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Adventure Trips

Get Out of College Park and Explore the Outdoors

Trips hosted by the Adventure Program are a great opportunity to learn new outdoor skills, travel, and meet new people. Unless otherwise stated, all trips are designed as introductory experiences and no previous experience is required. Trained trip leaders will teach you the basics of what you need to know in order to recreate outdoors.

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Open-Enrollment Trips

Spring 2024 Adventure Trip Schedule Preview + Spring 2024 Micro-Adventure Trip Schedule Preview

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The Adventure Program offers a variety of adventure trips that are open to current UMD students. Trip registration includes transportation, equipment rental, camping fees, park entrance fees, and trained trip leaders. On trips of three days length or longer, backcountry meals are also included. Information on each trip can be found on the Trip Schedule Previews linked above. 

Spring 2024 Adventure Trip Registartion will open Wednesday, January 24 at 8 AM. We recommend reviewing the Spring 2024 Trip Registration guide before then. 

Custom Adventure Trips

The Adventure Program can create and lead a custom trip just for you and your group! We offer custom trips ranging in length from one to two days for UMD-affiliated groups of 6-20 people. Trip activities include hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, caving, paddling, and camping.

Review the custom trip options and cost document below for trip activity and location options. Our schedule fills up quickly, so we recommend completing the custom trip request form a semester in advance of your desired trip date. 

Custom Trip Options & Costs

Custom Trip Request Form

If you are in need of financial assistance in order to participate on an adventure trip, you can apply for funding from the Adventure Program Access and Enrichment Fund. The fund was created to cover full or partial adventure trip registrations for students who need financial assistance. Our hope is to provide more Terps with the opportunity to get outside and experience the wellness benefits of physical activity and spending time in nature. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 




Pre-trip meetings are mandatory to participate in adventure trips. Unless otherwise stated, pre-trip meetings occur on the Tuesday before the trip at 8 PM in the Adventure Program. If you miss the mandatory pre-trip meeting for any reason other than an excused absence, or if you fail to notify the trip leaders in advance, then your spot on the trip is forfeit and you will not receive a refund. 

During the pre-trip meeting, you will meet other people going on the trip, review important trip logistics and safety information, practice important outdoor skills, and check out any necessary equipment for your adventure.

If an adventure trip is full and you are interested in being placed on the waitlist for the trip, add yourself through the trip registration page. We will contact you if a space becomes available, after which you will be asked to pay and complete registration. 


If University Recreation & Wellness (RecWell) cancels the trip due to weather, lack of participants, or other circumstances, the participant will receive a full refund. 

For a one or two day trip: if the participant cancels their registration eight business days (defined as Monday - Friday when classes are in session) or more prior to the first day of the trip, a refund will be given, less a $10.00 processing fee. Cancellations made within 7 business days prior to the first day of the trip will result in no refund. 

For extended trips of 3 days length or longer: if the participant cancels their registration 13 business days or more prior to the first day of the trip a refund will be given, less a $10.00 processing fee. Cancellations made within 12 business days prior to the first day of the trip will result in no refund. 

All cancellations and refunds must be submitted through the RecWell Adventure Program Trip Cancellation & Refund Request Form. The timestamp generated from the completion of this form will act as the official time of your cancellation / refund request.

Cancellation & Refund Request Form


The RecWell Adventure Program values inclusion and is committed to making programs accessible to as many individuals as possible. Adventure Program professional staff have designed these essential eligibility criteria based on industry best practices, benchmarking with other organizations, available equipment, and level of staff training within the RecWell Adventure Program.

Individual adventure trips can vary based on the specific activity and location. Trip descriptions may contain additional or more specific requirements. If you have questions or concerns about meeting certain criteria, please contact Meghan Loughry at or at 301-226-3078 to determine if it is possible to make programmatic or equipment accommodations to meet your needs. 

The Adventure Program has adaptive kayaking, climbing, and biking equipment that may be used to assist individuals. Adventure Program staff are committed to assisting participants with accommodations unless it alters the fundamental nature or safety of the experience.

Essential Eligibility Criteria


Contact Us

Portrait of Meghan Loughry

Meghan Loughry

Assistant Director, Adventure Program
Portrait of Sam Shrestha

Sam Shrestha

Coordinator, Adventure Trips & Camps
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