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Upcoming Adventure Trips for Spring 2023

View Upcoming Adventure Trips Below!

Trip Date(s) Trip Name Price Registration Link
Jan 14 - 16, 2023 Everglades Variety Adventure $175 Link
Jan 19, 2023 Nature RX – Mindfulness Walk $0 Link
Jan 21 - 22, 2023 St. Augustine and Blue Springs $125 Link
Jan 21, 2023 Mountain Biking at Alafia $50 Link
Feb 9, 2023 Nature RX – Mindfulness Walk $0 Link
Feb 10 - 12, 2023 Backpacking in North Carolina $175 Link
Feb 11 - 12, 2023 Camping 101 $75 Link
Feb 18 - 19, 2023 Beach Camping on Shell Key $75 Link
Feb 18, 2023 Ybor Historic Tour & Sunset Paddle $50 Link
Feb 19, 2023 Biking Through Myakka River State Park $50 Link
Feb 21, 2023 Sunset Paddle $15 Link
Feb 24 - 26, 2023 Snorkeling and Camping at Blowing Rocks Preserve $150 Link
Feb 25, 2023 Hiking and Caving in Withlacoochee State Forest $35 Link
Feb 26, 2023 Snorkeling at Devil’s Den & Rainbow Springs $75 Link
Mar 4, 2023 Manatee Adventure at Three Sister Springs $75 Link
Mar 5, 2023 Women’s Hiking for International Women’s Day $15 Link
Mar 11 – 14, 2023 South Florida Bucket List Adventure $400 Link
Mar 12 - 18, 2023 Great Smoky Mountain Hiking Adventure $500 Link
Mar 12-18, 2023 Great Smoky Mountain Backpacking Adventure $450 Link
Mar 12 - 18, 2023 Skiing Trip $700 Link
Mar 21, 2023 Sunset Paddle $15 Link
Mar 25 - 26, 2023 Beach Camping on Anclote Key $75 Link
Mar 26, 2023 Learn to Surf $75 Link
Mar 31 – Apr 2, 2023 Backpacking through Providence Canyon $150 Link
Apr 1 – 2, 2023 Service Adventure Overnight $75 Link
Apr 2, 2023 Shark Tooth Hunting $45 Link
Apr 7 - 9, 2023 Waterfall Hiking in North Carolina $200 Link
Apr 8, 2023 Snorkeling at Alexander Springs $60 Link
Apr 9, 2023 Bike to the Beach at Honeymoon Island $45 Link
Apr 13, 2023 Nature RX – Mindfulness Walk $0 Link
Apr 14 - 16, 2023 Whitewater Rafting Adventure $300 Link
Apr 16, 2023 Beach Day on Caladesi Island $50 Link
Apr 16, 2023 Plant Identification Hike $30 Link
Apr 18, 2023 Sunset Paddle $15 Link
Apr 22 - 23, 2023 Road Trip to Savannah, Georgia $150 Link
Apr 22, 2023 Service Adventure at Hillsborough River State Park $15 Link
Apr 23, 2023 Ichetuknee Springs Tubing & Snorkeling $75 Link
Apr 23, 2023 Blueberry Picking $35 Link
Apr 30, 2023 Mindfulness Hiking at Robinson Preserve $35 Link
May 7 - 13, 2023 Puerto Rico Service Adventure $800 Link
May 7 - 13, 2023 Wild Hawaii $750 Link
Jun 4 - 10, 2023 Pacific North West Variety Adventure $700 Link
Jul 26 - Aug 6, 2023 Adventure Abroad: Iceland Adventure Trek $1,800 Link

USF RecWell’s Adventure Trip Program eliminates barriers for you to get outdoors and connect with the natural world on various adventures.

Do you want to try something new, meet new people, or see fascinating things in nature? How about all three! Most of our trips are beginner friendly, additionally transportation, gear, food, and trip leaders are provided.

So whether you want to explore Florida more through our Passport to Florida programs, travel throughout the United States on trips experience nature through activities like hiking, caving, whitewater rafting, and backpacking, or you want to take a journey outside the US on one of our Adventure Abroad trips, we have an adventure for everyone!

In addition to pre-planned experiences, we offer custom trips for student organizations, friend groups, or University departments!

