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Outdoor Trips Blog


What's on Deck for 2013-14?

by Rachel Fristedt
Director of Outdoor Education

The Outdoor Education program invites you to go on a trip this year.  We are offering a variety of day and multi-day trips over weekends throughout the school year.  There are many benefits to joining in on a trip; make new friends, try something new, earn gym credit, and de-stress away from your computers and homework. 

How do you sign up? As we near the date of each trip, Rachel Fristedt will send an email to all students with the trip information and the paperwork to complete. Urban does charge a trip fee to participate and financial aid is offered to help with the fee. We don’t want the trip fee to discourage participation. Urban provides all the group gear and lends out personal gear for students to borrow (sleeping bags, packs, headlamps, warm clothing, etc).

Here are the trips being offered for the remainder of 2013-14:

Climbing Trip: October 25-27
Friday (3pm)-Sunday (6pm)
Location: Pinnacles National Monument (backup location: Castle Rock State Park)  
Pinnacles National Park offers great year round outdoor climbing.  It is home to many California Condors that nest throughout the scenic rock formations. We will spend the weekend climbing outside on top rope.  This is a great chance to see how well our gym skills translate to real rock.  If you have never climbed before then this is your opportunity to try it out.  No experience necessary.

Survival Skills: November 9
Saturday (9am-3pm)
Spend the day learning outdoor skills that will prepare you to survive in any setting.  We will start off the morning learning how to fly fish at the casting pools in Golden Gate National Park.  In the afternoon we will cover topics such as tying knots and how to read a map and use a compass.

Pie Ranch Trip: January 18-19
Saturday (9am)-Sunday (5pm)
This is a really FUN trip!  We will spend the day at the Pie Ranch farm learning how to care for the various crops that are growing this time of year.  At the end of the day we will celebrate our day on the farm with a barn dance. On Sunday we will hopefully see some elephant seals across the road at Año Nuevo state park before we return to Urban. No experience necessary.

Cross Country Ski Trip: January 31- February 2
Friday (8am)-Sunday (6pm)
An Urban tradition, this involves skiing into a cabin, making a fire to stay warm, playing games and watching sunsets across a frozen lake. We will ski tour during the day, and stay in the cabin at night and cook lots of yummy food. No experience necessary. 

Day Trip: March 11
Tuesday (9am-4pm)
Location TBD.  Don’t have anything to do over Interterm vacation? Join us on a day trip to somewhere beautiful!  More information will be provided as we get closer to the date.

Sea Kayaking Trip: March 21-23
Friday (3pm)-Sunday (6pm)
This is an introductory sea kayaking trip to Angel Island.  We will spend two days on the water gaining important skills and touring around to see local flora and fauna.  In the evenings we’ll hang out around the campfire making s’mores and telling stories.

Rafting Trip: June 18-21
Wednesday (12pm)-Saturday (2pm)
Celebrate the end of the school year with a rafting trip on the American river.  There will be an exciting mix of rapids and calmer areas to see wildlife and relax in the sun.  We’ll stay at the Environmental Traveling Companions river campsite and sleep out under the stars and cook in an amazing outdoor kitchen.

Posted by Kristen Bailey on Thursday October, 10, 2013 at 04:30PM


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