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Nature Bound

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Nature Bound Summer Trip

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.


SPRING 2018 Trip Schedule

What will be your next #ksuadventure?

Registration opens Monday, January 8th at 12 AM for Nature Bound Members
& Wednesday, January 17th at 6PM for non-members:
REGISTER HERE

Backpacking & Hiking 

KSU Nature Bound Trips

With KSU Nature Bound, you can hike away from your worries! We offer a variety of hiking and backpacking trips that scatter the South East and give participants a chance to enjoy the outdoors. A typical beginner-hiking trip includes a hike in and out of the woods lasting between 5 to 8 miles. A typical backpacking trip involves hiking about 5 to 10 miles in to the woods while carrying all camping gear in backpacks, spending the night camping, and hiking 5 to 10 miles out of the woods the next day. Both types of trips offer scenic views and great company! Transportation, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, and other necessary gear are always provided at no additional cost.

  • Trip Leaders:
    Seth & Tessa

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $9
    KSU Student: $12
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $17

    Trip Information:
    Enjoy a short hike with picturesque views of Cloudland canyon state park. We will be going into and around the canyon along one of Georgia's most visually beautiful trails. Panoramic views and breathtaking vistas are just some the things to look forward to on this trip.

    Ability Level:
    Beginner

  • Trip Leaders:
    Carly & Zoe

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $24
    KSU Student: $30
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $43

    Trip Information:
    This two-day trip will include an easy hike, only around 5 miles between both days. We will focus on teaching beginner's skills for backpacking. Yonah Mountain offers an amazing view form the top, where we will camp overnight. This trip will also include 2 led yoga sessions. One session will prepare us for bed, and at sunrise we will greet the day.

    Ability Level:
    Beginner / Intermediate

  • Trip Leaders:
    Carly & Tessa

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $24
    KSU Student: $30
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $43

    Trip Information:
    This two-day, one-night backpacking trip will take us around the beautiful Fall creek Falls State Park in Tennessee. Day 1 we will be hiking … miles and stop for lunch on the way. We will arrive at the campsite and set up and make dinner. The morning of day 2 we will get up and finish the loop hike at … miles. We will finish the day back at the van and head home. This trail includes over 7 waterfalls!

    Ability Level:
    Beginner: No previous experience needed

  • Veterans Outdoor Adventures. No cost for veteran students, the price listed is for faculty/staff who are veterans.

    With KSU Nature Bound, you can hike away from your worries! We offer a variety of hiking and backpacking trips that scatter the South East and give participants a chance to enjoy the outdoors. A typical beginner-hiking trip includes a hike in and out of the woods lasting between 5 to 8 miles. A typical backpacking trip involves hiking about 5 to 10 miles in to the woods while carrying all camping gear in backpacks, spending the night camping, and hiking 5 to 10 miles out of the woods the next day. Both types of trips offer scenic views and great company! Transportation, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, and other necessary gear are always provided at no additional cost.

  • Trip Leaders:
    Kyle & Carly

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $24
    KSU Student: $30
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $43

    Trip Information: 
    Get ready for an awesome adventure at Max patch. On this trip you will encounter the beautiful rolling hills of North Carolina through the historic Appalachian trail! The calm, crisp weather brings out a whole new beauty unseen to the summer eyes.

    Ability Level: 
    Intermediate: hike with difficult weather conditions / experience not needed but ideal

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  • Trip Leaders:
    Rachel and Lily

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $9
    KSU Student: $12
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $17

    Trip Information:
    Join us to experience one of Georgia’s most unique hiking destinations!! We will be hiking through the vibrantly-colored sandstone walls of Providence Canyon known as “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon”! We will have an awesome day of hiking with plenty of opportunities for picture taking!

    Ability Level:
    Beginner

Overnight Ski Trip
KSU Nature Bound Trips

With KSU Nature Bound, you can learn to shred some awesome slopes! A typical overnight ski trip includes daytime skiing on slopes that correspond with your confidence and experience level. After a fun day of exciting slopes, participants are able to relax together in a snowy cabin over a fire and a warm meal. Transportation, lodging, rentals, and other necessary gear are included.

  • Trip Leaders:
    Laura and Tristan

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $195
    KSU Student: $275
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $345

    Trip Information:
    We will be going on a weekend ski and snowboard extravaganza in the stunning North Carolina mountains! Friday will consist of travel and a big cabin dinner night (board games are welcomed and encouraged). Saturday we will spend sun-up to sun-down on the slopes; then Sunday we will shred for half of the day and head home. Get ready for a gnarly weekend!

    Ability Level:
    Beginner, no experience required.

