Hike

Thursday, April 24, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Binghamton University Nature Preserve

Hike a nearby hilltop with time to catch your breath, relax and see the sun go down. Clear your head and enjoy an early Spring night with us.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Tuesday, April 22.

$FREE


Your Bicycle 101

Friday, April 25, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., Rec Center - Room 10

We'll give you the basics of overall troubleshooting and take you through a pre-ride inspection. Bring your questions! If weather permits, a fun bicycle rodeo will take place in the East Gym tennis court parking lot E-1.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Wednesday, April 23.

$18 includes an emergency tool kit; FREE w/out the kit


Canoes Wars II - Canceled

Saturday, April 26, 7 - 9 p.m., Rec Center - Pool

If you missed the first round, have no fear – canoe battleship is back for a second night! 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! Arrrh-arrh. (Individual participants are welcomed! We will partner you up with other "Free Agents" to make a team).

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Thursday, April 24.

$12 per team


Tree Climbing

Sunday, April 27, (Rain Date, Sunday, May 4), Binghamton University Trees
Group 1: 11 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Group 2: 1:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Ascend 50 feet above ground and into the canopy of an oak tree! We'll introduce you to the use of ropes and harnesses as you "climb" a tree. Space is limited. Sign up early. Bring snacks or lunch, camera and a water bottle. Spectators are welcome. Meet at the BOP office.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center Room 10, by Thursday, April 24

$15


Bike Repair 2.0

Monday, April 28, 6 - 8 p.m., Rec Center - Room 10

Learn to adjust those squeaky brakes, change a tire, or deal with a derailleur. We'll give you the basics of overall troubleshooting and take you through a pre-ride inspection in addition to helping you with the more complicated issues. Bring your replacement parts along for installation assistance if you would like.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center - Room 10, by Friday, April 25

$18 includes an emergency tool kit; FREE w/out the kit.


River Trails & Ice Cream Bike Ride

Friday, May 2, 2 - 6 p.m., Binghamton

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 $$ for a frozen yogurt stop on the way back. If you need a bike, BOP bikes can be assigned for the ride. Local maps will be available. Meet outside the Outdoor Pursuits office, side door of the East Gym with your bike.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center - Room 10, by Wednesday, April 30

$5 w/ BOP bike, FREE w/ your bike.


Wild Flower and Spring Plant Hike

Sunday, May 4, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Local Trails

Discover what is emerging in our forests on this leisurely hike along the Cayuga trail. We'll take our time looking for and identifying both wild flowers and common woodland plants. Dress for the weather, pack a lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Bring any field guides or binoculars you might have.

Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, Rec Center - Room 10, by Thursday, May 1

$5

Last Updated: 4/23/14