Student Trips and Events

Student Trips and Events

The Outdoor Center is committed to providing the Georgia College student body with fun opportunities to get connected to nature through adventure trips and outdoor workshops. Whether you're a nature novice, or an outdoor enthusiast, the Outdoor Center trips and workshops are an exciting way to get outdoors.

George L Smith State Park Outdoor Center Trip
Spring 2021 Events



February 6, 2021  |  West Campus  |  10 a.m. - Noon  |  Cost: Free
Get out of your dorm room and get outside! We'll start at the IM field parking lot and day hike the trails right here on/around West Campus. Sign up with a friend or meet new friends along the trail.  SIGN UP for HIKE GCSU


February 27, 2021  |  Bartram Forest  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  Cost: $10
Participants in this morning hike will meet up with OC staff at Bartram Forest. Bartram is just a short drive from campus and one of Milledgeville's best hiking locations. Bring your own water and snacks and we'll provide the guide!


March 20, 2021  |  Bartram Forest  |  9 a.m. - Noon  |  Cost: $10
Join us for a second trip out to Bartram forest to explore a different route. Missed our first trip? No problem! We'll make sure you know all you'll need to have a great morning hiking this Milledgeville favorite. 
SIGN UP for one or both of the BARTRAM FOREST HIKES


March 27, 2021  |  Oconee Greenway  |  9 a.m. - Noon  |  Cost: Free
During this combination event you'll have the opportunity to day hike the Greenway trails while giving-back to nature by picking up garbage/debris along the way.  Beginner friendly trails allow participants to safely socialize along the way.  Trash bags, work gloves and other supplies are provided. SIGN UP for CLEANWAY AT THE GREENWAY



February 20, 2021  |  Main Campus  |  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  |  Cost: $5
Spend the afternoon with the Outdoor Center for this fun and informative workshop, right on main campus! Includes hands-on camping basics including setting up tents, bear bags, water filtration and more!! Great way to tryout camping skills before you commit to a summer backpacking trip through the Georgia wilderness with your suitemates. SIGN UP for CAMPING 101


March 13, 2021  |  East Campus  |  9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  |  Cost: $5
Try your hand at skills you've seen on popular survival shows, brush up on your Eagle Scout knowledge or just enjoy learning something new! Participants in this OC workshop will get hands-on experience with basic fire and debris shelter techniques at Georgia College's East Campus.  SIGN UP for FIRE & SHELTER BUILDING WORKSHOP

scavenger hunt


March 17, 2021  |  Main Campus  |  5 p.m. - 7 p.m.  |  Cost: Free

Don't miss the fun! Participants will start on main campus, be given a set of clues and submit answers via text messages before time runs out. It's free to participate and a great safe, socially distanced way to meet new people or hang out with friends. Prior registration is required.  SIGN UP for NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT



April 7, 2021  |  Rocky Creek @ Lake Sinclair  |  5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  |  Cost: $15

The Outdoor Center staff will meet participants at Rocky Creek on Lake Sinclair for this Beginner-Friendly outdoor experience. All you need to do is show up! We take care of the rest. You'll have the opportunity to learn and practice canoeing/kayaking basics in a fun and safe environment. Great opportunity to get to know new friends better or hang with your besties while learning a skill you'll have forever. SIGN UP for ROCKY CREEK CANOE PADDLE


April 17, 2021  |  Rocky Creek @ Lake Sinclair  |  9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  |  Cost: $15

This is the second of our combination events, mixing fun outdoor activity with giving back to the environment! OC staff and participants will meet at the Rocky Creek boat ramp and paddle out to Aviation Island on Lake Sinclair. We'll be leaving the island better than we found it when we paddle back! The Outdoor Center provides all the equipment you'll need for canoeing/kayaking as well as for the clean-up. Appropriate for beginners to advanced canoers/kayakers. SIGN UP for AVIATION ISLAND CLEAN-UP CANOE TRIP


April 26, 2021  |  Rocky Creek @ Lake Sinclair  |  8 p.m. - 11 p.m.  |  Cost: $15

The Moonlight Paddle is a can't-miss favorite! Participants and staff meet at Rocky Creek boat ramp and paddle around Lake Sinclair under the light of the moon. This is a great event for participants of earlier canoe/kayak trips, students wanting to hang with friends before the end of semester, or newbies looking for a great evening under the stars. SIGN UP for MOONLIGHT PADDLE

OC Events Quick List

EVENT NAME Event Date Location Cost Sign Up By
Hike GCSU 2/6/21 West Campus  Free 2/3/21
Camping 101 Workshop 2/20/21 Main Campus $5 2/20/21
Bartram Forest Day Hike #1 2/27/21 Bartram Forest $10 2/24/21
Fire & Shelter Workshop 3/13/21 East Campus $5 3/12/21
Nature Scavenger Hunt 3/17/21 Main Campus Free 3/17/21
Bartram Forest Day Hike #2 3/20/21 Bartram Forest $10 3/18/21
Cleanway at the Greenway 3/27/21 Oconee River Greenway Free 3/24/21
Rocky Creek Canoe Paddle 4/7/21

Lake Sinclair

$15 4/5/21
Aviation Island Cleanup Canoe Trip 4/17/21 Lake Sinclair $15 4/14/21
Moonlight Paddle 4/26/21 Lake Sinclair $15 4/21/21



Outdoor Center programing is subject to change without notice.

Preparing for an Outdoor Center Event

Welcome to the Outdoor Center! We're so glad you're here. 

Interested in an Outdoor Center event?  

Email: with your name, contact information and the name of the event or trip you are interested in, You will receive additional event/trip details, a personal gear list and detailed steps on how to register and pay (if applicable).

Already signed up? That's great!  Send us a quick email with your contact information! We'll be in touch soon.

 Covid-19 Update:

Due to Covid-19 mitigation efforts participants are responsible for:

  1. Their own travel to and from OC programs, events, trips, etc..
  2. Bringing their own food, snacks, water, etc..

Clothing, Footwear and Gear:

As a general rule, participants will need to wear their own closed toe shoes and adequate clothing for all trips and workshops. The OC will provide participants with a list of program specific clothing, footwear and gear needs before each trip. 

The Outdoor Center will provide all group gear participants will need (canoes, life jackets, tents, stoves, etc..). The OC also has a long list of personal gear that participants can borrow while on an OC trip (rain gear, sleeping bags, backpacks, water bottles, etc..)

Pre-Trip Meetings:

Many OC programs include a "Pre-Trip Meeting". Pre-trip meetings are an important part of our programming and help to ensure participants the best possible outdoor experience. At a pre-trip meeting you will be able to meet the OC staff and other program participants, go over the required gear list, discuss trip logistics and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Meeting participants ahead of time also allows the OC staff to adjust any route or lesson plans to best suit the participants. If you cannot attend a scheduled pre-trip meeting, please let us know ASAP so we can schedule a make-up meeting!


Participant safety is our first priority. Our staff is dedicated to the physical and emotional well being of all participants. Trip specific safety information will be included in your pre-trip meeting. Please let us know if you have any specific questions or concerns.

All Outdoor Center programs are tobacco, alcohol and drug/substance free.