Outdoor Trips

BikePacking Trip to Harrington Beach!


SPRING BREAK: Florida Adventure -- Canoeing and Snorkeling

Florida Adventure: Canoe the Suwannee River & Swim with the Manatees

Friday, March 17 to Sunday, March 26
Students leave after classes on Friday. Arrive back Sunday evening.

$525 Before and on February 28th.
$575 After February 28th.
$150 Deposit secures your spot on this trip! (Remaining amount due the week of departure)

REGISTER at UWM Outdoor Pursuits located in Room 131A of the Klotsche Center!
Outdoor Pursuits Hours: 10AM – 6PM (Monday thru Friday)

Highlights: Price includes transportation, food, lodging, equipment, instruction, and much more!


Join us for the adventure of a lifetime! For spring break, we head south to Florida to explore wild lands by canoeing and camping along the banks of the Suwannee River. After five days in the backcountry, we embark to Crystal River to spend a day snorkeling with harbored manatees at Three Sisters Spring – The only place in Florida that you can swim with manatees. You won’t want to miss spending this day with Gator-Wrestling Glenn and our Eco Guide, Shelly, as we dive in with some of the friendliest and most playful creatures known to mankind.

Climb with a Pro: Clinic at Turner's Climbing Gym

What is the event?
Turners Climbing Gym Open House
Pro Climber Presentation & Clinic

DATE: Saturday, February 25th (6PM-9PM)
6:00PM – Presentation by Chelsea Rude
6:30PM – Climbing Demonstration
7:00PM – Open Climb Begins
8:00PM – Gear Raffle
9:00PM – Open Climb Closes

FREE shuttle for UWM Students from Outdoor Pursuits!
$5 Cover charge at Turner’s (climbing gym is non-profit)
FREE equipment rental from Outdoor Pursuits (shoes, chalk, harness)
REGISTER at Outdoor Pursuits to secure your spot
SHUTTLE LEAVES at 5:30PM from Outdoor Pursuits  (131A Klotsche)

Claim Freedom: Adventure Film Showing & Gear Raffle

What is the event?

Claim Freedom: An Adventure Film Movie Premiere
“Adventure athletes have the opportunity to propose, plan, and execute their dream projects.”

What does it cost?

This event is FREE for UWM students!!! Spread the word.

Where and when will it be held?

UWM Outdoor Pursuits
131A Klotsche Center

Thursday, March 9th

Canoecopia (FREE SHUTTLE)

Canoecopia (FREE SHUTTLE)

UWM Outdoor Pursuits will be providing a free shuttle to Canoecopia, the world’s largest paddlesport event and expo hosted at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin.  Join us on Sunday, March 12, for this rare opportunity. We will pay for the vehicle, gas, and parking. All you pay for is your entry fee ($15) and food. The expo is packed with educational seminars, trip presentations, vendor exhibits, and great deals on almost every kind of outdoor equipment.

Check out more details at Canoecopia.com!

On Sunday, March 12, we will meet at Outdoor Pursuits at 8AM and return to campus around 6PM.

REGISTRATION: You need to sign up at Outdoor Pursuits to reserve your spot on this trip.

Where and when do you register?

UWM Outdoor Pursuits
Mon-Friday (10AM-6PM)
133A Klotsche Center


How do I register for a trip?

Stop by the OP office room 131-A on the first floor of the Klotsche Center. You’ll fill out a waiver and medical form. We will process your payment when you register. We take cash, check, Visa or MasterCard (Sorry, no Amex or Discover.) Our fall hours are Mon.-Thurs. 1-7 and Friday 9-4.

Who can go on OP trips? Can I bring my Aunt Mildred?!

At this time, only segregated-fee paying students enrolled in one or more UWM classes may participate in OP trips. If your aunt is a student here at UWM, we would love for her to join us on a trip!

I’ve never been climbing, hiking, paddling, camping! Can I participate? 

OP trips are awesome for beginners. We love finding that perfect level of challenge and support for folks who are new to the great outdoors. While many of our participants have some personal experience, we have plenty of first-timers too. The trip description will identify if prior experience is necessary.

What is included in my registration fee?

Unless otherwise specified…

  • Transportation
  • Instruction
  • Equipment
  • Park fees
  • Meals

OP will provide the individual and group gear needed for the discipline you’re participating in (i.e. paddling equipment, climbing gear, caving equipment). OP will also provide tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, a “camp kitchen” and a limited amount of clothing.

Will I have to pay to rent gear for my trip?

Nope! Anything that we offer to rent that you need for your trip will be checked out to you for free.

What do I need to pack?

For most trips you’ll need to bring:

  • Appropriate clothing (determined by type of trip but we almost never allow cotton clothing)
  • Appropriate footwear (over-the-ankle hiking boots are required for backpacking trips)
  • A sturdy school size backpack at least 18 liters
  • Toiletries
  • Medications
  • Sunglasses, cap, sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • (2) liter size water containers
  • Rain jacket and pants (limited quantities for check out)