Nature Bound

KSU Outdoor Adventures Nature Bound Trips

Nature Bound is an outdoor recreation program at Kennesaw State University that provides outdoor pursuits for the KSU community. Nature Bound offers both recreational and educational opportunities for everyone – novice to expert. Nature Bound is founded on the principles of experiential learning to develop knowledge, leadership, and community.

What will be your next #ksuadventure? 

 

Spring 2021

  • Join Outdoor Adventures for a fun bike ride from the Kennesaw Campus on the Noonday Creek Trail! We will visit a nearby coffee shop on each ride and have the option to ride straight back to campus as well. During the 1 hour ride, plan to ride 6-8 miles on paved surface. For the 3 hour ride, we may ride up to 18-22 miles depending on how the group feels. 
    No bike? No problem! We will meet at Outdoor Adventures where bikes and helmets will be provided for those who reserve one in advance. Outdoor Adventures is located inside the Student Recreation and Activities Center on the Kennesaw Campus.

    Register at mysportsrec.kennesaw.edu

    Location: Noonday Creek Trail, Meet at Outdoor Adventures 

    • Date
      Time
    • March 9
      10am-1pm
    • March 17
      12pm-1pm
    • March 23
      11am-12pm
    • March 24
      10am-1pm
    • March 30
      10am-1pm
    • March 31
      12pm-1pm
    • April 7
      12pm-1pm
    • April 13
      9am-12pm
    • April 14
      12pm-1pm
    • April 17
      10am-1pm
    • April 19
      8am-9am
    • April 21
      11:30am-2:30pm
    • April 22
      10am-11am
    • April 28
      9am-10am
    • April 29
      9am-12pm

    Price: None (Sports & Rec Member) / $5 (Non-member, Campus Affiliate) 

  • Join Outdoor Adventures for a fun bike ride from the Kennesaw Campus on the Noonday Creek Trail! We will ride up the monster climb to the top of Kennesaw Mountain! For an extra challenge, repeat the climb! We plan to ride up to 20 miles during the ride. 
    No bike? No problem! We will meet at Outdoor Adventures where bikes and helmets will be provided for those who reserve one in advance. Outdoor Adventures is located inside the Student Recreation and Activities Center on the Kennesaw Campus.

    Register at mysportsrec.kennesaw.edu 

    Location: Noonday Creek Trail, Meet at Outdoor Adventures 

    • Date
      Time
    • April 6
      8am-11am
    • April 20
      8am-11am

    Price: None (Sports and Rec Member)  / $5 (Non-member, Campus Affiliate) 

  • Join Outdoor Adventures for an intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding! We will provide paddleboards and instruction. Meet us at the Student Recreation and Activities Center pool on the Kennesaw Campus. 

    Register at mysportsrec.kennesaw.edu

    Location: Student Recreation and Activities Center Pool

    • Date
      Time
    • March 19
      11am-1pm
    • April 2
      11am-1pm
    • April 9
      11am-1pm
    • April 16
      11am-1pm
    • April 23
      11am-1pm

    Price: None (Sports and Rec Member) / $5 (Non-member, Campus Affiliate) 


Nature Bound participates in many of the activities listed below:

Paddling

KSU Nature Bound Trips

KSU Nature Bound gives participants the chance to paddle through the waters of adventure! We offer a variety of water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and stand up paddle boarding. A typical beginner paddling trip includes no more than 3 miles of paddling on flat water in either a canoe or kayak. Transportation, boats, paddles, and other necessary equipment are always provided at no additional cost.

Hiking & Backpacking

Hiking and Backpacking
A typical beginner hiking trip includes a hike in and out of the woods lasting between 5 - 8 miles. A typical backpacking trip involves hiking about 5 - 10 miles into the woods while carrying all camping gear in backpacks, spending the night camping, and hiking 5 - 10 miles out of the woods the next day. Both types of trips offer scenic views and great company!

