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 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.

Spring 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!

Afternoon Paddle 
Join us for an open paddle in Eld Inlet! De-stress on a Wednesday afternoon with the TOP crew as they introduce you to boating equipment available through TOP at the Evergreen beach! Bring clothes and shoes that can get wet. Meet at the TOP office at 3:30 and walk with us down to the beach. Cost: FREE 
Wednesday, April 11th, 4 pm 
Sign up for this trip online

Kayak Clinic 
Interested in learning about kayak safety and paddling? Join the TOP crew as they go over basic safety such as PFD usage and teach basic kayaking skills like forward strokes, backward strokes, turning, skulling, and braces. Put those skills to use and practice in Eld Inlet!  Cost: $5
Saturday, May 12th, 11 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 2 pm 
Sign up for the first session online or Sign up for the second session online 

Ivy Removal Party 
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. Cost: FREE 
Wednesday, April 25th, 1 pm - 3 pm  
No sign-up required 

Mima Falls Day Hike 
Explore the beauty of Capital Forest on this day hike. Only 30 minutes away from campus, the 6.5-mile loop features Mima Falls in addition to forests and wetlands. Please pack a lunch to enjoy at the falls, water to stay hydrated, and wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Cost: $10
Saturday, April 28th, 9 am - 5 pm 
Sign up for this trip online 

Beach Camping 
Celebrate your accomplishments this spring quarter at kalaloch Beach! Bring binoculars and get a peek at what's happening on the off-shore island wildlife refuge. Join us for this car camping addventure filled with day hiking, exploring the pools, birding, and celebrating triumphant spring quarter. Bring money and food with you or pay an additional $10 to participate in group meals for dinner and breakfast. Cost: $30  
Saturday, May 5th - Sunday May 6th, Leave 8 am Return 6 pm   
Sign up for this trip online 

Afternoon Paddle
Missed the first afternoon paddle session? Join us for a second open paddle in Eld Inlet! De-stress on a Wednesday afternoon with the TOP crew as they introduce you to boating equipment available through TOP at the Evergreen beach! Bring clothes and shoes that can get wet. Meet at the TOP office at 3:30 and walk with us down to the beach. Cost: FREE 
Wednesday, May 9th, 4 pm
Sign up for this trip online  

Climbing and S'mores  
Hang out with TOP and the Geoduck Climbing Coalition when we open up the outdoor climbing wall for some top-roping fun! Climb hard, and then relax around a fire and snack on some s'mores. All experience levels welcome, all equipment will be provided. Cost: FREE
Wednesday, May 16th, 4 pm - 6 pm
No sign up required 

Olympic National Park Backpack
Come visit Washington's famous Olympic National Park during TOP's overnight backpacking trip! This beginner-friendly trip will feature huge trees, dripping moss and mountain views! Bring your own food or pay an additional $20 to participate in group breakfast and dinner. Cost: $50
Saturday, May 26th - Monday, May 28th, Leave 7 am Return 6 pm 
Sign up for this trip online 

Climbing and S'mores  
Hang out with TOP and the Geoduck Climbing Coalition when we open up the outdoor climbing wall for some top-roping fun! Climb hard, and then relax around a fire and snack on some s'mores. All experience levels welcome, all equipment will be provided. Cost: FREE
Wednesday, June 6th, 4 pm - 6 pm
No sign up required 

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 daily, weekend, and weekly rates for all rentals. All rentals are first-come, first-serve. We do not accept reservations. Please contact our office for additional information.

Summer Rental Hours Begin June 24, 2018. 

Summer Hours:

  • Monday- 4 pm - 7 pm
  • Tuesday - Closed
  • Wednesday - Closed
  • Thursday - 4 pm - 7 pm
  • Friday - 4 pm - 7 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday - Closed

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 trip leaders are certified in wilderness medical care. 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.