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.

While the CRC is closed, we are offering ways to increase physical and mental wellness through our social media channels. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram for daily challenges, workouts, cooking, outdoors, art, and more!

NEW: Greener Guide to the Outdoors

Stay active and get outside in a safe and socially distanced way! The Greener Guide (PDF) is a resource curated by student leaders, highlighting some of The Outdoor Program's favorite natural places in the Olympia area.


Thumbnail image of the cover page for the Greener Guide to the Outdoors PDF.

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. View the online price list or visit the Equipment Check Out page for more information.

Trip Fee Reduction Program

This partnership with the Clean Energy Committee expands access to the outdoors and spreads wilderness conservations ethics by reducing trip costs for Evergreen students by up to 75%. Applying for a reduction takes only minutes! Submit a trip reduction request form (PDF) to You are allowed one reduction per quarter.

TOP Programs

All in-person programs are currently suspended due to the College's operational status.

How going on trips works

  1. Register

    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.

    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

    This required meeting 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.


TOP Hood Summit

What Is TOP?

The Outdoor Program at Evergreen


TOP builds Evergreen student community, personal growth, and connection to nature through outdoor experiences.

There is no need to join! Many students get involved by joining our weekly meeting, on-campus clinics, or off-campus trips. 

Others become trip leaders. As a trip leader, you'll help organize trips and support your fellow students while enjoying the outdoors. (And you don't pay the trip fee!) If you're interested in jobs in the outdoor industry, you'll have a chance to learn valuable skills.

Just drop in during office hours to find out how to become a trip leader or volunteer in the climbing gym.

Contact us via email at or by phone at 360-867-6526

Sam Hensold at or by phone at 360-867-6520