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.

To return outdoor equipment during the current CRC closure, please set up an appointment with Sam Hensold by emailing

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.

Winter 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)

Climbing Gym Setting Party

January 23rd from 6 pm – 10 pm

Create your own climbing route! Meet climbers in the Evergreen climbing community while putting up a new batch of routes! This event is open to all novice and experienced climbers/setters. Staff will support and guide as needed. Cost: Free.

Women & Queer Climbing Gym Route Setting Party

Monday, January 27 from 6:30 pm -- 10:00 pm

Creativity and climbing! Have you ever wanted to make easier climbing routes? Build a climbing project for yourself? Create the most unique climb you can think of? Join us for an evening of pizza and putting up climbing holds in creative patterns! This space is for anyone who identifies as female, queer, or non-binary. No experience or gear necessary. Climbing shoes are always free from the CRC front desk. Cost: Free.

Mount Rainier National Park Snowshoeing

Saturday, February 8 from 7:30 am – 5 pm

Come on a ranger-led snowshoe adventure with the outdoor program from Paradise Lodge. The walks cover approximately 1.8 miles in two hours and is a good opportunity for beginners to try the sport or anyone wanting to see Mount Rainier in the winter! Participants are responsible for providing their own warm clothes, food, and 2 liters of water for the day. TOP can provide extra clothes at no extra cost if needed. Cost: $20 and includes transportation, entrance fee, and equipment. Meet at the TOP office (CRC 109) at 7 am on the day of the trip for a 7:30 departure.

Nisqually Winter Birding

Saturday February 15 from 8:45 am - 5 pm

Join TOP for a casual hike in the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. This is a great opportunity to get off campus and learn about the native birds to the area. The hike in on a beautiful boardwalk where you can see over 200 species of birds. Whether you are a long time birder or just want to check it out, this is the trip for you. Participants are responsible for their clothing, food, and water for the day. TOP can provide extra clothes at no extra cost if needed. Cost: $14 and includes transportation and entrance fees.

80’s Climbing Night

Friday, February 28 from 7 pm – 9 pm

If you are looking to get involved in the climbing community or just love 80’s themed events, head over to the indoor climbing gym in the CRC for a night to remember. There will be music (of course), food, drinks, and prizes for an awesome 80’s themed costume contest. This is a great way to meet fellow climbers while having a disco ball of a time. Cost: FREE.


Wilderness First Aid Training with WMTC

Friday, March 20 to Sunday, March 22, from 8 am - 6 pm each day

We are teaming up with the Wilderness Medicine Training Center to provide this three-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course at Evergreen! A WFA may be the best choice for weekend campers, people taking day hikes within cell phone coverage, and those who are looking for basic instruction. It meets requirements for many outdoor jobs, including Boy Scouts of America and American Camping Association trip leader requirements. Depending on your field and/or activity, a WFR may be more appropriate. Visit the course page for complete information.


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