The Outdoor Program

The Outdoor Program (TOP) offers local and regional hiking, camping, and other outdoor adventures for students. We also have a four-season equipment rental center.

Outdoor Equipment Rentals: TOP offers affordable 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.  Visit the Equipment Check Out page for more information.

If you are a student at Evergreen you're eligible to sign up for our low cost trips designed for all experience levels.

Past trips have included rock climbing at Smith Rocks in Oregon, paddling the Puget Sound, exploring mountains and beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, and more!

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

Fall 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!

Mima Falls Day Hike: Come explore one of Evergreen's nearby gems with a walk through the woods to a waterfall on this easy hike. We will also make a stop at the intriguing Mima Mounds. No pre-trip required. COST: $10. Saturday, September 29, 2018, at 10:00 am.
Olympic Mountains Backpacking: Join TOP on a stunning alpine trail to the remote Moose Lake in Olympic National Park on this moderately strenuous backpacking trip. No prior experience backpacking is necessary! COST: $80. Mandatory pre-trip meeting is Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 5:00 pm.  Friday, October 5, 2018, at 5:00 pm - Sunday, October 7, 2018, at 5:00 pm.
Yoga on the Beach - Overnight Camping: Travel to Cape Disappointment with TOP leaders and your own yoga instructor for this weekend of relaxation and exploration on the Pacific Ocean. No experience necessary. Mandatory pre-trip meeting on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 5:00 pm. COST: $50 with food or $30 without food. Saturday, October, 13, 2018, at 8:00 am - Sunday, October 14, 2018, at 5:00 pm.
Fall Colors Walk: This Return to Evergreen collaborative event will take students, families, Evergreen alumni on a walk through the Evergreen woods down to our beachfront, while enjoying the changing colors along the way. No pre-trip meeting required. COST: FREE. Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Smith Rocks Climbing Trip: This always-popular climbing trip to Oregon is open for all experience levels. We will camp in the juniper forest by night and climb in the (hopefully) warm, high desert sun by day! No prior climbing experience necessary. Mandatory pre-trip meeting on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 5:00 pm. COST: $130 with food or $95 without food. Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 6:00 am - Monday, November 12, 2018, at 6:00 pm.
Kayak Rescue in the Pool: Join instructors from the Olympia Parks Arts and Recreation Department to learn the skills necessary for self-rescue in open water. No pre-trip meeting required. COST: $10 NOTE: Non-students must sign-up directly with Olympia Parks Arts and Recreation. Sunday, November 11, 2018, at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

TOP COMMUNITY CLINICS:

*Unless other noted, all clinics are free and meet at 5:00 pm in the TOP office (CRC 109)*

  • Backcountry Navigation: Monday, October 1, 2018
  • TOP Volunteer and Trip Leader Info Meeting: Monday, October 1, 2018 @ 6 pm
  • S'mores and Climbing: Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm @ the Outdoor Wall
  • Femme Climbing Night: Sunday, October 14, 2018, at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ the Indoor Wall
  • Ropes and Knots: Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Stoves and Equipment Repair: Monday, December 3, 2018
  • TOP Volunteer and Trip Leader Info Meeting: Monday, December 3, 2018 @ 6 pm

BONUS: Evergreen Sailing Club Trips

New and novice sailors are welcome aboard the 59-foot, gaff-rigged schooner, Pleiades. Instructional sails are $10 for two-hours. No experience needed. Register online by selecting a sail date below. Questions? Contact the sailing club at sail.evergreen@gmail.com

How It Works

  1. Register online or stop by the TOP office 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.
    1. Trip fees vary based upon location, duration, and activity type. The fees are based only on direct costs such as food, campsites, permits, and transportation. 
    2. Cost a barrier? See the below for information on the fee reduction program.
  2. Attend the pre-trip meeting, which will cover logistics and safety for your trip. You'll find out what you'll need to bring and what to expect. If your schedule conflicts with the meeting time, email us to schedule a meeting with the TOP Coordinator to cover the material.

  3. Gear and Food:

    TOP staff will bring group gear like tents and cook stoves. At the pre-trip meeting, you'll get a packing list detailing anything you need to bring. If you don't have required clothing or equipment, we've got you covered. 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 for some trips 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.

  4. Refunds: We only issue trip fee refunds if the trip is canceled.

Trip Fee Reduction Program

The purpose of this partnership program with the Clean Energy Committee is to expand access to the outdoors and spread wilderness conservation ethics to our participants.  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. You are allowed one reduction per quarter.

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