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San Antonio, TX 78251
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3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 486-4000
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About Outdoor Pursuits (OP)

OP offers a collection of diverse, creative, outdoor experiential education adventures.  We will strive to get students outside, interact, disconnect, belong, release stress, and to explore the beautiful South Texas areas, from San Antonio’s small parks to the surrounding Hill Country. OP will provide outdoor and social experiences emphasizing environmental awareness, outdoor education, challenge, personal development, managed risk, a sense of community, and fun!

Every adventure is unique, but you can always expect that an OP trip will:

  • Provide an opportunity to develop new skills
  • Enhance appreciation of the wilderness
  • Teach how to adapt to new and challenging situations
  • Provide a change from "the everyday" routine
  • Create opportunities to build relationships

Some OP events will require you to leave a deposit in order to hold your spot.  Deposits will be returned to those who attend the event.  We can accept cash (please bring correct change) or check only.  

Please contact Kelly Blanco for information about this program.
 

Upcoming Activities

 

Spring Break Trip - Big Bend National Park River Trip - March 7th-11th

Do YOU want to do something for Spring Break?  Something a little on the wild side?  Something that brings you back to basics - no cell phones, iPads, traffic or lots of people?   Something that sort of tests you?

If you said yes to all of these then join NVC and Far Flung Outdoor Adventures for

3 days – 2 nights on the river of Big Bend National Park.  Float, paddle, swim, hike, explore, relax, and learn!

Cost    

$150 per person (can be broken into three payments)

Transportation, gear, and all meals are included! (must provide own sleeping bag and pad, can be rented).

Time of departure and return    

TBA

Skill level   

  Intermediate.  For more specifics about skill requirement, please click here.

Other Requirements  

  • You must be a currently enrolled NVC student in good standing
  • You must attend an Orientation to Camping that will be hosted at our local REI

To sign up and for more information, contact  

Kelly Blanco

kblanco@alamo.edu 

210-486-4010

Kayaking - Friday, Feb 21, 2014

Kayak down the sparsely inhabited stretch of the Guadalupe River.  This reach of the Guadalupe River is lined with an abundance of mature trees and a spectacular mix of limestone cliffs and shelves.  The water levels are low and makes for a great beginner paddle!


Skill level
Beginner - Experienced

Time
Depart campus at 8am, arrive back around 5pm. Transportation is provided.

Suggestions on what to bring:
Day pack, minimum 2 liters of water, sack lunch and snacks, sun protection, water shoes or shoes you don’t mind getting wet. 

Cost  

FREE. A $20 deposit is required to hold you spot. The deposit will be returned to those that attend the trip.

To sign up
Sign- up in HH 109. You must be a current NVC student to participate.  A $20 deposit will be required to hold your spot. The deposit will be returned for those you attend the event.


Contact  

Kelly Blanco kblanco@alamo.edu 

486-4010

Rock Climbing 101- Enchanted Rock Park - Friday, March 21, 2014

Climb with us at Enchanted Rock State Park!

Classes are designed for those seeking high adventure! We’ll show you how to rock climb the summit with less risk and teach you skills that enable you to meet all future challenges with confidence. Rock Climbing tours build trust between individuals to become cohesive teams as they learn to belay each other and cheer each other on to high success.

No experience necessary! Rock-About’s system of guiding and coaching aids new and seasoned climbers toward complete success on the rock and future outdoor adventures.

Transportation and all equipment are provided.

Skill level
Beginner - Experienced


Time
Depart campus at 6am, arrive back around 7pm


Suggestions on what to bring:
Day pack, minimum 2 liters of water, sack lunch and snacks, sun protection, hiking boots or athletic shoes, camera, and dress in layers.

Cost  

FREE. A $20 deposit is required to hold you spot. The deposit will be returned to those that attend the trip.


To sign up
Sign- up begins Feb 17th in HH 109. You must be a current NVC student to participate.  A $20 deposit will be required to hold your spot. The deposit will be returned for those you attend the event.


Contact  

Kelly Blanco kblanco@alamo.edu 

486-4010

Hiking – Enchanted Rock Park - Friday, March 21, 2014

Join us for a hike at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is north of Fredericksburg in the heart of the Hill Country where there are sharp rock formations and steep hills covered with live oaks, but none that compare to this granite monolith. The park is a favorite playground for rock climbers, backpackers, and even sedentary tourists who don't mind a lung-expanding walk up the dome for a look at mile after mile of rural Texas. You'll be startled by the bird's-eye view as you head up Enchanted Rock. Miles away from the sights of civilization, you're seeing Central Texas almost as it was hundreds of years ago. excerpt from Great Outdoors.com

Time 

We will depart campus at 6:00am and return back at around 7pm. Transportation is provided.

Skill level 

Intermediate

Suggestions on what to bring:  

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat for shade, water, lunch, snacks, and hiking boots or tennis shoes.

Cost  

FREE.  A $20 deposit is required to hold you spot. The deposit will be returned to those that attend the trip.