  • Trip Leaders:
    Al and Becca

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $195
    KSU Student: $275
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $345

    Trip Information:
    Join us for a weekend full of skiing and snowboarding at Beech Mountain, North Carolina. This trip is a great way to get introduced to winter snow sports. Close by, we’re staying at Grandfather Campgrounds in some warm, cozy cabins great for hanging out and playing games.

    Ability Level:
    Beginner, no experience required.

1-Day Ski Trip

KSU Nature Bound Trips

With KSU Nature Bound, you can learn to shred some awesome slopes! A typical overnight ski trip includes daytime skiing on slopes that correspond with your confidence and experience level. Transportation, rentals and other necessary gear are included.

  • Trip Leaders:
    Laura and Rachel

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $84
    KSU Student: $105
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $150

    Trip Information:
    We will be going on a one-day ski trip to Cataloochee Mt. This is a perfect time to try skiing or snowboarding. We will be traveling to Cataloochee Mt., shred some snow, and then head home all in the same day. If you have always wanted to try it, this is your chance. Come spend an awesome day with us on the mountain.

    Ability Level:
    Beginner, no experience required.

Caving

KSU Nature Bound Trips

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

  • Trip Leaders:
    Seth & Landis

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $28
    KSU Student: $35
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $58

    Trip Information:
    Come explore one of the southeast's hidden gems, Howard's Waterfall Cave. Witness an ecological creation that you can't find above ground. Be ready to get dirty as we crawl, squeeze, and maneuver through different rooms and passages of the cave.

    Ability Level:
    Beginner

Bouldering & Climbing

KSU Nature Bound Trips

Scale to higher heights on KSU Nature Bound climbing trips! 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. Our climbing trips give patrons the opportunity to stretch out of their comfort zone in a safe and positive environment. Transportation, climbing shoes, harnesses, helmets, and other necessary equipment are always provided at no additional cost.

  • Trip Leader:
    Rachel and Lilly

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $19
    KSU Student $23
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $33

    Trip Information:
    Come hang with us at a crag with some of the best bouldering in the southeast! We will be taking a short hike to the big and bad boulders of Rocktown. We will spend our day adventuring through the woods and climbing some sick problems and still be home in time for dinner.

    Ability Level:
    Beginner to Experienced

  • Trip Leader:
    Tristan and Rachel

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $19
    KSU Student: $23
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $33

    Trip Information:
    We are going to be bouldering at one of the best climbing spots in the south, Stonefort! We are going to be learning basic bouldering technique, safety standards, and crag navigation. This will be a great opportunity to learn new skills for beginners or to test your limits for experienced climbers!

    Ability Level:
    Beginner: No experienced required.

  • Trip Dates:
    April 8th

    Trip Leader:
    Rachel

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $24
    KSU Student $30
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $43

    Registration Information:
    In-person and online registration now open. Registration closes April 4th.

    Trip Information:
    Get ready to climb some gnarly routes and feel like Spiderman along the great Ocoee river. We will be scaling up High Country Adventure’s local sandstone crag, Starr Mountain, where we will be graced with a beautiful river breeze. We will have a nice relaxing day full of sweet tope rope climbs.

    Ability Level: Beginner

Ziplining

KSU Nature Bound Trips

A zip-lining trip with KSU Nature Bound includes 3 hours of soaring through North Georgia Mountains. That trip cover suspended rope bridges, as well as zip lines. Transportation and all necessary gear are provided.

  • Trip Leader:
    Sadler

    Pricing:
    Student Veterans: No Additional Cost
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni Veterans $86

    Trip Information:
    Come with us to fly amongst the tree-tops at Historic Banning Mills! Our tour will have a variety of different sized zip-lines, all with great views and intense speed! We are going to have a day packed full of cable shredding fun including the Screaming Eagle, accredited by Guinness World Records as the Longest and Largest Zip-line Canopy Tour!

    Ability Level:
    Beginner, open to anyone!

Mountain Biking (MTB) & Bikepacking

KSU Nature Bound Trips

Roll to new destinations with KSU Nature Bound cycling trips! We offer both road bike and mountain bike trips. In a typical beginner road biking trip, we will cover no more than 15 paved miles. On a beginner mountain biking trip, we will cover no more than 5 trail miles. Transportation, bikes, helmets, and other necessary gear are always provided at no additional cost.

  • Trip Leader:
    Rachel & Matt

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $4
    KSU Student $6
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $10

    Trip Information:
    We will be going through the basics and testing out our skills on some local trails. Get ready for an afternoon ride on the trails at Allatoona Creek Park. No experience needed, this trip is perfect for beginners but all levels are welcome to join!

