Supplemental Outdoor Experiences

Reed’s Supplemental Outdoor Experiences offer you a chance to see some of the spectacular areas just outside of Portland, meet other students, and enjoy an outdoor adventure before classes begin.

Questions?, reach out to Will Symms

Gear Up

Supplemental Outdoor Experiences bring small groups of eight to ten students to a variety of areas around the Portland metro area and into the rivers, oceans, mountains in the Pacific Northwest. We will offer one day excursions from campus to explore areas via foot, Stand Up Paddle Board, Surf Board, Climbing Shoes and much, much more. Teams of student leaders and/or outdoor professionals lead the trips; all are trained in outdoor leadership, first aid, and CPR.

Please note: Reed College reserves the right to alter or cancel trips based on conditions or situations outside the control of the college. These conditions include but are not limited to low registration, wildfire risk, and low water conditions. If Reed offers an alternative trip, participants will be contacted to opt-in to the new activity. If Reed must cancel a trip in its entirety, the college will notify participants and student accounts will not be charged.

Contact: Will Symms, assistant director of athletics, fitness, & outdoor programs, 503-777-7232.

Important Dates

Friday, August 30
6–8 p.m. Check-in to meet your group at Trillium Res Hall Area (where you checked in on campus)
Saturday, August 31
7–10 a.m. Trips depart Reed TBD
4–7 p.m. Trips return to Reed TBD
Sunday, September 1
4 p.m. Overnight trip returns 4 p.m.

Trip Descriptions

When you sign up for an Outdoor Experience, we will charge your student account after the trip has completed. This fee is refundable if you are unable to attend and notify us before Saturday, August 10.

Stand Up Paddle Board the Willamette River
$100 Paddle Board through the heart of downtown Portland and explore this majestic river setting. Food carts and fun are guaranteed to etch some memories as you start the year.
4- T Urban Hike, Food Carts and Coffee
$50 Wanna stay closer to home and adventure your way Portland's urban jungle? This trip will offer time on the Trail, Tram, Train and Trolley (4-T) plus some stops for legendary food carts and coffee.
Art Adventure–Art Museum and Paint Your Own Portrait Tour
$125 We have hired a local artist to come to Reed (or local venue) so you can learn and practice your nature painting skills to show off to all your new friends. After the painting session, we can stop by the Portland Art Museum so you can see some real art and marvel at how hard painting can really be. Finish off the tour with some good food at local food cart.
Yoga, Coffee and Ceramics Session
$125 New to a city, need your zen fix after a long week? Join our crew for a yoga session, coffee haus tour and session at a local ceramic studio for some artisitic respite.
Washington Park Hike and Food Cart tour
$50 Washington park houses many iconic treasures of Portland including Hoyt Arboretum, Pittock Mansion and the Japanese Gardens. This hiking tour will include some great food stops as well as some good mileage checking out these special places in Portland on foot.
Rafting the Santiam River
$175 Paddle your way through the west side of Mt. Jefferson on the Santiam River! This is a full day rafting journey with a professional contracted company. Hit some class 2/3+waves while cooling off in the heat of Oregon.
Reed Ski Cabin OVERNIGHT Experience
$125 Be the first of your class to visit the Reed Ski Cabin on the flanks of Mt. Hood. This adventure is an overnight excursion with day hikes to Ramona Falls, tours of Timberline lodge and a chairlift ride up to the highest point on the mountain. Here you will have some spectacular views of your new home in the Pacific Northwest.
Local Climbing Walls Tour and Food Carts
$85 Check out a couple of local climbing gyms in the Heart of PDX. This metro driven tour will take you to some great local gyms called the Circuit and Portland Rock Gym. Here we will pull some plastic and have some fun running routes both bouldering and top-roping. Bouldering in the morning followed by some top rope routes after lunch. You will be sore, fed and well socialized in your local climbing crags when you fall asleep.
Surfing the Oregon Coast OVERNIGHT

This overnight trip will have us camping Saturday night in beautiful Pacific City, OR. We will do some excellent surfing on the Pacific Ocean Saturday, followed tons of food and adventurous hikes on the way back to Reed Sunday. No experience needed and professional surfing guides and gear included.


To sign up for an Outdoor Trip, complete the application. Registration begins on June 1 and is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis; materials must be received by July 15.

Please be honest when answering questions about your outdoor experience. Trips are designed for all skill and experience levels, so don't worry if you've never climbed Denali or hiked the length of the Appalachian Trail.

Gearing Up for Your Outdoor Trip

Most trips all you need is a willing heart for adventure and fun. These day excursions will be much more enjoyable with some basic gear to keep you on the trail for success. Gear can be rented from our Backpack Co-Op for no charge the day before we leave on our trip.

All Trips

  • Good all around closed toe shoe
  • Small day pack for water and snacks
  • Layer to keep you warm and dry
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Water Trips

  • Small Towel
  • Change of clothes
  • Layer to keep you warm and dry
  • Swim suit

Overnight Ski Cabin and Surf Trip

  • Small Towel
  • Multiple change of clothes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal medications
  • Personal snacks