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Outdoor Adventures

About Outdoor Adventures


Outdoor Adventures has been introducing Cougars to the outdoors since 2011. We offer opportunities to meet new people, see new places, and have new and diverse experiences. Whether you have hiked before or are just now becoming curious about outdoor recreation, our trips are for CSUSM students wanting to explore. Our goal for all Outdoor Adventure trips is to build group unity through a cooperative effort by appreciating a wilderness adventure and creating friendships. We challenge students and ourselves to break away from the day-to-day routines. You can choose from day trips, to weekend trips, and to extended week-long excursions that vary in outdoor activities.

Our trips are led by CSUSM student guides, many of whom have acquired extensive wilderness training and enjoy sharing their love and avidity for the outdoors with others! So take the plunge and join in on the adventures!

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Leave No Trace Principles


The CSUSM Campus REC Outdoor Adventure department abides by the Leave No Trace principles. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibility. Our shared vision is to sustain healthy, vibrant natural lands for all people to enjoy, now and into the future. Every person who ventures outside puts Leave No trace practices into action.

To learn more, visit the Leave No Trace website.
Enjoy your world. Leave No Trace.


OA Volunteer Program

CSUSM Outdoor Adventures welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds and skill levels. The purpose of this volunteer program is to give students who are interested in the outdoor adventure program, the opportunity to develop interpersonal and leadership skills while building relationships with Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Adventure team.

This program is designed to give volunteers insight into the ways Outdoor Adventures plans and facilitates event programming. In this program you will find ample opportunity to gain the skills and experience necessary to help lead adventure trips.  We ask but one thing: a personal commitment from you that entails a dedication of time, energy, and resources toward developing your leadership skills. The success of any adventure depends upon the leadership of its guides. You can make the commitment within yourself and apply self-motivation to push through any obstacle.

If you are interested in applying to this volunteer program please email the Outdoor Adventure team We will be accepting volunteers for Fall 2019.