Fall 2018 SOAR Trips and Outdoor Skill Clinics

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Trip Schedule: SOAR Trips are scheduled adventures experiences connecting PSU students to the great outdoors via outdoor adventure activities. No participant experience is necessary. Trips are led and instructed by volunteer PSU students who promote a respect for the environment and a love for the outdoors. Trips can be day and/or overnight(s) involving activities such as rock climbing, paddling, hiking/camping, snowshoeing and backcountry skiing.

NOTE: SOAR programs are available only to current PSU students, faculty and staffs.

FALL 2018 SOAR TRIPS and OUTDOOR SKILL CLINICS

Fall Semester SOAR Trip and outdoor skill clinics led by the SOAR instructors are open to all students, faculty and staff at no cost. Request more information or to reserve a spot, email us at PSU-OUTDOOR-CENTER@plymouth.edu or give us a call (603)535-2622. Please RSVP at least 24 hours in advance to a SOAR Trip or Outdoor Skill Clininc. If you call after hours please just leave your name, number, what clinic you are interested in we will put you on the list.

Dates

Trip Descriptions

 

Saturday

October 6

Canoeing at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Difficulty: 2/5

Join SOAR on a day trip to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. Rachel Carson is best known for awakening the American people to the dangers of certain pesticides. She is a legend of environmentalism. Learn about Carson’s life and significance at this NPS site in Maine. The day will be spent paddling around the waterways of the preserve and birding with our experienced leaders.

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Sunday

October 7

Forest Bathing at the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site

Difficulty: 1/5

Explore the Saint Gaudens National Historic Site, a sculpture gallery in Cornish NH, on this day trip offered by SOAR. Tour the interpretive exhibits and learn about Saint-Gaudens and his work. Get inspired by the sculptures and reflect during a forest bathing session afterwards. Finish the day by creating some of your own artwork!

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Friday to Sunday

October 12 to 14

Rock Climbing and Geology at Acadia National Park

Difficulty: 3/5

Spend a weekend with SOAR rock climbing on the world-famous cliffs of Acadia National Park. Camping, transportation and food are all provided in this FREE, all inclusive trip. Climbing and camping gear is provided by the Outdoor Center. Enjoy three days of rock climbing at the many crags of Acadia, including rock faces above the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. After a long day on the rock, return to camp to make dinner and sit around the campfire.

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Sunday

October 21

Primitive Skills and Fire Making

Difficulty: 2/5

Go back in time and learn about primitive skills and technologies in this day of bushcraft activities. Come prepared to spend the day outside, building primitive fires, making shelters and practicing outdoor living skills.

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Saturday

October 27

Canoeing on Squam Lake with a Lunch on Church Island

Difficulty: 2/5

Join SOAR for a day on the water. The local Squam Lake is a great place for any level paddler. Start the morning practicing basic strokes and then head to one of the many scenic islands for a picnic lunch. After some well-deserved relaxation, paddle back to shore refreshed and ready for another week of school.

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Sunday

October 28

Natural History Walk with Wild Edibles

Difficulty: 1/5

Take a hike and learn about your surroundings on this Natural History Hike with SOAR. Our experienced leaders will take you through a natural history lesson of your surroundings, including introducing you to some wild edibles. The forest is full of interesting life with amazing features and properties. Come learn all about it on a mellow hike to connect with your surroundings.

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Level 1       An easy or stationary activity with no skill or experience required.
Level 2       An easy to moderate activity with no skill or experience required, and a limited amount of physical exertion.
Level 3       A moderately difficult activity with extended periods of physical exertion.
Level 4       A difficult activity with a high level of physical exertion. Be prepared to spend a majority of the day outdoors.
Level 5       A challenging activity with continuous physical exertion. Be prepared to spend a full day in the outdoors. Previous experience will be helpful. A pre-trip meeting will likely be required.