Student Life

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can go on trips?

OP trips are open to all students, faculty, staff and administration. We also welcome alumni, families and friends from off-campus for a slightly increased price if space allows. No prior experience is necessary, so if you want to try out a new, outdoor activity, reconnect with the wilderness or simply connect with a new group of fellow adventurers, OP trips are for you.

How do I join Outdoor Programs?

Outdoor Programs is not a club. Go on trips whenever you want. Look out for info tables in the Commons every Wednesday at Lunch, stop by the Outdoor Programs Rental Shop (Currier gym, across from the tennis courts) or submit your name to be put on the email list by contacting Andrew Hollis.

How do I join a trip?

Look out for information about outgoing trips. Between one and four trips are usually led every weekend and especially during short-term breaks like fall break or spring break. More detailed information is released with news of each trip such as trip fees and packing information. Sign up in the Outdoor Programs Rental Shop (Currier Gym, across from the tennis courts).

Why are trips so cheap?

Outdoor Programs works hard to provide adventurers with journeysnot costs. Trips are organized and budgeted to provide discounted financial expense to everyone involved.

What training do trip leaders have?

OP Trip Leaders come from all sorts of backgrounds and are passionate about many different outdoor pursuits. Most, if not all, trip leaders have a minimum of a Wilderness First Responder certification, have experience as guides and outdoor educators outside of the University of Redlands campus and attend regular Trip Leader Trainings and workshops. They are also some of the most fun people you’ll meet on campus!

How do I become a trip leader?

Most of our trips at Outdoor Programs are student planned and student led. If you have the desire to develop your leadership skills and in becoming a facilitator on some amazing outdoor adventures then you could be part of the OP Trip Leader team.

What steps should I be taking if I want to be a trip leader?

  • Come over to the OP and introduce yourself or talk to any Trip Leader
  • Come on as many trips as you can, ask questions and get involved
  • Attend an OP Meet and Greet after fall or spring break
  • Apply as a Trip Leader Apprentice nominee
  • Get Nominated to begin a semester-long Apprentice process
  • Get your WFR over Spring Break

Why should I be a trip leader?

  • Earn discounted rates on trips, courses and equipment
  • Plan trips where you want to go and do what you want to do and don’t pay
  • Get amazing summer or post-college jobs that allow you to travel and spend time outside
  • Meet amazing people and see amazing places
  • Be a part of a community of good outdoorsy folk on this campus
  • Attend leadership conferences
  • Be a part of a strong community of fabulous people that care about getting the most out of the Redlands experience
  • Attend clinics and workshops, which help solidify your own outdoor skills, knowledge, and character
  • The most experienced, exciting and involved leaders earn the privilege of leading incoming freshmen on First Year Journeys

What if I want to go on a trip with my on-campus club, organization, residence hall or team?

Simple! We offer affordable, fun and rewarding team building trip for clubs, organizations, athletic teams, residence halls and other groups through a new OP Outfitters. OP Outfitters can help you organize anything from fun activities on campus to overnight wilderness backpacking trips and more.

The University has a long tradition of encouraging and supporting study abroad.

More than 47 percent of Redlands undergraduates participate in study abroad programs.

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