Spring New Student Orientation at Bearpaw Reserve

This year, the University of Redlands is very pleased to kick off our new Spring Orientation schedule which includes sessions and an overnight at our one-of-a-kind forest cabin property just 15 minutes away from the Redlands campus. The two-story cabin is fully equipped with electricity and running-water with bathrooms and beds. Additionally, there are firepits and places to hammock or tent-camp outside.

The portion of orientation that will take place on this property will include sessions that are mandatory for all students, including:

  • Life In Transition Student Panel
  • Party Like A Bulldog
  • Foundations of Community

We also want to address the overwhelming feedback from previous transfer and spring students showing that a First Year Journey (FYJ) experience was missing from their integration into the University of Redlands community. First Year Journey is a program offered by Outdoor Programs that offers a week-long immersive traveling and community-building adventure through the outdoors. Until now, this was not available to transfer or spring students. As a pseudo-FYJ, we will also be offering community-building and other activities including:

  • Hiking
  • Yoga
  • Group games
  • And many other fun activities designed to help us get to know each other and start off the new year right!

All meals will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring all desired toiletries and a sleeping bag if they have it. To reserve a sleeping bag, share any dietary restrictions, or voice any questions/ concerns, please do so accordingly through registration forms and/or email the Student Success Team at Abigail_bohman@redlands.edu.

We are so excited to see you there!

Bearpaw Reserve

Located only 20 minutes away in the San Bernardino National Forest, Bearpaw Reserve offers unique opportunities for students to engage off campus. Bearpaw Reserve is 600 acres of steep, spectacular mountains, trails, and even a seasonal waterfall. Student groups have access to a 24-bunk lodge, a camping area, and a large group firepit perfect for star-gazing and S’mores. Organizations and student groups at the University of Redlands can take advantage of the close partnership between the University and The Wildlands Conservancy to access this private Reserve for organizational events and retreats.

Some examples of previous uses include:

  • Residence Life and Housing Training
  • Physics Club Stargazing Overnight
  • Eco-Consciousness Retreat
  • Outdoor Programs Trip Leader Training
  • Native American Student Union Retreat
  • Environmental Studies and Biology Field Research

To inquire about accessing this property, please contact Andrew_Hollis@redlands.edu