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Kickback: A relaxing trip with minimal physical labor involved. These activities require a low level of physical difficulty and generally offer optional levels of participation/exertion.

Moderate: Your muscles may ache but nothing too hardcore.  These activities can require a moderate amount of physical exertion and/or commitment. Participation can be mandatory, once an activity has begun, in order to return to the point of origin.

Burly: Prepare to face a mental and physical challenge.  These activities require a high degree of physical exertion that may be sustained over the course of a day or days. These activities may take place in remote areas over ex-tended periods of time.

While we proactively address and manage risk as much as possible, all ODP trips will have some degree of risk involved.  We do our best to educate our participants on the specific risks of each trip or activity so they can make informed decisions about what risks they are willing to accept.  Each participant is required to submit an Acknowledgement of Risk and Waiver form as well as a Medical Questionnaire prior to taking part in a trip.  Safety is always our first priority. 

ODP trips are designed to fit the needs of participants of all skill levels.  For beginners, all the skills you need for the trip will be taught on the trip.  Those with more experience can always find new ways to challenge themselves, refine their skill set or take on leadership opportunities within the group.   

We will provide all the technical gear you’ll need for any of our water and climbing trips. For our backpacking trips you are responsible for providing your own backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, clothing, and personal items. If you don’t own these items you can rent them at an extremely low cost from the Outdoor Resource Center. Your leaders will give you an exact list of what trip specific things you should bring at your pre-trip meeting.

All of our prices include experienced instructors, campground permits, maps, food (on multi day trips), group gear such as stoves, water filters, tents, first aid and cook kits. Trip fees also include the price of group transportation and gas expenses so there are no hidden costs!   

ODP’s student leaders are some of the most adventurous, fun loving individuals you’ll find at Sonoma State. Trip Leaders are trained in CPR and Wilderness First-Aid at a minimum, however many hold higher certifications in wilderness medicine.  Trip leaders with appropriate experience are chosen based on the technical, physical, and intellectual demands of each trip.  Occasionally, we will do trips with a high degree of risk and technical ability required.  We often utilize professional outdoor outfitters and instructors to supplement our student leaders.  The unique expertise, leadership style, and approach of each trip leader will help cultivate a memorable experience for all. Often trip leaders emerge and come to us because of an amazing experience they had on one of our trips as a participant! 

To maintain the viability of our program, we cannot give refunds unless the trip is canceled by ODP. On occasion we are forced to cancel trips due to inclement weather or low enrollment. If you have already paid for a trip but cannot attend we recommend you sell the trip spot to someone else. The ODP office staff is willing to help you in this process. 

Come to the Outdoor Resource Center during office hours located on the 1st floor of the Recreation Center or call us at (707) 664-DIRT.  You can also sign up at the Rec Center front desk anytime.  Trips can be paid for with cash, check or credit card and are sold on a first-come-first-served basis. Sign up early to ensure your spot!

Participants are expected to refrain from any drug, alcohol or tobacco use on all ODP trips. All participants must attend a pre-determined pre-trip meeting to meet trip leaders, discuss trip logistics and fill out a waiver and medical form.
*The PRE TRIP MEETING IS MANDATORY.

Have an idea for an amazing outdoor adventure?  We can help plan, facilitate and even lead a customized trip. Whether you are an academic class, organized club, athletic team, community group, or simply a group of friends, we can work with you to plan an unforgettable experience!  Please note: Contact us at least 3 weeks in advance of your proposed trip date so that we have adequate time to plan.  The longer lead time you give us the more options we have.