Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor Adventure at Montclair State University gives our campus community new opportunities to explore the beauty and splendor of New Jersey, and the surrounding areas. We offer a wide range of trips including: canoeing, hiking, camping, and tubing. Space is limited, and registration begins the first day of classes each semester. If you want to go at your own pace, we will also be offering an equipment rental program exclusively for Montclair State University students. The equipment will include all the necessities for a great outdoor experience, and to be enjoyed at your pace, on your schedule. If you have any questions, ideas, or would like to see other programs in this new area of Campus Recreation, feel free to get in contact with Alex Sperling at sperlinga@mail.montclair.edu!

Outdoor Adventure needs your feedback! We would like to hear what you think of the program now and what trips you might like to see in the future. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey so we can improve our programming.

In light of September 21st's events, we wanted to remind everyone who participates in Outdoor Adventure trips through the SRC or engages in outdoor activities on their own to practice bear safety when out enjoying the wilderness. A few things to be aware of:

  • Never feed or approach a bear!

  • Remain calm if you encounter a bear.

  • Make the bear aware of your presence by speaking in an assertive voice, singing, clapping your hands, or making other noises.

  • Avoid direct eye contact, which may be perceived by a bear as a challenge. Never run from a bear. Instead, slowly back away.

  • Black bear attacks are extremely rare. If a black bear does attack, fight back

You can find more safety tips for bear encounters here. Our deepest sympathies go out to the friends and family of the victims.

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus. Please exercise CAUTION when going outdoors in the coming months. Below is further information and safety recommendations from the CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html)

What we know

Steps to prevent mosquito bites

When traveling to countries where Zika virus or other viruses spread by mosquitoes are found, take the following steps:
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
    • Always follow the product label instructions.
    • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
    • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
    • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.