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Welcome to Outdoor Adventures!

Outdoor Adventures is a program committed to bring you a challenge. Whether it be mentally or physically, our classes and trips are bound to push you to your limits! We utilize natures resources, and experienced leaders to provide you with the best experience possible! Check out our dates for upcoming events. We hope to see you soon!



The Outdoor Adventure Program at CSU Channel Islands is primarily for students, faculty and staff. Guests and Community Members may not take part in outdoor adventure trips (OAT’s). CI identification is required to register for and attend all outdoor adventure trips (oat’s). Registration must be done online. Pre-registration is mandatory for all overnight trips as space is limited, but drop-ins are more than welcome to all workshops.

*Priority is given to students over Dolphin passport members when registering for these trips.


All of our trips are suitable for the first time beginner unless otherwise stated. Whether a participant has friends already going on a trip or they plan on making new ones our trips are for anyone looking for some adventure. Below is the intensity scale which will help participants judge how physically demanding each trip will be.

  • Scrub Jay – An easy relaxing trip with minimum physical stamina required
  • Island Fox – A trip that requires the participants to be physically active, but nothing too intense
  • Golden Eagle – A trip that will get the participant’s blood pumping and breathing hard, they must have physical stamina


All Outdoor leaders have personal backgrounds in the specific outdoor activity that they lead. Each leader must have a minimum of First Aid and CPR certification. Our OAT Leaders can help participants learn proper outdoor skills for any adventure. Trip location, equipment and instruction are all organized by our OA Leaders, so if you have any questions, please call us at 805-437-8902 or e-mail us at campusrecreation@csuci.edu


All of the overnight OAT’s have a mandatory pre-trip meeting. This will consist of meeting everyone that will be going on the same trip, meeting the OAT Leaders and planning trip logistics such as location considerations, equipment needs and food (if provided). The meetings will be held in SUB2023B on the second floor of the Student Union. Dates and other information regarding the pre-trip meetings will be sent via e-mail as the trip approaches.

*Pre-trip meetings are MANDATORY! If for some reason you cannot make it to the specified date and time, please contact one of the OA Leaders so you can meet individually to receive the information. Call us at 805-427-8902 or e-mail us at campusrecreation@csuci.edu


Participants will need to provide their own transportation for all outdoor adventure trips. Carpooling helps keep the cost of trips down. Transportation arrangements are the responsibility of the participants.


Each trip is different in its unique way and personal gear will vary depending on which trip you are interested in. Either during the pre-trip meeting, or on the registration page, you will find a general list of all gear you will need for a trip. These lists are very specific so that you may have a fun and enjoyable time. Even though we live in California and our climate is perfect, you never know when it might get cold or start to rain. The main goal is to be comfortable and happy by being well prepared. Don’t worry if you don’t have everything on the list because you can always borrow from our rental program. If at any point you have questions your trip leaders can help or you can call the Rec Center at 805-437-8902 or e-mail us at campusrecreation@csuci.edu

DAY TRIPS - Fall 2016

Malibu Creek

  • Sunday, October 16 from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
  • Departure location: Malibu Creek Trailhead
  • Rating: Scrub Jay
  • Register Now!
    • Students/Dolphin Passport Members: $FREE
    • Community Members: $15

 Malibu Creek is located in the Santa Monica Mountain Range.  The trail is an easy 1.5 mile hike up to a historic TV set where the introduction of M.A.S.H. was filmed. Coming back down from the High Road Trail the group will venture to another trail that will lead to Malibu Creek's Rock Pool, less than a mile, where the group can swim , rest and refresh themselves in the water while enjoying the view of the wilderness and nature.

Solstice Canyon Trail

  • Sunday, October 23 from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
  • Departure location: Sage Parking Lot
  • Rating: Island Fox
  • Register Now!
    • Students/Dolphin Passport Members: $FREE
    • Community Members: $15

Solstice Canyon Trail is located in the city of Malibu in the Santa Monica Mountain Range and is fairly easy to walk through. The hike includes a walk through the remains of historical houses and a small hidden waterfall behind it. Further out, at the end of the Sostomo Trail, the group will hike up the Dear Valley Loop Hiking trail which is of moderate difficulty. The Deer Valley Loop leads to a peak in the mountain range with a beautiful view you won't want to miss.


Los Padres Adventure (3 Days, 2 nights)

  • Friday, September  16, 2016 - Sunday, September 18, 2016
  • Rating: Island Fox
  • Register Now!
    • Students: $25
    • Dolphin Passport Members: $150

We will be driving up to our campsite and hiking and explore the Los Padres National Forest in the beautiful Santa Ynez area during this adventurous weekend.  


 Santa Barbara Camping and Rock Climbing (3 Days, 2 nights)

  • Friday, September  30, 2016 - Sunday, October 2, 2016
  • Pre Trip Meeting Date: Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30p.m. in the Recreation Center.  
  • Rating: Golden Eagle
  • Register Now! This trip is full
    • Students: $50
    • Dolphin Passport Members: $165

Spend the weekend camping in Santa Barbara and on Saturday we will be rock climbing!  A thorough introduction to rock craft with the emphasis on safety and fun. The trip begins with “ground school” focusing on equipment, knots, anchors and belaying. Your guide will offer hands-on teaching of climbing techniques, communication signals and terminology.  The sites we use offer top-rope protected rock climbs up to 80 feet, with a variety of levels available. The day will be spent covering the absolute essentials for safely climbing steep rock and is a valuable course for those wishing to continue the sport. Classes are taught on low-angle, moderate rock suitable for novices.


  • Equipment List for Trip (Will be updated on August 5)

Santa Rosa Island Camping (3 Days, 2 nights)

  • Friday, November  4, 2016 - Sunday, November 6, 2016
  • Pre Trip Meeting Date: Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30p.m. in the Recreation Center.
  • Rating: Island Fox
  • Register Now!
    • Students: $75
    • Dolphin Passport Members: $200

Come join us for a full weekend of adventure! Leaving early Friday morning, we set sail from Ventura Harbor for Santa Rosa Island.  Upon arrival we set up camp and start our adventure.  The Island is a State Park, and completely uninhabited.  From sunrise to sunset, you will be submerged into nature at its best. 


  • Equipment List for Trip (Will be updated on August 5)

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