Activities & Workshops

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

Spring 2015 adventure activities calendar
Activity Date/time Location/cost Sign-up deadline

JANUARY

     
Greek Peak tabling noon - 5 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 28
 Tillman lobby  
Skiing and snowboarding class GIM (OUT 122) 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 28
UU-209   
Moonlight hike 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 30
Nature Preserve/FREE  Thurs., Jan. 29 

FEBRUARY

     
Intro to cross-country skiing 1 - 1:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 1
 Rec Center EG fields; $5 ski rental, FREE with your own skis Thurs., Jan. 29 
Tubing and tobaggans 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 7
 Local park/$5 Thurs., Feb. 5 
Hawkins Pond snowshoe hike 11 a.m. - 2:30 p .m.
Sun. Feb. 8
 Windsor, NY/$5 Fri., Feb. 6 
Night hike in the Nature Preserve CANCELLED due to cold weather 6 - 8 p.m. 
Fri., Feb. 20
 Nature Preserve/FREE Thurs., Feb. 19
Snowshoe and s'mores hike 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 22 
Finger Lakes Trail/$5 Fri., Feb. 20
Cross-country ski day trip 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 28 
 Highland Forest/$20 with ski rental, $10 with your own skis  Thurs., Feb. 26

MARCH

     
Catskill Mountain snowshoe trip 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sun., March 1 
 Westkill Mountain/$15  Fri., Feb. 27
Outdoor Pursuits trail crew GIM 5 - 6 p.m.
Sun., March 1 
 Rec Center, EG-14 Fri., Feb. 27 
Full Moon Hike

5:30 - 8 p.m.           Thurs., March 5 Nature Preserve/ FREE Tues., March 3
Fire tower snowshoe hike  8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 21
Hunter Mountain/$15 Thurs., March 19
Wilderness first aid certification  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat. and Sun., March 14-15 
 Rece Center, EG-18/$125 students, $150 non-students Fri., Feb. 27 
Canoe Wars   7 - 9 p.m.
Sat., March 21
 Rec Center, EG pool/$12 per team of 4 Thurs., March 19 
Trail crew Finger Lakes Trail Hike 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat., March 28 
 Finger Lakes Trail/FREE Thurs., March 26 

APRIL

     
Fly casting workshop 9 a.m. - noon
Sat., April 11 
 Rec Center, EG-107/$35 students, $45 non-students Thurs., April 2 
Fly tying workshop 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Sat., April 11
 Rec Center, EG-14, $25 students, $45 non-students Thurs., April 2 
River trails and ice cream bike ride 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Fri., April 24 
 Binghamton/$5 bike rental, FREE with your own bike Thurs., April 23 
Bike repair 2.0  6 - 8 p.m.
Wed., April 29
 Rec Center, EG/$22 tool kit rental, FREE with own tool kit Mon., April 27 

 

Greek Peak Skiing/Snowboarding Table

Greek Peak staff will be available to answer your questions. Registration is open for OUT 122, the skiing and snowboarding credit courses. See you on the slopes!

Skiing & Snowboarding class GIM

All are welcome to this meeting to learn more about the OUT 122 skiing & snowboarding class. You do not need to be enrolled to attend. We will review the course syllabus, expectations, check-in procedures and how you should be prepared for skiing/snowboarding. Learn a new sport or hone your skills while earning one-credit toward the general education requirement (OUT 122).

Moonlight Hike

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. We might even have the chance to wear snowshoes!

Intro to Cross-Country Skiing

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.

Hawkins Pond Snowshoe Hike (no snow, we still go!)

Secluded and picturesque, Hawkins Pond offers a great opportunity to get out for a short snowshoe hike, enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature and get back in time for the big game! This is an easy social hike. Bring a friend. Pack a snack and a water bottle.

Tubing & Toboggans

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!

Valentine's Day S'Mores and Snowshoes Hike (no snow, we still go!)

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.

Full Moon Hike

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 5:15 p.m. We might even need snowshoes!

Fire Tower Snowshoe Hike

Was adventure and challenge one of your New Year's 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.

Cross-Country Ski Day Trip

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.

Catskill Mountain Snowshoe Trip

This is a trip for the never-ever adventurer as well as the seasoned hiker. As we ascend higher and higher, some of the most impressive views in the Catskills will encourage us to continue on. Bonus: a frozen waterfall along the way! 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.

Join the Outdoor Pursuits Trail Crew GIM

This is a brand new group! 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.

Wilderness First Aid Certification

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.

Canoe Wars

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).

Trail Crew - Finger Lakes Trail Hike

Join Outdoor Pursuits for a hike along an especially scenic portion of the Finger Lakes trail. This will be a gentle, flat and invigorating 6-mile hike on a section of the trail maintained by Outdoor Pursuits on the western edge of the Catskills. We will remove any fallen limbs from heavy winter snows and check that the trail still has its proper markings. Notes will be made for future projects.

Fly Casting Workshop

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.

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.

Bicycle Repair 2.0

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.

Last Updated: 2/28/15