Loyola University Chicago

Outdoor Experiential Education

Campus Recreation | Student Complex

Current Offerings

Campfires on the Quad

In addition to all the Outdoor Experiences listed below, join us for Campfires on the Quad on the second-to-last Friday of the month.  Stop by for a s’more (or two) and hang out by the campfire. 

September 22nd, October 20th, and November 17th, 8pm-10pm on the West Quad.

Weekend Campout at LUREC

Saturday, September 9th (12pm)-Sunday, September 10th (12pm)
$20

After a couple weeks of classes, it’s time to get outdoors!  We’ll campout in tents and tarps at a secluded campsite on the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus.  The group will enjoy a night amongst the forestry and commune around the campfire.  Registration fee covers your transportation to and from LUREC, two meals (Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast) and snacks, any/all camping gear, and a Ramble Outdoors t-shirt (earned by sleeping outside with our program).  No experience necessary!

If registering online, look for Activity # 160303-10 (Campout at LUREC).

Day Hike at Starved Rock State Park

Sunday, September 17th (8am-6pm)
$15

Come spend the day with us at Starved Rock State Park.  Starved Rock is famous for its hiking trails, canyons, and (when conditions are right) waterfalls.  We’ll spend the day hiking in the woods overlooking the Illinois River.  Registration fee covers your transportation to and from Starved Rock, lunch and snacks, and any rental gear (backpack, water bottle, rain layers, etc…).  No experience necessary!

If registering online, look for Activity # 160303-14 (DayHike Starved Rock).

Camp Kitchen Clinic

(First of four October Tuesday night outdoor skills clinics – sign up for one, two, three, or all four)
Tuesday, October 3rd (5pm-7pm)
$5

Get familiar with some outdoor gear by learning how to use backpacking stoves.  We’ll use all the tools necessary to cook a meal in the backcountry, cook together, and eat together.  Registration fee covers the food for our meal.  No experience necessary!

If registering online, look for Activity # 160303-17 (Camp Kitchen Clinic).

Fall Break Campout at Weldon Springs State Park

Saturday, October 7th (9am)-Sunday, October 8th (4pm)
$25

Take full advantage of the break from classes, get out of the city, and enjoy some time spent in nature.  This is the perfect time to see beautiful fall colors reflected in the state park lake.  The group will hike the trails throughout the park and camp in tents and tarps for the night alongside the Salt Creek Trail.  Registration fee covers your transportation to and from Weldon Springs, four meals (Saturday lunch/dinner, Sunday breakfast/lunch) and snacks, any/all camping gear, and a Ramble Outdoors t-shirt (earned by sleeping outside with our program).  No experience necessary!

If registering online, look for Activity # 160303-11 (Fall Break Campout).

Campout on the Quad

Friday, October 13th (9pm)-Saturday, October 14th (8am)
$10

Experience Friday the 13th like never before – from the perspective of the West Quad.  The group will enjoy a campfire on the quad with s’mores and other fun desserts, climb at the Rock Wall during closed hours, sleep in tents, and eat breakfast on the quad.  Registration fee includes snacks and Saturday breakfast, any/all camping gear, and a Ramble Outdoors t-shirt (earned by sleeping outside with our program).  No experience necessary!

If registering online, look for Activity # 160303-12 (Campout on the Quad).

Pool Paddling Clinic

(Second of four October Tuesday night outdoor skills clinics – sign up for one, two, three, or all four)
Tuesday, October 17th (10pm-12am)
$5

Learn some kayaking skills and play some paddling games.  Take full advantage of the Halas pool by experiencing it from the view on a kayak.  Registration fee covers your equipment use and instruction.  No experience necessary!

If registering online, look for Activity # 160303-18 (Pool Paddling Clinic).

Rappelling Clinic

(Third of four October Tuesday night outdoor skills clinics – sign up for one, two, three, or all four)
Tuesday, October 24th (10pm-12am)
$5

Rappel 35-feet from the top of the Rock Wall in Halas.  Please note, you must be able to climb to the top of the Rock Wall in order to rappel down.  Registration fee covers your equipment use and instruction.  Minimal climbing experience necessary.

If registering online, look for Activity # 160303-19 (Rappelling Clinic).

Day Hike at Rock Cut State Park

Sunday, October 29th (8am-6pm)
$15

Spend the day hiking in over 3,000 acres of woodlands and prairies.  Rock Cut is home to hundreds of wildlife and wildflower species and offers over 40 miles of hiking trails giving us numerous options to choose from deciding what trails to take for our day hike.  This is the perfect opportunity to take a break from your studies, get out of the city, and refresh.  Registration fee covers transportation to and from Rock Cut, lunch and snacks, and any rental gear (backpack, water bottle, rain layers, etc…).  No experience necessary!

If registering online, look for Activity # 160303-15 (Day Hike Rock Cut).

Knots Clinic

(Fourth and final October Tuesday night outdoor skills clinics – sign up for one, two, three, or all four)
Tuesday, October 31st (7pm-8pm)
$5

Learn over a dozen knots that are used in both camping and climbing settings.  You’ll get plenty of time to practice and receive a practice rope that is yours for the keeping.  Registration fee covers instruction and practice rope.  No experience necessary!

If registering online, look for Activity # 160303-20 (Knots Clinic).

Weekend Campout at Mississippi Palisades State Park

Saturday, November 4th (9am)-Sunday, November 5th (4pm)
$25

Before the end of the semester sets in, take one last break and join us for a weekend campout.  We’ll hike along the backwaters of the Mississippi River, through the cliff bluffs, and reach some beautiful Mississippi River overlooks and then campout in tents and tarps.  Registration fee covers your transportation to and from Mississippi Palisades, four meals (Saturday lunch/dinner, Sunday breakfast/lunch) and snacks, any/all camping gear, and a Ramble Outdoors t-shirt (earned by sleeping outside with our program).  No experience necessary!

If registering online, look for Activity # 160303-13 (Weekend Campout).

Outdoor Skills Clinic & Hike at Harms Woods Forest Preserve

Saturday, November 11th (9am-3pm)
$15

Take a deep breath in the Cook County Forest Preserves and enjoy learning something new while spending time amongst the trees.  We’ll hike through the preserves and teach skills helpful in backcountry camping (orienteering, cooking with backpacking stoves, setting up tarps, etc…).  Skills clinic instruction will be tailored to the group and what they want to learn.  Registration fee covers transportation to and from Harms Woods, lunch, and any rental gear (backpack, water bottle, rain layers, etc…).  No experience necessary!

If registering online, look for Activity # 160303-16 (Harms Woods Skills).

 

(If you are having difficulty logging onto WebTrac to register, please contact Rachel Murray at rmurray3@luc.edu)

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Questions? Contact Rachel Murray, Program Coordinator, at rmurray3@luc.edu or 773-508-2366.