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed:
    Must be able to ride a bike.

  • Trip Leader:
    Al & Matt

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $4
    KSU Student $6
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $10

    Trip Information:
    We will be learning the basics and testing out our new skills on some sweet trails. Get ready for an exciting afternoon ride on the trails at Allatoona Creek Park.

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed:
    Must be able to ride a bike.

  • Trip Leader:
    Rachel and Seth

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $4
    KSU Student $6
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $10

    Trip Information:
    We will be learning the basics and testing out our new skills on some sweet trails. Get ready for an exciting afternoon ride on the trails at Allatoona Creek Park.

    Difficulty Rating/Experience needed:
    Must be able to ride a bike.

  • Trip Leaders:
    Al & Becca

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $24
    KSU Student: $30
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $43

    Trip Information:
    Join us in a unique 2-day bikepacking experience on the Silver Comet Trail. Participants will be packing what they will need for two days and bike a total of 24 miles.

    Ability Level:
    Beginner-Intermediate. Must be able to ride a bike.

Spring Break | Beach Trip

KSU Nature Bound Trips

Prepare for some gnarly swells during a relaxing Spring Break at Hunting Island! Come with us as we take on the East Coast Atlantic, as we surf on paddleboards, enjoy the beach, and camp on South Carolina's sunny shoreline. On this 4-day journey of relaxing in the sun, getting pitted on some waves, and sleeping under the stars, you are sure to make lasting memories (or at least some next-level s'mores)!

This trip is open to first time paddle boarders. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to paddle while sitting, kneeling or standing on flat water before they head to the surf.

Included in the trip cost is transportation, instruction, paddling gear, camping gear, and most meals. You will need to bring snacks and snacks, lunches, clothing, and personal hygiene items.

  • Trip Leaders:
    Kyle and Tristan

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $78
    KSU Student: $98
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $140

    Trip Information:
    Prepare for some gnarly swells during a relaxing Spring Break at Hunting Island! Come with us to surf on paddleboards, enjoy the beach, and camp on South Carolina's sunny shoreline. On this 4 day journey of relaxing in the sun, getting pitted on some waves, and sleeping under the stars. You are sure to make lasting memories (or at least some next-level s'mores)! This trip is open to first time paddleboarders. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to paddle while sitting, kneeling or standing on flat water before they head to the surf. Included in the trip cost are transportation, instruction, paddling gear, camping gear, and most meals. You will need to bring snacks and lunches, clothing, and personal hygiene items.

    Ability Level:
    Beginner

Whitewater Rafting

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 river paddling trip includes no more than 3 miles of paddling in class one rapids in either a canoe or kayak. A stand up paddle board trip involves a relaxed paddle around a small distance of a body of flat water. Transportation, boats, paddles, and other necessary equipment are always provided at no additional cost.

  • Trip Leaders:
    Lily & Zoe

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $29
    KSU Student $36
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $52

    Trip Information:
    White Water Rafting! Need I say more! Come explore with Nature Bound for the day as we raft the middle section of the beautiful Ocoee river in Tennessee! This trip is perfect for all levels of rafters and adventure seekers, as professional raft guides will lead us down the Ocoee!

    Ability Level:
    First Timer/No Paddling Experience Required.

  • Veterans Outdoor Adventures. No cost for veteran students, the price listed is for faculty/staff who are veterans.

    Trip Date:
    April 16

    Registration:
    This trip is for US military veterans only. Patrons must show their military ID as well as KSU ID upon in-person registration at Outdoor Adventures (SRAC 1050). The cost of the trip is covered by Veterans Services and Nature Bound.

    Trip Information:
    We will be paddling an epic section of the Chattahoochee River! We will paddle up to class 2 rapids. Be ready to spend a full day on the river with a pit stop for a picnic right off the river.

    Ability Level: Beginner

Kayaking, Standup Paddleboarding, Kayak/Canoe & Camp

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 river paddling trip includes no more than 3 miles of paddling in class one rapids in either a canoe or kayak. A stand up paddle board trip involves a relaxed paddle around a small distance of a body of flat water. Transportation, boats, paddles, and other necessary equipment are always provided at no additional cost.

  • Trip Leaders:
    Becca & Jimmy

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $19
    KSU Student $23
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $33

    Trip Information:
    This section of the Chattahoochee is the perfect introduction to river paddling! We will be putting in right outside the I-285 perimeter and paddling down 3.5 miles full of beautiful scenery and fresh air. There will be up to Class II rapids, but this section mostly consists of Class I. If you are a beginner, don’t worry, this river will be gentle on you!

