Welcome to Outdoor Adventures!

Students at sunset

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!


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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


Los Padres Backpacking Adventure (2 Days, 1 night)

  • Friday, February  26, 2016 - Saturday, February 27, 2016
  • Pre Trip Meeting Date: Tuesday, February 9 or Wednesday, February 10
  • Rating: Island Fox
  • Register Now! (Registration Starts January 15, 2016)
    • Students: $35
    • Dolphin Passport Members: $150

Throughout the weekend participants will enjoy the changing scenery while backpacking through the Los Padres Forest while practicing backing techniques such as navigation, cooking and leave no trace.  



 Santa Cruz Island - Del Norte Backpacking (3 Days, 2 nights)

  • Friday, April  1, 2016 - Sunday, April 3, 2016
  • Pre Trip Meeting Date: Tuesday, March 15 or Wednesday, March 16
  • Rating: Golden Eagle
  • Register Now! (Registration Starts January 15, 2016)
    • Students: $50
    • Dolphin Passport Members: $165

Spend the weekend on Santa Cruz Island hiking from Prisoners Harbor  to Scorpion Anchorage.  Del Norte is  the only backcountry campground on Santa Cruz Island. It is nestled in a shaded oak grove and provides scenic views of the pristine coastline along the island. There will be a 3.5 mile hike the first day to the Del Norte campground and an additional 11 mile hike to Scorpion Anchorage the following day.  This camping trip will be very strenuous as you will be caring everything with you.  Throughout the weekend you will be exposed to island history, leave no trace principles and working together as a team to achieve daily goals.   



Kern River Rafting Adventure (2 Days, 1 nights)

  • Friday, April  15, 2016 - Saturday, April 16, 2016
  • Pre Trip Meeting Date: Tuesday, April 5 or Wednesday, April 6
  • Rating: Island Fox
  • Register Now! (Registration Starts January 15, 2016)
    • Students: $85
    • Dolphin Passport Members: $200

Spend the day on the Kern River!  We will drive up Friday, spend the night and the next day run the famous Kern river.  The one-day Upper Kern rafting trip offers the best road-accessible class III-IV rafting in California. There will be a number of different sections of the Upper Kern River. Throughout the weekend you will be exposed to leave no trace principles, introduction to rafting and natural history.  


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