Outdoor Pursuits Pre-Orientation Trips | University of Portland

Outdoor Pursuits Pre-Orientation Trips

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General Information 

Outdoor Pursuits PreOrientation is an opportunity for you to meet other new students, make meaningful connections, build friendships and get to know the incredible recreational opportunities that Oregon has to offer before you begin your first semester at UP. 2024 

With Outdoor Pursuits PreOrientation, you will be part of a group discovering what the great outdoors and the Oregon outdoors have to offer. Each OPO course is led by qualified student instructors who will give you instruction on both the adventurous activities and your upcoming college experience. 

2024 PreOrientation- Taste of the PNW 

2024 Dates: August 20th-22nd, 2024 (Registration Begins: April 1st, 2024)

The 2024 PreOrientation Trip is going to be a fantastic 3-day adventure towards the coast of Oregon!

Day 1: Participants will meet at Outdoor Pursuits on August 20th, get to know the other participants, pack their things, and drive with trip leaders to a beautiful spot on the Oregon Coast Trail! From there, they will hike a bit of the Oregon Coast Trail and learn about the local ecosystems and take pictures near Cannon Beach and the iconic Haystack rock! Later, participants will head to Nahelem Falls Campsite, where they will spend the night next to a beautiful river- cooking under the stars and spending time around a fire. There will be an option to hike to the waterfall that evening, or for the sunrise in the morning!

Day 2: Participants will wake up, cook breakfast, and head back towards the ocean. From there, participants will have the choice to kayak or paddleboard in the ocean, or play games on the beach. Participants will head back to Nahelem Falls Campsite, and spend another night bonding and eating around a campfire.

Day 3: Participants will clean up camp, and drive back to Outdoor Pursuits. From there, they will clean up their gear, and then move into their dorms, ready to start the school year! <br><br>

Prerequisites: No previous outdoor, camping, or paddling experience is necessary, just a desire to be outside and meet new people. There will be a required pretrip meeting on Zoom on August 14th 2024 at 5:00pm. 

Exertion Level: Moderate. There will be a moderate level of exertion in the form of hiking with a day pack over uneven terrain, and the option to paddle on the ocean.

 The cost for 2024 preorientation is $120. This includes all transportation, food, equipment, and instruction for the duration of preorientation. It does not cover the cost of early move-in to the dorms. 

How to Register

If you already have a UP login you can register online by yourself at recservices.up.edu under the "PreOrientation Trips" Tab. 

If you don't already have a UP login call 503-943-8748 and office staff will be happy to register you & send a online invoice.

Financial Assistance 

  • Financial assistance is available for all trips and programs offered by Outdoor Pursuits.
  • Please email oppmail@up.edu to ask for the financial assistance application.