    Ability Level:
    Beginner - Introduction to River Kayaking

  • Trip Leaders:
    Laura & Tessa

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $19
    KSU Student $23
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $33

    Trip Information:
    We will be paddling an epic section of the Cartecay River! We will paddle through up to class 2+ rapids. Be ready to spend a full day on the river with a pit stop for a picnic along the bank.

    Ability Level:
    Intermediate - Previous kayaking experience recommended 

  • Trip Date:
    April 14th

    Trip Leader:
    Max

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $19
    KSU Student $23
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $33

    Registration Information:
    Priority Registration begins January 8 for all Nature Bound members. Priority registration must take place in person at the Outdoor Adventures Suite (SRAC 1050). Online registration will begin January 17.

    Trip Information:
    We will be paddling an epic section of the Cartecay River! We will paddle through up to class 2+ rapids. Be ready to spend a full day on the river with a pit stop for a picnic along the bank.

    Ability Level: Beginner - No paddling experience necessary!

    Pre-trip Meeting:
    Pre-trip meeting on April 11th at 6:00pm at the Kennesaw campus pool in the Rec center (bring a swimsuit)

  • Trip Date:
    April 16

    Registration:
    This trip is for US military veterans only. Patrons must show their military ID as well as KSU ID upon in-person registration at Outdoor Adventures (SRAC 1050). The cost of the trip is covered by Veterans Services and Nature Bound.

    Trip Information:
    We will be paddling an epic section of the Chattahoochee River! We will paddle up to class 2 rapids. Be ready to spend a full day on the river with a pit stop for a picnic right off the river.

    Ability Level: Beginner

  • Trip Dates:
    April 16th

    Trip Leader:
    Becca & Carly

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $9
    KSU Student $12
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $17

    Registration Information:
    Registration closes April 16th at 12pm.

    Ability Level: First Timer, no paddling experience required.

  • Trip Leaders:
    Laura & Tessa

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member: $36
    KSU Student: $45
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $65

    Registration Information:
    Priority Registration begins January 8th for all Nature Bound members. Priority registration must take place in person at the Outdoor Adventures Suite (SRAC 1050). Online registration will begin January 17th.

    Trip Information:
    A weekend filled with river canoeing fun, exploration, and adventure at the beautiful Toccoa river. This is a great trip for any and all who are beginners or intermediate paddlers looking for an exciting but relaxing weekend on the water. We will pack all camping gear in our canoes and take it with us down the river. We’ll camp Saturday night and keep paddling Sunday.

    Ability Level: Beginner.

    Mandatory Pre-trip Meeting:
    Wednesday April 18 @6:00pm in BaseCamp

  • Trip Dates:
    April 29th

    Trip Leader:
    Kyle and Seth

    Pricing:
    Nature Bound Member $9
    KSU Student $12
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $17

    Registration Information:
    Registration closes April 25th at 5pm.

    Trip Information:
    We will be going to Lake Acworth for a relaxing evening of stand up paddle boarding! We will go over basic strokes, body position, and even some awesome tricks before sunset. This will be a great beginner trip filled with instruction and fun all in killer atmosphere. After dark, we invite you to just relax and look up at the full moon sky!

    Ability Level: First Timer, no paddling experience required.

  • Join us on a 6-day trip to the beautiful Lake Jocassee for relaxing kayaking and camping. Lake Jocassee came out of an old Cherokee word that means “place of the lost one” and originated out of an old Cherokee Legend. The Lake is nestled in the Appalachian Mountains and has been called “South Carolina's little Switzerland”. We will be camping out under the stars at Devils Fork State Park in South Carolina and on the beautiful banks of the river. Come see breath-taking waterfalls that litter the shores of the Lake. This trip is a beautiful chance to relax, learn some skills, and a nice get away from classes.

    This trip is open to first time kayakers. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to paddle, re-enter their kayak, and many camping skills as well. Be prepared to paddle an average of 3-4 miles per day. There will be options for individuals to kayak more if they choose.

    Included in the trip cost are transportation, instruction, kayaking gear, camping gear, and most meals. You will need to bring snacks and lunches, clothing, and personal hygiene items.

    Prices: $120/ $150/ $225

  • Must be a current member of Sports & Rec, or current member of Outdoor Adventures.*
  • Transportation and gear is provided for all trips and included in the trip price.
  • Nature Bound Membership available for current students only: $25/semester

#ksuadventures

Past Nature Bound Trips | Spring 2017

  • Make your purchase at the SRAC in the Outdoor Adventures Suite, #1050 via cash or check. The membership 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. Memberships are not required to attend trips.

    Nature Bound Membership includes:

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