Outdoor recreation is a way for students, staff and faculty to find adventure, explore new areas at the local and national level, in addition to learning skills needed to engage with nature across all seasons. Join an Outdoor Adventure trip, participate in team building events and more.

Adventure-Based Counseling Series

The Adventure-Based Counseling Series is designed to build leadership and relationship skills, self-esteem, communication, trust, respect and responsibility. Facilitated through multiple teams within the Barnes Center, including Recreation, Counseling and Health Promotion, this series is a hybrid of adventure-based activities and experiential processing to foster personal growth.

Adventure Trips 

Explore the outdoors in new and exciting ways. If this is your first time using the Wellness Portal, please visit the Wellness Portal webpage for detailed instructions.

Register on the Wellness Portal today!

Program fees vary per activity, ranging from free to $200, as well as varying based on undergraduate or graduate student status. Most are within the free to $45 range. Complete details are available in the Wellness Portal.

Explore Central New York in the fall, the perfect time for apple picking! Join us at Abbott Farms, a local orchard. Pick some apples, navigate the corn maze, take a wagon ride, fire the apple cannon, have your face painted and feed the farm animals.

Register and view full details in the Wellness Portal. If this is your first time using the Wellness Portal, please visit the Wellness Portal webpage for detailed instructions.

Explore Central New York scenery through our Day Hiking Series! You'll explore CNY forests, lakes, overlooks and more. With a variety of hiking trips for all skill levels, you and your friends are sure to have a great day of adventure!  Trips may vary.

Register and view full details in the Wellness Portal. If this is your first time using the Wellness Portal, please visit the Wellness Portal webpage for detailed instructions.

Beginner Hiking

  • Beaver Lake Nature Center
  • Clark Reservation
  • Green Lakes State Park
  • Pratts Falls

Intermediate Hiking

  • Morgan Hill State Forest
  • Shackam and Spruce Pond

Advanced Hiking

  • High Tor Blue Trail
  • Mariposa State Forest
  • Danby State Forest

Explore Central New York and experience the natural beauty of Highland Forest! Join us for a guided horseback ride and hike through the trails.

Register and view full details in the Wellness Portal. If this is your first time using the Wellness Portal, please visit the Wellness Portal webpage for detailed instructions.

Explore Lake Placid, New York and experience the Olympic Center, home of the 1982 Winter Olympics. Join us for a day of all things Winter Olympics! Ride the Olympic bobsled and skeleton, tour various Olympic venues and ride on the Cloudsplitter Gondola to the top of Whiteface Mountain. This program is funded in part by the Syracuse University Undergraduate Co-Curricular Fee.

Register and view full details in the Wellness Portal. If this is your first time using the Wellness Portal, please visit the Wellness Portal webpage for detailed instructions.

Explore the Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Center at Drumlins Country Club. Join us for guided, moon-lit cross country skiing through the snow.

Register and view full details in the Wellness Portal. If this is your first time using the Wellness Portal, please visit the Wellness Portal webpage for detailed instructions.

Explore the Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Center at Drumlins Country Club. Join us for a guided, moon-lit hike through the snow.

Register and view full details in the Wellness Portal. If this is your first time using the Wellness Portal, please visit the Wellness Portal webpage for detailed instructions.

Explore Central New York with a trip to Greek Peak's Outdoor Adventure Center! On this trip, you'll be able to zip down the zip line and speed down the gravity-fed mountain coaster.

Register and view full details in the Wellness Portal. If this is your first time using the Wellness Portal, please visit the Wellness Portal webpage for detailed instructions.

Explore Central New York and take the slopes of Labrador Mountain! Join us on Friday or Saturday nights for this six-week program where you can learn to ski or snowboard or brush up on your current skills.

Participants register for the full six-week program and must select either Fridays or Saturdays. Register and view full details in the Wellness Portal. If this is your first time using the Wellness Portal, please visit the Wellness Portal webpage for detailed instructions.

Outdoor Education Center and Challenge Course

Located on South Campus, the Outdoor Education Center and Challenge Course offers groups a variety of unique team building programs. Our facilitation staff will work with your group to help establish, build and maintain healthy relationships, trust and camaraderie; while engaging participants in active reflection throughout custom tailored programs.

