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 $15 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 and Trips
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver it in person to the TOP Office.
DescriptionTrip Reduction Request
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 trips, including day trips. Feel free to bring your own snacks.
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.
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.
We only issue trip fee refunds if the trip is canceled.