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Outdoor Activities & Trips

Students hiking outdoors.

Get in touch with the outdoors

Outdoor Activities and Trips provides opportunities for students and community members to participate in nature based workshops and excursions. Goals include skill development, social interaction, environmental awareness and relaxation.

Safety of participants and leaders is essential.  Due to Covid-19, the following are practices that will be part of each outdoor activity:

1. Each participant will need to honestly answer:
-Have you been near a person diagnosed with Covid 19?
-Are you experiencing any symptoms of Covid 19? Symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
-If the answer to the above is “yes”, then please call us and cancel your participation and isolate yourself.
-Do you require an accommodation to not wear a face covering for medical or religious reasons? If so, please bring appropriate documentation.
2. Please bring along a face covering for possible situations of going into buildings (in weather emergencies or when grabbing equipment) or when individuals cannot space out properly.  We will strive for physical distancing while outdoors.
3. In general, arrive dressed to participate in the activity and for the weather conditions.

Hey UMD Students, if you are tight on money and would like to get outdoors, we can help!  Thanks to a couple of former student staff, we have scholarship money to support you getting outdoors.  Just email Tim at and tell him what outing you would like to go on and why you want to go.  We’ll get back to you within a few days!  It’s that simple.  Available for any of our outdoor options - trips, hikes, paddling, climbing, and workshops.

volunteering with the outdoor program iconVolunteering With The Outdoor Program

Do you love the outdoors and have a desire to share it with others? The Outdoor Program is always seeking new student staff members for a variety of opportunities. You don't need to be an expert in the wilderness to join us and there will be opportunities to fit your schedule, with lots of free training.
Kick Off Meeting: Tuesday, September 22, 5-6pm
Meet: At the Tennis Courts outside SpHC
We will have regular meetings and activities throughout the semester on Tuesdays at 5pm. To get details of what the topics are or how to get involved, email Ryley ( Even if you can't make the meetings, we can get you involved.


Get outside and explore what UMD has to offer for outdoor activities. Join us for the Outdoor Adventure Sampler at Bagley Nature Area. Here you can experience activities such as hiking, biking, canoeing, slacklining, and nature exploration - we'll have all of the equipment. Try sweet activities, meet new people, be outside. Please bring your face covering and stay physically spaced out.
Tuesday, September 29, 5pm-7pm - Stop by anytime
Meet: Bagley Nature Area Classroom (if you need directions go to
Cost: FREE! No need to Register, just show up!

FREE KAYAK AND CANOE ROCK PONDFree Canoeing & Kayaking on Rock Pond

Here is your chance to try canoeing and kayaking right on campus! Over in Bagley Nature Area (on the north side of campus) is Rock Pond. We'll have canoes, recreational kayaks, and equipment as well as instructors to help you learn the basics. Or just show up to have fun on the pond, if you already know how to paddle. We may even pull together some on-water games. Get outdoors! Get on the water! Have fun!
Saturday, September 26, & October 3, 1-3pm
We Provide: Leaders, canoes and accessories
You Provide: Dress for the weather
Meet: Rock Pond in Bagley Nature Area
Cost: FREE! No need to Register, just show up!


Fat biking in Duluth has become a "BIG" deal. Join us on a cruise through Hartley Park. All skill levels are welcome. Trails like the 'Pines' and the 'Guardrail' are such wonderful rides. You'll have a ton of fun, meet new friends, and burn off some energy outdoors!
Saturday, September 19, 12pm- 2pm
Register By: Friday, September 18 at Noon
We Provide: Fat bikes and instruction
You Provide: Warm clothing in layers
Meet: At the Tennis Courts outside SpHC
Cost: $7 UMD Student Members/ $15 Others


Close to campus are 4 amazing parks that get you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday campus life. We'll explore one park per outing. These hikes will give you the opportunity to learn how to get there, explore the wonderful features of each, and enjoy the company of new friends while being active in nature.
Congdon Park: Sunday, September 20, 2-4pm
Hartley Park: Sunday, September 27, 2-4pm
Bagley Nature Area: Sunday, October 4, 2-3:30pm
Chester Park: Sunday, October 11, 2-4pm
We Provide: Leaders
You Provide: Dress for the weather, wear proper footwear for hiking
Meet: At the Tennis Courts outside SpHC
Cost Each Session: $2 UMD Student Members/ $4 Others

apple cidering the old fashioned wayApple Cidering: The Old Fashioned Way

See the magical process of fresh local apples being turned into tasty apple cider! Learn about the old techniques that early settlers used to sweeten up their lives and participate in the process of using an old cider grinder and press. Mmmmm good!
Monday, October 5, 5-7pm
Register By: Noon, October 5
We Provide: Instruction, all materials needed
You Provide: Mug for Cider, dress for the weather (we will be outside), face covering
Meet: Bagley Nature Area Classroom
Cost: $3 UMD Student Members/$7 Others


Buckthorn is an invasive species that is choking out the native species of the area. We will be working to eradicate this nuisance species through non-toxic, environmentally friendly methods. We need your help to rid Bagley Nature Center of Buckthorn by pulling it out of the ground so it doesn't come back. It will be an afternoon of fun and hard work and you will be helping the forest stay healthy. No registration is required.
Tuesday, October 6, 4-7pm
We Provide: Instruction & tools
You Provide: Gloves, work clothes, water bottle, face cover (we'll strive to stay distanced and not need a face covering)
Meet: Bagley Nature Area Classroom
Cost: FREE! No need to Register, just show up!


Love the outdoors but haven't been able to capture the moment? Bring your camera, or check one out from the Media Hub, and come enjoy the fall colors in Bagley Nature Area! We will be teaching different camera techniques to help you better your skills and remember your time spent outside!
Thursday, October 8, 4:30-6:30pm
Register By: Noon, October 8
We Provide: Knowledgeable leaders
You Provide: Dress for the weather, camera, face covering
Meet: Rock Pond in Bagley Nature Area
Cost: $2 UMD Student Members/$4 Others

DULUTH TRAVERSE CHALLENGEFree Intro to Mountain Biking on the Duluth Traverse

Some of the most amazing bike trails are in Duluth, one of which goes right through campus: The Duluth Traverse. This is an opportunity to try fat and mountain biking on the trail. It's a short segment, but fun! We'll help you with some skills and you can get on the trail. Get outside! Have fun!
Saturday, October 10, 17, 24 11am-1pm
We Provide: Leaders, bikes, helmets
You Provide: Dress for the weather
Meet: Rock Pond in Bagley Nature Area
Cost: FREE! Just show up!

wooden spoon makingWooden Spoon Making

The word spoon translates to a "chip of wood". In this course you will learn how to make a wooden eating spoon with green woodworking techniques, all done with hand tools. Tools will be provided but feel free to bring any hook or whittling knife, small hatchets, or gouges.
Saturday, October 10, 9am-Noon
Register By: Friday, October 9 by Noon
We Provide: Tools and Instruction
You Provide: Any tools you may have, dress for the weather, face covering
Meet: Outside Bagley Nature Area Classroom (we'll be outdoors while carving)
Cost: $4 UMD Student Members/ $10 Others

constellation hikeConstellation Hike

Come walk amongst the stars. We will hike up to Rock Knob in Hartley Park and look up at the stars. We will explore the stories and the history behind the constellations that mark the Fall Sky.
Wednesday, November 11 7pm-9:30pm
Register by: November 20 at Noon
We Provide: Leaders and expertise
You Provide: Proper clothing for the weather, proper footwear, face covering
Meet: Outside of the Bagley Classroom
Cost: $4 UMD Student Members/$10 Others