When in season, the Challenge Course is available seven days a week by reservation only. Please note, that the Challenge Course closes from Nov. 15 through April 15.

High Elements Course

Our High Element Challenge Course is designed to allow participants the opportunity to develop and utilize trust and communication while creating strong team bonds as they move through a variety of elements as a group. This course features elements ranging from 25 to 40 feet in the air as well as a dual zip-line.

In addition to the Odyssey Course, we have a Dynamic element course.

  • The leap of faith element involves a participant climbing to the top of a telephone pole and leaping in an attempt to ring a bell secured to a tether. During their climb and “leap” from the top of the pole, participants are secured with climbing ropes which are attached to 6 participants below them, on the ground, who not only work together to support them during their climb, but also work in tandem with our staff to secure them on their descent.
  • For the dynamic elements, participants will climb a pole to the element, then they will traverse the element using only the provided ropes. They will be secured to a staff member on the ground, who will belay them down after completing the element. Teammates can cheer them on and help them problem solve as they traverse the elements.

Low Elements Course

Our Low Element Course consists of a series of ground activities and initiatives that are designed to promote team building and group development. Your team will work together to accomplish various tasks that require building and using teamwork skills. After each activity, facilitators will lead a group discussion to help the team better understand their own group dynamics and strengths, how they may be able to capitalize on opportunities, and apply new skills and knowledge to life beyond the challenge course.

Indoor Challenge Course

The Indoor Challenge Course is located in the Flanagan Gymnasium and is open to Syracuse University faculty, staff and students only. Programming options include high climbing elements as well as ground level team activities and initiatives. Our facilitators will work with your group to design a custom program that meets your needs.

Portable Programs

Portable team building programs allow us to bring the fun to you! Our facilitation staff will work with you to develop a customized program that will meet the specific needs and goals of your group. Our portable programs can vary and are based on the size of the group, size of the space, time frame and program goals.

Common Portable Programs Include:

  • Leadership Assessments
  • Rhythmic Connections: Community Drumming Workshops
  • Theme Based Workshops
  • Traditional Team Building Activities and Initiatives
  • Urban and Campus Adventures

Virtual Team Building

Open to Syracuse University and SUNY ESF students, faculty and staff, virtual team building sessions are available through Zoom. Join us for a 1-2 hour, team building experience where our facilitation staff will lead your group through a series of activities designed to help you get to know each other in a unique and engaging way. Our staff will work with you to develop a customized program to meet your group's specific needs and goals.

For more information on any program offering, please call 315.443.9935.

Please note that all program rates are per person. A fifty percent deposit of the total program cost or interdepartmental order form is required to reserve a program date. All group reservations require a fifteen participant minimum. Groups with less than fifteen participants will be charged at a fifteen participant rate.

1-2 Hours

  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Students: $15
  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Faculty/Staff: $20
  • Non-Syracuse University/ESF Student Groups and Non-profit Organizations*: $25
  • Corporate Groups and Other Organizations*: $35

3-4 Hours

  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Students: $25
  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Faculty/Staff: $30
  • Non-Syracuse University/ESF Student Groups and Non-profit Organizations*: $35
  • Corporate Groups and Other Organizations*: $45

5-6 Hours

  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Students: $35
  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Faculty/Staff: $50
  • Non-Syracuse University/ESF Student Groups and Non-profit Organizations*: $55
  • Corporate Groups and Other Organizations*: $65

7-8 Hours

  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Students: $45
  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Faculty/Staff: $60
  • Non-Syracuse University/ESF Student Groups and Non-profit Organizations*: $65
  • Corporate Groups and Other Organizations*: $75

*Outdoor Course only.

Please note that all program rates are per person. A fifty percent deposit of the total program cost or interdepartmental order form is required to reserve a program date. All group reservations require a fifteen participant minimum. Groups with less than fifteen participants will be charged at a fifteen participant rate.

1-2 Hours

  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Students: $10
  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Faculty/Staff: $15
  • Non-Syracuse University/ESF Student Groups and Non-profit Organizations*: $20
  • Corporate Groups and Other Organizations*: $30

3-4 Hours

  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Students: $15
  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Faculty/Staff: $20
  • