Frequently Asked Questions

Who can go on trips?

OP trips are open to all students, faculty, staff and administration. No prior experience is necessary. So, if you want to try 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. You can join us on trips whenever you want. Watch for our weekly email every Wednesday to find out about new trips, stop by the Outdoor Programs Rental Shop (Currier gym, across from the tennis courts), or contact us to have your name added to our email list.

How do I join a trip?

Watch this website for news about upcoming trips. For more consistent updates follow us on Instagram @outdoor_programs! You can also find trip details in our weekly email each Wednesday. Sign up in the Outdoor Programs Rental Shop (Currier Gym, across from the tennis courts). Between one and four trips are usually led every weekend and especially during short-term breaks such as fall or spring break. Once you've registered for the trip, you'll receive detailed information, including packing information.

Scholarship Info

Outdoor Programs works hard to provide students with opportunities to get outside and explore. Trips are organized and budgeted to provide discounted financial expense to everyone involved.  Additionally, many trips offer additional scholarships!

What training do Trip Leaders have?

OP Trip Leaders come from diverse backgrounds and are passionate about many different outdoor pursuits. They receive training in outdoor skills, logistics and risk management, interpersonal development, and much more. Many have a minimum of a Wilderness First Responder certification and attend regular Trip Leader trainings and workshops. All leaders are current students at the University of Redlands

How do I become a Trip Leader?

Most Outdoor Programs trips are student planned and student led. If you would like to develop your leadership skills and become a facilitator on some amazing outdoor adventures, then you could be part of the OP Trip Leader team. Applications are available mid-semester and for an apprenticeship the following semester.

What steps should I take to move toward OP leadership?

  • 1. Visit Outdoor Programs and sign up for a trip, where you can experience and see firsthand what leadership is all about.

  • 2. Attend an OP Meet and Greet Information session.

  • 3. Attend free workshops offered by Outdoor Programs.
  • 4. Submit a trip leader application.


What are the benefits of being a Trip Leader?

OP Trip Leaders experience many benefits. As a leader, you can:

    •    Plan trips where you want to go and do what you want to do.
    •    Get amazing summer or post-college jobs that allow you to travel and spend time outside.
    •    Earn discounted rates on trips, courses and equipment.
    •    Meet interesting people and see amazing places.
    •    Be a part of a community of outdoor leaders.
    •    Attend leadership conferences.
    •    Attend clinics and workshops, which help solidify your own outdoor skills, knowledge, and character.
    •    Lead 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 trips for clubs, organizations, athletic teams, residence halls and other groups. OP can help you organize anything from activities on campus to overnight wilderness backpacking trips and more. See our instagram for the sign-up form.