Outdoor Trips

BikePacking Trip to Harrington Beach!


FREE Friday Bike Rides

Every Friday afternoon, we are offering free bike rides to UWM students from Outdoor Pursuits. This includes a free bike and helmet rental from our program. All guiding and instruction is included, and all we ask is that you register at Outdoor Pursuits ahead of time to guarantee your spot on the trip.  We have a ten person limit for each of these bike rides. You are encouraged to bring your own bicycle if you prefer to use your own equipment on the ride.

Further Details:

  • Explore Milwaukee and get some fun exercise
  • All rides are under 10 miles long
  • Rides will be at a relaxed pace
  • All skill levels are welcome to participate
  • Rides depart from Outdoor Pursuits at 131A Klotsche Center
  • Times listed are meeting times for each trip
  • Registration is free, and is open until the ride either departs or fills
  • To register, stop in to Outdoor Pursuits at your earliest convenience

Estabrook Park & Waterfall
Friday, March 31st @ 4PM

Visit this beautiful urban oasis on the scenic Milwaukee River. On this short ride, we’ll bike the Oak Leaf Trail north, then take some time to explore the park and walk by the river.

Bronze Fonz Statue 
Friday, April 7th @ 3PM

Get your picture with the statue of Henry Winkler “The Fonz” on the Milwaukee Riverwalk! We’ll do some street riding on Farwell to get there, then return on the secluded Oak Leaf Trail.

Kilbourn Park at Riverwest 
Friday, April 14th @ 4PM

The hill at Kilbourn Park provides a beautiful view of the East Side and Downtown Milwaukee. We’ll bike there on the East Side, take a short break, and then explore the Riverwest Neighborhood on the way back.

Milwaukee Art Museum
Friday, April 21st @ 3PM

We’ll bike along the lake on the Oak Leaf Trail to reach the iconic Milwaukee Art Museum. At the museum, we’ll have a short break in the Lobby, then return to UWM by the wooded section of the Oak Leaf Trail.

Mckinley Marina
Friday, April 28th @ 4PM

We’ll ride by the lakefront past Bradford Beach to reach the McKinley Marina. After taking a break and wandering on the breakwater path, we’ll return to UWM by the secluded Oak Leaf Trail.

Milwaukee Public Market
Friday, May 5th @ 3PM

Explore local cheeses, meats, candies, and more, at the Milwaukee Public Market! We’ll pass by several restaurants, cafes, and bars on Brady and Water street on the way there. After taking some time to wander around in the Milwaukee Public Market, we’ll have a relaxed ride back on the Oak Leaf Trail.

Lynden Sculpture Garden Tour

What: Lynden Sculpture Garden Tour
When: Saturday, April 8th (1PM-4PM)
 $15/person (covers transportation, entry fees, guiding)

Description: Did you know Milwaukee is home to a unique collection of more than 50 sculptures across a 40 acre park? This tour will be an opportunity for us to explore the Lynden Sculpture Garden for a few hours, taking in the many sites and sculptures around the lake and woodland the makes up this park.

Rock Climbing at Devil's Lake

What: Rock Climbing at Devil’s Lake
When: Sunday, April 9th (7AM-6PM)
 $35/person (covers transportation, entry fees, guiding, food, equipment, and more)

Description: This trip allows you to have a complete rock climbing experience! Whether or not you’ve climbed before, we have all of the resources that you will need to make this a fun and successful trip! We will leave in the morning and return prior to dinner. Breakfast and lunch are provided for this epic excursion! Come ready to engage and have fun on the rock.

Intro to Slacklining

What: Intro to Slacklining
When: Thursday, April 13th (3PM-5PM)
 FREE (event held on campus)

Description: Interested in learning how to slackline? Or want to meet people with a similar interest? Join us for FREE clinic and hang out session on campus! We will provide the instruction, equipment, and everything you need! Come in to register today in order to secure your spot in this activity!

Kayaking the Milwaukee River

What: Kayaking the Milwaukee River
When: Saturday, April 15th (8AM-5PM)
 $30/person (covers transportation, guiding, food, equipment, and more)

Description: Spring has sprung and so have we! Join us on our first kayaking trip of the season as we navigate a scenic stretch of the Milwaukee River.  We’ll be spending a full day paddling to traverse the river from Fredonia to Grafton. So come along and enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful Milwaukee River!

Intro to Backpacking

What: Intro to Backpacking
When: Saturday, April 22nd thru Sunday, April 23rd
 $65/person (covers transportation, guiding, food, equipment, camping, and more)

Description: Interested in backpacking but would like more experience? Join Outdoor Pursuits as we backpack the Ice Age Trail through Kettle Moraine State Forest. Enjoy a scenic trail in the heart of Wisconsin and learn basic backpacking skills! This is a two day trip with a plethora of opportunities for community and learning. Don’t hesitate on this one!

Intro to Slacklining

What: Intro to Slacklining
When: Thursday, April 27th (3PM-5PM)
 FREE (event held on campus)

Description: Interested in learning how to slackline? Or want to meet people with a similar interest? Join us for FREE clinic and hang out session on campus! We will provide the instruction, equipment, and everything you need! Come in to register today in order to secure your spot in this activity!

Devil's Lake Multisport Weekend

What: Devil’s Lake Multisport Weekend
When: Saturday, April 29th thru Sunday, April 30th
 $75/person (covers transportation, guiding, food, equipment, camping, and more)

Description: Looking for a weekend full of adventure and fun? Look no further. These two days will be packed with activities: stand up paddleboarding, hiking, camping, rock climbing, hammocking, slacklining, and more! We will be heading to Devil’s Lake for an entire weekend to enjoy all that the park has to offer!

Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding

What: Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding
When: Saturday, May 6th (9AM-Noon & 1PM-4PM)
 $25/person (covers transportation, guiding, equipment, and more)

Description: These clinics are three hours in duration and provide students with the opportunity to try stand up paddleboarding (SUP) with the guidance of skilled instructors on the water. We have one session starting at 9AM and another starting at 1PM. Just take your pick! This Saturday trip will take full advantage of the warm weather before we arrive into the summer months. Come ready to have tons of fun on the water!

Hiking Lapham Peak

What: Hiking Lapham Peak
When: Sunday, May 7th (10AM-4PM)
 $20/person (covers transportation, guiding, equipment, and more)

Description: Join us as we seek out stunning vistas of the Wisconsin landscape from one of the highest points in the region. This will be an easy hike that is friendly for all skill levels. Please register as soon as possible, as these spots are sure to go quickly! We will provide transportation, guiding, and lunch for everyone!


How do I register for a trip?

Stop by the Outdoor Pursuits office room 131-A on the first floor of the Klotsche Center. You’ll need to fill out a waiver and medical form at that time. We will process your payment when you register and are able to receive cash, check, Visa or MasterCard (Sorry, no Amex or Discover.) Our hours of operation are 10AM-6PM, Monday thru Friday.

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 Outdoor Pursuits 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? 

Outdoor Pursuits 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

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

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)