How To Register

How To Register: Online in our Campus Rec Shop   Click the Trip name above to go directly to that trip’s page, then sign in with you USF NetID.   Not a USF Student? Simply create an account with your personal email address, rather than entering a NetID   In Person: Visit the Outdoor Resource Center (https://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/campus-rec/outdoor-recreation/outdoor-resource-center.aspx) in REC013 during operating hours   Most trips have 10 or fewer spots and registration fills on a first-come, first-served basis   Email us (adventure@usf.edu) with registrations questions and waitlist requests

Don't see a trip that piques your interest? Not a problem! Reach out to adventure@usf.edu to get more info about setting up your very own Custom Adventure Trip

What's Included

Transportation from USF Tampa campus   All trips meet in parking lot 6 on campus (hyperlink: https://usf.box.com/s/ihep0sen48x794xjhvh0cmtcrma29t3q) , behind the Campus Recreation Center    If flights are required for a trip, those will not be included in the trip price, participants will need to purchase their own flights. Please wait for specific instructions about travel logistics from the Trip Leaders before buying flights.   All equipment and gear for outdoor activity   Could include bike, helmet, tent, sleeping bag, backpack, trekking poles    Food    We plan trip menus according to your dietary restrictions/preferences and allergies   Occasionally, groups will eat at restaurants while traveling. These meals are not included in the trip cost. Your trip leaders will inform you of any meals not included in the trip price.   Trip Leaders   Recreation & Wellness staff who have been trained to help you get outdoors! All staff are certified in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and most are certified in NOLS Wilderness First Aid or as NOLS Wilderness First Responders

What to expect

  • On most trips, you don’t need any experience. Really! If a trip requires experience, we’ll indicate what experience you should have on the Registration page.
  • After signing up for a trip, within 1-2 weeks before the trip your Trip Leader will reach out with all of the information you will need, including meet up location, what you need to pack, and any other specifics for your trip.
  • Overnight trips will include a pre-trip meeting. This meeting is mandatory for trip participants. It will include valuable information, such as appropriate clothing, necessary gear, what food to bring, the trip plan, and any necessary paperwork.
    • Once you sign up staff will be in contact about 2-3 weeks before the trip to schedule this meeting.

Adventure Trip Categories

Not sure what kind of adventure you’re seeking? Maybe these categories will help you narrow down what you’re looking for! 

Adventure Trip Categories

Local Adventure – Explore Tampa Bay and it’s natural setting whether it is on the bike on Downtown’s Riverwalk, kayaking through Weedon Island, or walking through Ybor City. 

Urban Exploration - Adventure is everywhere, we will experience some of the great outdoors around some of our favorite urban areas.  

Passport to Florida - See the real Florida at some of America’s best State Parks and natural beauties all across the state including springs, beaches, and forests. 

Classic - Hiking, trekking, biking, paddling, and camping adventures, made for beginners and outdoor types. 

Appalachian Adventure – Come with us on a trip to the mountains. We will explore one of the oldest mountain ranges on the Earth; hiking, camping, and backpacking through its rolling peaks and cascading waterfalls. 

Adventure With Confidence - Come out and learn a new skill or improve your current skills. These trips are meant to provide a hands-on experience for anyone wanting to try new ways to get outside! 

Adventure Abroad - Want to travel the world, off the beaten path? Take trips around the world, exploring some of nature’s most specular places and immersing ourselves in the local culture. Getting to spend time outdoors in remote landscapes, as well as explore the local culture in cities and towns along the way. 

Nature Rx – Reconnect with the natural world and yourself. Discover awe-inspiring destinations combined with rejuvenating activities like mindfulness walks, plant identification, yoga and meditation to recharge the body and nourish the mind. 

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Adventure Trip Policies

View Our Trip Policies Here!

  • We want our trips to be safe, fun, and memorable.
  • Due to weather and other safety concerns, trip itineraries are subject to change.
    • Trip Leaders will communicate any changes in a timely manner.
  • Outdoor Recreation practices strong Leave No Trace ethics. (LNT.org) Pack it in, pack it out!
  • All students participating in Recreation & Wellness Programs are expected to follow the University of South Florida Student Code of Conduct.
    • Should violations of said Code occur, participants risk expulsion from the trip and barring from participation in future programs.
  • Outdoor Recreation does not condone hate speech, bullying, emotional or physical abuse, or racism on any of our trips. Use of such language or actions could result in expulsion from the program.  We pride ourselves in a creating an inclusive community space where meaningful dialogues and personal growth can take place.
  • Adventure Trips are Alcohol Alternative Programs, therefore no alcohol is allowed to be consumed during the trip. Any underage consumption could result in University judicial consequences.
  • No illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia are allowed on trips in any fashion.  Breach of this rule will result in an immediate expulsion from the trip and could result in University judicial consequences.
  • We reserve the right to cancel a program due to inclement weather, natural disasters, or extenuating circumstances.
    • In the event we must cancel a program, a full trip refund will be provided.
    • You can find the full refund policy on the Trip Registration page. 

Contact us

Email: adventure@usf.edu
: USF Recreation & Wellness, Room REC013
Phone: 813-974-6381