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’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!
Read about upcoming and past trips on the TOP Facebook page.
Winter Quarter TOP Programs
You can sign-up online or stop by the TOP office and we can assist you!
TOP partners with Olympia Parks Arts and Recreation Department to bring kayak roll sessions and rescue clinics to the CRC pool! check out the OPARD website for course dates and registration.
Trip Leader Info Meeting
Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 5 pm-6 pm
Come join us to learn about the many ways you can get involved with TOP 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.
Friday January 18, 2019 from 5 pm – 8 pm
Embrace the darkness and join TOP for a night walk to the Evergreen Beach via the Evergreen trails! Come prepared with clothing and footwear for the weather and muddy trails. If needed, TOP can provide rain gear, warm layers, and a headlamp. Meet at the TOP office in the CRC. Cost: Free. No pre-trip meeting required No registration needed.
Winter Fun Trip
Sunday January 20, 2018 from 9 am - 5 pm
Come with us to explore a nearby winter wonderland. The loose agenda will be building snow sculptures and snow forts, drinking hot chocolate, and maybe even sledding! Cost: $10 (includes equipment, snacks, hot chocolate, and transportation). Pre-trip meeting on Wed., Jan. 16th @ 5 pm is mandatory. THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE MT. RAINIER NATIONAL PARK CLOSURE AND LACK OF SNOW AT LOWER ELEVATION LOCATIONS.
Climbing for Geoducks
Thursday January 31, 2018 6 pm – 9 pm
Did you know that many Geoducks are skilled climbers, while others have never tried? Whether you are already familiar with this amazing mollusks' abilities in the vertical realm or are curious about the world above the mud, this night is for you! There will be free pizza, and we all know Geoducks LOVE pizza! TOP will have staff on-site to provide you with an orientation to the climbing facility if you’ve never been. Just bring yourself and the clothes on your back. We’ll provide pizza, chalk and climbing shoes. Cost: Free! No registration needed.
Birding at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Sunday February 3, 2018 from 9 am - 1 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! As a partnership with the Clean Energy Committee, this trip is being offered for only $5, so register today! No pre-trip meeting required. REGISTER FOR BIRDING AT NISQUALLY
Mt. Rainier National Park Snowshoe
Saturday February 16, 2018 from 9 am – 5 pm
We’ll travel together to the snowy Mt. Rainier National Park for a Ranger-guided snowshoe hike from Paradise lodge. If you’ve never been to this iconic park in the winter, or at all, don’t miss this one! Cost: $12 (includes transportation, park entrance fee, and equipment). Pre-trip meeting on Wed., Feb. 13th @ 5 pm is mandatory. REGISTER FOR MT. RAINIER SNOWSHOE
Femme Climbing Night
Monday February 25, 2019 from 7:30 pm - 9 pm
Spend some time in the CRC bouldering gym with other femme climbers! This is a space meant to build connection, help solve bouldering problems, and have fun. The session is open to seasoned climbers and newcomers alike. If you've never bouldered before, or don't even know what bouldering is (it's rock climbing on short walls so you don’t need ropes) please join us, and we'll help you figure it out! Climbing shoe rental at the CRC equipment center is free for current Evergreen students and CRC gym members. Cost: FREE. No registration needed.
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 of 2 – 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.