The Outdoor Program

The Outdoor Program (TOP) offers local and regional hiking, camping, and other outdoor adventures for students.

If you are a student at Evergreen, South Puget Sound Community College, or Saint Martin’s University, you're eligible to sign up. Most trips are for six to ten participants and two or three accompanying staff.

Trip fees range from $10 to $60 depending on the destination and type of trip. The fee covers food, campsite costs, transportation, group gear, and any outdoor rental equipment.

Past trips have included climbing Mt. Rainier, rock climbing at Smith Rock in Oregon, and exploring the Redwoods in California.

Read about upcoming and past trips on the TOP Facebook page.

Winter Quarter TOP Trip Sign-Ups

Please select the sign up link below for full details and online sign-up. You can also stop by the TOP office and we can assist you!

Mt. Rainier Sledding and Snowshoe
It's free-admission day for Mt. Ranier National Park to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. We'll head to Paradise for sledding, snow play, and a snowshoe hike with rangers. Cost: $10
Monday, January 15th, 8 am - 6 pm
Sign up for this trip online
Stoked to be Pumped on Climbing
Whether you’ve never donned rock shoes or have 10 worn-out pairs in the trunk of your car, this will be a good time! TOP will be provided instruction for those wanting it, or just come climbing to have fun and meet new people! Cost: FREE
Thursday, January 18th, 7 pm -8 pm in the CRC bouldering room
No sign-up required
​Kayak Rescue and Skills Clinic
Join us as we work on skills such as wet exit, 2 boat rescues, solo rescues, and bow rescues in the warmth of the Evergreen State College pool. Class size is kept small to encourage skill development. Don't miss this one, it's gonna be a splash! All necessary equipment provided. Space is very limited!
Saturday, January 20th, 10 am - 12 pm. Cost: $10
Sign up for this trip online

Day Trip to Seattle Bouldering Project
Join TOP for this adventure in the big city where we'll head to Seattle Bouldering Project for a day of challenging ourselves on boulder problems. SBP is appropriate for all levels of climbers, from never-ever to expert.
Saturday, February 3rd, 8 am - 6 pm. Cost: $10. Includes transportation and shoes. Participants are responsible for their own entrance fee ($12 for students with ID).
Sign up for this trip online

Mt. Tahoma State Park Snowshoe
This snowshoe trip is a Washington classic. It will be moderately strenuous, but is appropriate for all experience-levels.
Saturday, February 10th, 7 am - 6 pm. Cost $25 (includes transportation, gear, and instruction)
Sign up for this trip online
​Kayak Rescue and Skills Clinic
Join us as we work on skills such as wet exit, 2 boat rescues, solo rescues, and bow rescues in the warmth of the Evergreen State College pool. Class size is kept small to encourage skill development. Don't miss this one, it's gonna be a splash! All necessary equipment provided. Space is very limited!
Saturday, February 17th, 10 am - 12 pm. Cost $10
Sign up for this trip online
 
Ivy Removal Work Party with TOP and RAD
Improve your grip strength and help make lower campus a healthier habitat by pulling ivy. No previous knowledge or experience necessary to participate. Gloves, tools, and guidance provided. Sturdy shoes, rain gear (maybe), and clothes that can get dirty strongly recommended.
Saturday, February 17th, Meet at the HCC @ 1 pm. Cost: FREE
No sign-up required

Outdoor Jeopardy Night @ the HCC
Come test your outdoor-related knowledge. This event is co-sponsored by the TOP residence hall floor and the TOP program. There will be snacks and prizes!
Friday, March 9th @ 7 pm in the HCC. Cost: Free
No sign-up required

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course
This 3-day certification course is ideal for anyone wishing to improve their competency in backcountry wilderness medicine--a must for any adventurer. This course is the minimum standard for many outdoor jobs, but should not be confused with a WFR (9-day course), which some require. For an additional $25 testing fee, this course can recertify your current WFR, WAFA, or WEMT. If you have questions about which is best for you, contact Sam at hensolds@evergreen.edu
Friday, March 30-Sunday, April 1. Cost: Varies (see course page)
Registration and course page coming soon!
 

How It Works

You'll be taking an Evergreen van or bus from campus to your trip's trailhead. From there, you may be hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, kayaking, or cycling to your final destination.

Trips are rated by their level of physical challenge: activity level, elevation, weather, travel distances, and related factors. You don't need prior outdoor experience, but your level of fitness should match the challenge level of the trip.

All trips are designed and led by Evergreen students who we've selected based on leadership ability, experience, and expertise.

Register online or stop by the CRC administrative desk to sign up. If you want to find out more about a specific trip, visit the TOP office during our open hours of 2 pm-7 pm, Monday-Friday.

Gear and Equipment Rentals

The Outdoor Program offers gear and equipment rentals for students, faculty, staff, and community members.  We have a wide variety gear ranging from kayaks and paddles to ice axes, crampons, and tents.  We offer both daily and weekend rates for all rentals.  Please contact our office for additional rental information and reservations.

Special Evaluation Week (12/11-12/16) hours are 10 am - 1 pm.

Rental Hours are 2 pm - 7 pm Monday-Friday.

Rental Equipment Pricing (PDF)

Trip Fee Reduction Program

TOP and Clean Energy Committee Unite!

In fall 2016 The Outdoor Program applied for and received funding from the Clean Energy Committee (CEC). The purpose of the request is to expand access to the outdoors and spread wilderness conservation ethics to our participants.  The CEC has agreed to help our cause and aid us in lowering trip fees for selected participants.  In order to receive a trip fee reduction, you are required to complete this form, demonstrate need, attain Outdoor Coordinator approval, and write a one-page reflection paper. The paper should focus on your trip experience and the importance of clean energy, resource conservation, and reduction of waste for our environment.  A student may only apply once per quarter.

To apply, please submit the below Trip Reduction Request Form via email to top@evergreen.edu or deliver it in person to the TOP Office. 

FileTrip Reduction Request (doc)

Description

Trip Reduction Request
 

Pre-Trip Meeting

The pre-trip meeting will cover logistics and safety for your trip. You'll find out what you'll need to bring and what's expected.

If your schedule conflicts with the meeting time, email us to schedule a meeting with the TOP Coordinator to cover the material.

Gear and Food

TOP staff will bring group gear like tents and cook stoves. After you register for a trip, you'll get a packing list detailing anything you need to bring. If you don't have required camping or climbing equipment, TOP staff will help you reserve any additional equipment like sleeping bags, boots, or snowshoes. The rental cost of the gear is included in your trip fee.

Meals are provided for all overnight trips. While food is included in the trip fee, you may opt out of the group food to reduce the trip cost.

If you have special dietary needs, let us know! We have a lot of expertise in creating delicious and filling meals for virtually every eater.

Weather

Because TOP trips happen throughout the school year, you should be prepared for warm fall days, chilly nights, sunshine, or even rain. You'll want to make sure to have enough of the right layers, including good outerwear. During the pre-trip meeting, we'll help you figure out what clothing is best for the weather and activities on your trip.

If your trip is canceled because of bad weather, you'll get a refund of your trip fee. If your trip gets rescheduled, you may also be offered a guaranteed spot on the new date!

Accidents and Injuries

Injuries are rare, but can happen on wilderness trips. All trips have at least one leader who is Wilderness First Responder certified. All TOP trip leaders have First Aid and CPR training. We carry a fully stocked first aid kit and cell phone on for emergencies.

Refunds

We only issue trip fee refunds if the trip is canceled.