Workshops, Clinics & Trips

Workshops, clinics, and trips are open to all currently enrolled students, faculty and staff, and the campus community unless otherwise noted below.  Participants must bring SandDollar ID to all workshops and sign waiver (if applicable). Preregistration may be required for some events.

This Semester Overnight Trips

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Previous Trips

Mustang Island State Park Beach Clean-up

Come support our state parks with a group effort to help pick up trash from Mustang’s beach. Due to heavy trade and fishing activities in the Gulf of Mexico, the people who work on our beaches are in a constant, uphill battle with garbage that finds its way to our shores.  Do your part and help us make Mustang Island State Park a clean vacation destination.

McGloin Ranch Kayak/Paddleboarding

If you’ve never gotten to navigate the snaking Nueces River, then here is your chance! For this day trip you have a choice of using a Kayak or Paddleboard to make your way down the 6+ mile stretch of river that is teaming with all sorts of wildlife. McGloin Ranch is beautiful established camping area that guarantees you Whitetail, Turkey, and sometimes even hog sightings.

Colorado Bend State Park Camping

Colorado Bend State Park offers some of the best the Hill Country has to offer. Good news for some of you who use white noise apps to help you sleep; we will be camping right on the Colorado River! We will be hiking to Gorman Falls, a spring-fed waterfall, to listen to its relaxing sounds and witness its unique travertine formations. And that’s not all, we will also be hiking to a set of spring-fed pools as well to spend the day laying out and kicking back!

Goose Island State Park Invasive Species Removal

Goose Island is a beautiful park that has some interesting history and a great location on the St. Charles Bay. They are in need of a group of students willing to put in a few good hours of work to help remove certain invasive species from the park. Food and drinks will be provided by our program as a thank you for helping us make TAMUCC known as an environmentally conscious university.

Disc Golf at Live Oak Park 

Disc golf is a simple, low-impact sport that is as competitive as you want to make it. We will play a round or two at Ingleside’s lovely Live Oak Park. Once everyone has satisfied their disc-lust, we plan on having a small grilling party for any participants that want to stick around.  

Sunrise/Sunset Yoga at Enchanted Rock

This trip combines 3 of what we consider to be the best outdoor experiences: Sunsets and sunrises, night hiking, and unique geological formations. And who doesn’t want to have a yoga session on top of a massive lava dome? 

National Seashore Beach Clean-up

The National Park Service safeguards over 70 miles of coastline.  They lack the staff necessary to keep all of this beautiful stretch of beach clean.  That is where our students and staff here at TAMUCC can really help out and make sure the Third Coast stays one of the top vacation destinations in the U.S. 

Natural Bridge Caverns Exploration

The Natural Bridge Caverns are one of the largest cavern systems in Texas.  If you’ve never gotten the chance to visit this place and don’t typically have a lot of time on the weekends, then this is perfect for you.  This trip will take place in the course of a single day where after the 3-4 hour tour we will have you back in time for dinner. 

Intro to kayaking

Have you ever wanted to learn how to kayak or paddleboard, or just wanted to improve your skills?  Come out to the local water hole to kick back and paddle with us for the day.  

Kickapoo

Kickapoo Cavern State Park is home to 20 known caves, among them the famous Kickapoo Cavern, a 1400 foot-long cave, and the Stuart Bat Cave from which we will witness vast numbers of Mexican Free-Tailed bats emerge.  If you're looking for a fun, unique trip to get you out of the house, then come out with us April 13th-15th!

Paddling the nueces

The Paddle the Nueces trip is a great way to hone your paddle skills, or for more advanced paddlers to relax and enjoy the beauty of this winding river.  You’ll get to experience 7+ miles of riparian wildlife as you weave in and out of fallen trees and natural features.  This trip always ends with a classic cookout, some fun games, and of course a campfire to burn the midnight oil.  Give some serious thought on whether or not this trip is worth missing!  Come be adventurous with us April 20th- 22nd!

Guadalupe river

Guadalupe River State Park contains 4 miles of gorgeous river that has carved out large limestone cliffs and given rise to towering Bald Cypress trees.  We will take a guided, interpretive tour of Honey Creek State Natural Area, a pristine section of park that is only open during a guided tour once a week.  Between swimming in the river, hiking backcountry trails, and spending some time in truly untouched Hill Country, this trip has it all.  Spend a weekend with the Outdoor Adventures crew April 27th-29th!

 

Day Hikes (Outdoor Happy Hour)

Paddling the nueces

The Paddle the Nueces trip is a great way to hone your paddle skills, or for more advanced paddlers to relax and enjoy the beauty of this winding river. You’ll get to experience 9 miles of riparian wildlife as you weave in and out of fallen trees and natural features. Come be adventurous with us!

Disc Golf

Disc golf is a simple, low-impact sport that is as competitive as you want to make it. We will play a round or two at Corpus’s West Guth Park. Once everyone has satisfied their disc-lust, we’ll be hanging out at the park playing other games.

Windsurfing at PINS 

The Southern Gulf Coast of Texas is revered for its windsurfing potential. Come try your hand at the invigorating sport of windsurfing in waters of the stunning Padre Island National Seashore. The lesson will include 1 hour of instruction and 2 hours of free practice after which we will spend the remainder of the day playing games and enjoying the beach.

Oso wetlands hike

If you've never been to this 162-acre beauty, then it's about time you get out and see what Corpus Christi has to offer! This preserve has 2 miles of hiking trails and far more nature than you can notice and appreciate in a single visit. Come out and walk these trails with us on Cinco de Mayo! If you would like to bring your four-legged friend and spice up their exercise routine, there are trails available to them as well!

Birding trip

Out of 338 bird species that migrate from North to Central and South America, 333 of them pass through Texas, and South Texas is their final stop before crossing the Gulf of Mexico. People travel from all over the world to South Texas just to get a chance to go birding. During migration season, Goose Island State Park is home to the magnificent but endangered Whooping Crane, the tallest bird in North America. If you have never had the opportunity to see this striking creature standing at ~5ft tall with a 7.5ft wingspan, then here is your chance to experience something that birders the world across come here to see.

 

Taming the Wild

Taming the Wild is a four-week progressive course in wilderness living skills with an optional camping trip to top it all off. During this course, you will learn basic wilderness skills such as how to choose/reserve campsites and how to set up camp, how to safely plan hikes, how and what to cook in the outdoors, and we'll end it with a crash course in how to backpack. There are two price points for this course depending on which you choose to participate in:

1. All four weeks of the course = $15

2. All four weeks of the course + a camping trip to Government Canyon SNA = $50

This course will take place every Thursday in October from 5:30pm-7pm. The camping trip will take place from October 26-28th. This class is an incredible opportunity to refresh your knowledge of the outdoors or if you're interested in the outdoors and want to see what it takes to enjoy it safely. Come out and let us show you how Outdoor Adventures gets down and dirty in the outdoors!

For information and registeration for this trip please email Cole Castleberry at cole.castleberry@tamucc.edu