To sign up 

Sign ups will begin on Feb 17th at the HH Fitness Center Desk.   Contact 

210-486-4612 nvc-recsports@alamo.edu

Horseback riding & more - Day at the Ranch - Friday, April 4, 2014

Horseback riding & more - Day at the Ranch 

Friday, April 4, 2014 

Spend the day horseback riding, swimming, eating, listening to Cowboy stories, and a hay ride! It's a great way to relax. Bring your bathing suit and jump in the outdoor pool to cool off, or our indoor pool, which is heated in the cooler months. There is also a deck-covered outdoor jacuzzi to soothe sore muscles. And, there is a great play room with fun and games for kids of all ages. We will end the day around the campfire, roasting marshmallows!

What’s included:  

  • 2 Meals (lunch at noon, and dinner at 6 pm)
  • 2 Trail rides
  • Games on horseback in the arena
  • Learn to throw a lasso
  • Outdoor & Indoor heated pool for swimming
  • Western entertainment
  • Help feed the longhorn cattle
  • Hot Tub
  • Hay wagon ride (learn to drive the Belgian team)
  • Campfire and roasting marshmallows

Time  

We will depart campus at 9am – return around 9pm.  I have room to  transport 7 students. The remaining students must provide their own transportation. Carpooling is encouraged.

Suggestions on what to bring:  

Camera, bathing suit, towel, change of clothes, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat for shade, snacks.

Cost  

FREE. A $20 deposit is required to hold you spot. The deposit will be returned to those that attend the trip.

To sign up  

Sign up begins March 3rd  in HH 109.  You must be a current NVC student to participate.

A $20 deposit will be required to hold your spot. The deposit will be returned for those you attend the event.

Contact  

Kelly Blanco kblanco@alamo.edu  

Zip Lining in Spicewood, TX - Friday, April 4, 2014

Join NVC and Cypress Valley Canopy Tours® for a thrilling eco-adventure, where you fly through the canopy of old growth cypress trees, some up to 100 feet tall. A new world unfolds as you glide on steel zip lines from platform to platform high in the treetops. Join us and renew your experience of nature on our exhilarating.

Your CYPRESS VALLEY CANOPY TOUR includes two sky bridges and 5 zip-lines; the longest is over 350 feet, and most launch and land in platforms up to 40 feet high in the trees and lasts from 90 minutes to two hours. At the first platform your guides will help you acclimate to the heights and point out some of the things you'll be seeing on your tour. Then you and your guides are free to fly through the canopy taking in the beauty and exhilaration of soaring through the trees. Most guests exit the course by rappelling off the last platform; however, an alternate exit is available for those not inclined to venture down the rappel.  After your adventure you are taken back to where you began in an electric cart.

Skill level
Beginner


Time
Depart campus at 8am, arrive back around 6pm.  Transportation is provided.


Suggestions on what to bring:
Day pack, minimum 2 liters of water, sack lunch and snacks, sun protection, hiking boots or athletic shoes, camera, and dress in layers. Bring a swim suit for a possible dip in the lake afterwards.

Cost  

FREE. A $20 deposit is required to hold you spot. The deposit will be returned to those that attend the trip.


To sign up
Sign- up begins March 3rd in HH 109. You must be a current NVC student to participate.  A $20 deposit will be required to hold your spot. The deposit will be returned for those you attend the event.


Contact  

Ruben Sanchez

486-4090

 

Sea World behind the Scenes -Friday, April 11, 2014

This is a 90 minute walking in-depth tour, an insider’s perspective on SeaWorld®. Learn how animals are cared for both here at the park and out in the field while you soak up some rare opportunities of your own, like feeding stingrays and touching a shark. After the tour you will have the whole day to experience and explore the park grounds! 

Cost  

FREE. A $20 deposit is required to hold you spot. The deposit will be returned to those that attend the trip.

Sign up: 

Sign up begins March 17th in HH 109.  You must be a current NVC student to participate.

A $20 deposit will be required to hold your spot. The deposit will be returned for those you attend the event.

Time and Departure: 

We will meet at Sea World, Time is TBA

Skill Level: 

No skill level required but be prepared to walk throughout the park.

Contact 

Monica Guerrero

mguerrero151@alamo.edu 

486-4613

 

Penguin Interaction - March 26, 2014

Immerse yourself in the penguin’s environment during this 1 hour program. Following an educational briefing from one of our aviculturists, you will visit behind the scenes at Penguin Encounter, put on parkas and boots and enter the penguins’ 35 degree home. While on the snow, you will meet, greet, touch and participate in a penguin feeding.

Cost   

FREE. A $20 deposit is required to hold you spot. The deposit will be returned to those that attend the trip.

Sign up: 

Sign up will be in March 3rd in HH-109 You must be a current NVC student to participate.

A $20 deposit will be required to hold your spot. The deposit will be returned for those you attend the event.

Time and Departure: 

Wednesday, March 26, 21014. We will meet at Sea World at 10:30am. Interaction begins at 11am, do not be late.

Skill Level: 

No skill level required.

Contact 

Monica Guerrero

mguerrero151@alamo.edu 

486-4613

Location

Student Life Center

Huisache Hall, room 109

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

8am - 5pm

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Contacts

Marie Morgan, Director of Student Life
(210) 486-4009
mmorgan66@alamo.edu 

Kelly Blanco, Coordinator
(210) 486-4010
kblanco@alamo.edu 

Monica Guerrero, Senior Specialist
(210) 486-4613
mguerrero151@alamo.edu 

Kim Pinder, Office Supervisor
(210) 486-4004
kpinder@alamo.edu