2018-19 Outdoor Adventure Series

For CSB/SJU/OSB Faculty & Staff

canoe to the chapel

Join Outdoor U and Health at Work for a new Outdoor Adventure Series for faculty and staff, held one Friday each month. Get outside, get active, and get to know the beautiful Abbey Arboretum!

Did You Know? Outdoor U memberships make events like these possible. Become an Outdoor U member today to help us continue to offer a variety of outdoor and environmental education programming.

Outdoor Adventure #1: Canoe to the Chapel

Friday, September 7
12:00-12:45 p.m.
Meet at Lake Sagatagan Beach

Outdoor U will provide canoes, life jackets, paddles and instruction.

Outdoor Adventure #2: Plants: A Botanical Adventure

Friday, October 5
12:00-12:45 p.m.
Meet at the Abbey Bell Banner

Join us for a one-mile plant hike led by biology professor, Dr. Stephen Saupe.

Outdoor Adventure #3: Frolf the Abbey Arboretum

Friday, November 2
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Meet at Hole 1: top of the hill overlooking East Gemini Lake, near athletic dome

Learn more about disc golf: a fun, active and inexpensive outdoor hobby. Saint John's Abbey Run Disc Golf Course

Outdoor Adventure #4: Indoor Rock Climbing

Friday, December 14
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Meet at the climbing wall on the lower level of the Palaestra (by the racquetball courts).

*Outdoor U recognizes that this outdoor adventure is in fact indoors.

Dress in comfortable/casual clothes. Wear tennis shoes and/or bring socks if interested in borrowing climbing shoes.

Outdoor Adventure #5: Ski the Abbey Arboretum

Friday, January 11
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Meet at the Old Entrance Road gates (past the Prep School)

No experience necessary. An assortment of skis, boots, and poles will be provided. Or bring your own if you have some!

Outdoor Adventure #6: Snowshoe the Abbey Arboretum

Friday, February 8
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Meet at the Abbey Bell Banner

No experience necessary. Dress warm and bring your own snow boots or hiking boots. We will provide the snowshoes! 

Outdoor Adventure #7: Maple Syrup Tour in the Abbey Arboretum

Friday, March 22
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Meet at the Abbey Bell Banner

We'll head out to tour the sugar shack and learn about the Saint John's Maple Syrup operation during this month's adventure. It is still very muddy and snowy out there so boots are highly recommended.

Outdoor Adventure #8: Boardwalk Tour - Birding & Burns

Friday, May 10
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Meet at Abbey Bell Banner for a ride; otherwise meet at Prairie Kiosk

We'll hike the 1.5 mile Boardwalk Loop and watch for birds during the spring migration.We'll also discuss fire ecology and the way we use prescribed burns to manage the prairie and oak savanna landscape. Bring binoculars if you have them; Outdoor U has some pairs to share.