Climbing

Rock Climbing

We offer two types of climbing - bouldering and top roping. Bouldering consists of free climbing shorter heights or boulders without the use of a rope or harness.
Top Rope Climbing involves climbing taller rock structures while connected to a rope and harness that is fed through an anchor and attached to a belayer on the ground.

Caving

A caving trip involves a few hours of guided crawls through caves while learning about rock formations and the history of the cave. Transportation and all necessary gear are provided. 

  • Must be a current Sports and Recreation Member, or current member of Outdoor Adventures.*
  • Nature Bound Priority Program available for current students only: $25/semester

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Past Nature Bound Trips | Spring 2017

 

  • Make your purchase at the Student Recreation and Activities Center in the Outdoor Adventures Suite, #1050 with K-Cash. The program cost is $25 per semester and gives you an opportunity to pursue more #ksuadventures annually. In a semesters time, this membership pays for itself as you attend more and more trips. Being part of the Nature Bound Priority Program is not required to attend trips.


    Nature Bound Priority Program includes:

    • Nature Bound t-shirt,
    • priority trip registration,
    • 20% off equipment gear rental &
    • an additional 20% off the student trip price.

 Frequently Asked Questions

  • Current KSU students, faculty, staff and active alumni are eligible to register and go on Nature Bound trips. We are unable to allow those who are not affiliated Kennesaw State University to attend our trips.

  • Registration for trips is located in the Outdoor Adventures Suite located in room 1050 of the Student Recreation and Activities Center. For online registration, visit our Sports and Recreation Member Portal.

  • Participants of the priority program receive great benefits including: priority registration, discounts on outdoor gear rental, discounts on Nature Bound trips, and a t-shirt. The cost is $25 per semester and are great for those planning several trips or a more expensive trip.

  • Joining the Nature Bound Priority Program can happen at any time! You can also purchase the program at the time of registration. Just ask the attendant at the Outdoor Adventures Desk.

  • Payments are due at the time of registration in full, with the exception of trips with a deposit. Currently, we are only able to accept payments in the form of cash, check or K-Cash for in-person registrations so please come prepared! Credit cards are accepted only if the registration is processed online.
  • There are no regular meetings for Nature Bound Priority Program participants. However, if you register for an overnight trip there will be a mandatory pre-trip meeting which typically occurs on Wednesday nights the week of the trip.
  • Only on rare occasions will refunds be given. In the case of a trip being canceled, every participant will receive a refund. Participants may also get a refund if they find an eligible replacement to take their place on a trip. (i.e. someone on the waiting list). A refund packet must be completed by the participant and turned into the Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator within 2 weeks of the canceled trip. Once the Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator receives all forms, a check will be mailed to the participant’s home within two weeks.
  • Each trip is different, but usually included in the trip price is transportation, activity specific gear, vendor/guide for the activity, trip leader service and some food. For more details about a specific trip feel free to contact us!
  • Pre-trip meetings are the Trip Leader’s opportunity to provide relevant information concerning the trip to all participants. Trip Leaders should use this opportunity to have participants’ complete paperwork, give trip specific information, review safety protocols, check gear, and establish time deadlines. Trip Leaders should be confident that participants know and understand the dangers/risks associated with a specific trip at the end of this meeting. Pre-trip meetings are mandatory for all participants. If a participant doesn’t attend a pre-trip meeting and does not contact and meet with the Trip Leader prior to the pre-trip meeting s/he will not be allowed to attend the trip and will not receive a refund.
  • No way! All of our trips are geared toward beginners, but they are also great for those already involved in the activity as well. Trips that are for those more experienced will be noted that way.
  • Yes! For more information and to apply, visit our student employment webpage!
  • Trip leaders are current KSU students with a passion for the outdoors. Trip Leaders plan all aspects of the trip and are here to answer your questions. Contact information for your trip leaders is given on each information sheet once you register for the trip.
  • No, all current students, faculty, staff, and active alumni are able to attend the trips. However, those in the priority program receive extra benefits.
  • There are a limited amount of spots on each trip. They are filled on a first come, first served basis. Trips that are not completely full will end the Wednesday before the trip.

 

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