Winter Break Trips

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The Winter Break Trips are currently FULL. You can still be added to the Wait List by emailing OutdoorPrograms@kzoo.edu.

We’re heading to the southeast U.S. in December 2021!

Join us for one of three trips:

  • Coastal Sea Kayaking at Tybee Island in Georgia – Dec 5 – 13, 2021
    • Explore the coastal waters of Georgia, sleep on islands and sandy beaches, and learn some new paddling skills. Some paddling experience recommended for this 5-day, 4-night paddling trip.
  • Wilderness Canoeing in Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge in Georgia – Dec 5 – 13, 2021
    • Paddle through the swamps and cypress trees of Okfenokee alongside gators. Sleep on raised platforms on the river on this 5-day, 4-night water adventure.
  • Rock Climbing and Day Hikes in South Carolina and Tennessee – Dec 5 – 13, 2021
    • Days will be filled with toprope climbing, bouldering, and day hikes to mountain overlooks and beautiful waterfalls. The trip will include climbing and hiking at Big Rock Mountain in South Carolina and near Chattanooga, TN. Car/base camping and indoor sleeping spaces available.

Additional information:

  • Once the trip starts, all transportation, camping fees, permits, food, group and personal equipment, etc. is covered by the program.
  • If you are starting and ending the trip with us at Kalamazoo College, the transportation via van to the trip site is included in the trip cost.
  • If flying to join the trip, students should plan to fly to the southeast NOT to Kalamazoo (flight prices are NOT included in the trip cost). Students flying are required to meet with the Outdoor Programs Directors prior to purchasing tickets in order to purchase flights to the correct airport and during a time and day where drivers can pick you up. Further information will be provided for students who register for the trips.
  • The program will provide all group equipment, including activity equipment (climbing shoes/harness/helmets, PFDs/boats/paddles, etc), tents, stoves. Personal items, including a backpack, sleeping pad, sleeping bag and some other items (such as rain gear, hiking boots, etc.) can be checked out from the Gear Room at no additional cost.
  • Online registration for the trips will be announced ahead of time. There will be limited spots for each trip. After registering, students will be required to pay the trip cost by 5 pm the next day to secure their spot on the trip. A waiting list will be created – if someone who is registered cancels, the spot will be opened to the individuals on the waiting list in the order the waiting list requests were received.
  • Trip itineraries below are subject to change.
  • Cost: $70 due by 5pm the business day after registration, by cash, check, or credit.

Registration Information

  • Registration will open on Tuesday, October 19th at 7 pm. It is first come, first serve.
  • You will receive confirmation from the Outdoor Programs Directors of what trip you are signed up for within a day of submitting the registration form. Please note that due to high interest, you may not end up on your first choice trip and you may end up on a waiting list for a trip.
  • Because you fill out the registration form does not guarantee you a spot on a trip. You will receive confirmation if you are on a trip or on a waiting list.
  • If you receive confirmation that you are on a trip, you will have until 5 pm the next day to complete the $70 payment in order to confirm your spot on the trip.
  • If a spot opens on a trip, it will be offered to people on the waiting list in the order that they have registered.

Trip Itinerary: Coastal Sea Kayaking – Tybee Island, GA

December 5 – 13
12/5: Meet at Kalamazoo College campus, Drive to Cloudland Canyon State Park, GA, and camp there with other winter break trip groups
12/6: Drive to Tybee Island, GA
12/7 – 12/11: Paddle Tybee Island, camp on islands off the coast of Georgia
12/12: Return to Cloudland Canyon State Park, GA, and camp there with other winter break trip groups
12/13: Drive back to K College campus
*Students will NOT have access to dorms before or after the trip.

Trip Itinerary: Canoeing at Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge, GA

December 5 – 13
12/5: Meet at Kalamazoo College campus, Drive to Cloudland Canyon State Park, GA and camp there with other winter break trip groups
12/6: Drive to Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge, GA
12/7 – 12/11: Exploring the swamps of Okefenokee, paddling past gators, paddling through rivers and cypress, camping on platforms at night 
12/12: Return to Cloudland Canyon State Park, GA, camp there with other winter break trip groups 
12/13: Drive back to K College
*Students will NOT have access to dorms before or after the trip.

Trip Itinerary: Rock Climbing and Day Hikes in South Carolina and Tennessee

December 5 – 13
12/5: Meet at Kalamazoo College campus, Drive to Cloudland Canyon State Park, GA and camp there with other winter break trip groups
12/6 – 12/10: Days will be a mix of toprope rock climbing, bouldering, day-hikes, and exploring the surrounding area of Big Rock Mountain, South Carolina, A mix of camping and indoor bunkhouse options available for the evenings
12/10 – 12/12: Drive to Cloudland Canyon State Park and explore the hikes and rock climbing near Chattanooga, TN
12/12: Other winter break trip groups will join you at Cloudland Canyon State Park, GA
12/13: Drive back to K College 
*Students will NOT have access to dorms before or after the trip.

Trip questions can be sent to OutdoorPrograms@kzoo.edu