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. View the online price list or visit the Equipment Check Out page for more information.
If you’re 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 Rock in Oregon, paddling the Puget Sound, exploring mountains and beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, and more!
Fall Quarter TOP Programs
You can sign-up online or stop by the TOP office and we can assist you!
Click trip titles to register (if required)
Trip Leader Training Info Meeting
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 4 pm-5 pm
Come join us to learn about the many ways you can get involved with The Outdoor Program beyond being a participant. Gain valuable leadership and teamwork skills along with real life experience by becoming a trip leader with TOP! Regardless of your desired professional path after Evergreen, leading for TOP can benefit you. Come join us at this meeting to learn about how to get involved with this welcoming community of committed students from across campus. No registration needed. No prior experience needed. The meeting will be located in The Outdoor program office, CRC room 109.
Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 8 am - 5 pm
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is a renowned destination for birders and anyone interested in exploring the wonders of the largest estuary restoration in the Northwest. Whether you’d like to learn more about bird identification, or just want to enjoy one of the South Sound’s most stunning areas, this trip is for you! Please bring a lunch and water bottle. TOP can provide water bottles and rain gear if needed, free of charge. No pre-trip meeting required. Cost is only $5 per person due to sponsorship by the Clean Energy Committee! On the day of the hike, meet at 7:45 am at The Outdoor program office, CRC room 109.
Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 8 am- 5 pm
Spend some time on the beautiful Puget Sound on a kayak adventure to Hope Island. This fun day will be filled with exploration of Hope Island State Park and its magnificent apple orchard. All rentals are included, please bring a lunch and rain layers. Cost is $27 per person. Meet at 7:30 am The Outdoor program office, CRC room 109.
S’mores and Climbing
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 4 pm – 6 pm
Did you know that Evergreen has an outdoor climbing wall? Open to all ranges of experience, s’mores and climbing provides an excellent opportunity for students to try out climbing, meet new people, and eat delicious s’mores! TOP will have staff on-site to provide you with a safe and enjoyable climbing experience. Just bring yourself and the clothes on your back. We’ll provide chalk, climbing shoes, harnesses, and helmets. Cost: Free! No registration needed.
Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 7 am to Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 5 pm
We’ll travel together to the stunning shores of Kalaloch beach where we will explore and camp on the Pacific Ocean! With both tidepools and forest, this area offers a unique experience for beach camping. All rentals are included as well as food from Saturday lunch through Sunday lunch (option to opt out of food for reduced price). Pre-trip meeting is mandatory and will be held on Wednesday October 23, at 4 pm. Cost is $47 per person with food, $27 without. The meeting will be located in TOP office, CRC room 109.
Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 8 am to 5 pm
Join TOP on a relaxing day hike to Staircase, get ready for amazing views of Olympic National Park. The hike takes you along the Skokomish River with footbridges and old-growth mossy trees. Come prepared with rain gear, a water bottle, lunch, and shoes that can get muddy. Rain gear and water bottle can be provided free of charge. Cost is $15 per person. On the day of the hike, meet at 7:45 am at The Outdoor Program office, CRC room 109.
Saturday, November 9th, 2019 from 7 am to Monday, November 11 at 5 pm
Want to go climbing outdoors and see the beautiful Oregon high desert? Come on a three-day climbing adventure with TOP to Smith Rock! Whether you are a beginner or experienced climber this weekend will give you the opportunity to climb outdoors in a safe and supportive environment. All gear is provided including camping and climbing gear. No prior experience necessary. All meals are included except breakfast on Saturday (option to opt out of food for reduced price). Cost is $93 per person with food, $58 without. Pre-trip meeting is mandatory and is on Wednesday November 6 at 4 pm in The Outdoor program office, CRC room 109.
If you want information directly to your inbox, email email@example.com and request to be on the mailing list. You can also stop by our office Monday-Friday Noon-2 pm and 4 pm - 7 pm to sign up.
How it works
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 12-2 pm and 4-7 pm, Monday – Friday.
- 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.
- Cost a barrier? See the below for information on the fee reduction program.
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.
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.
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 a trip reduction request form (DOC) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver it in person to the TOP office. You’re allowed one reduction per quarter.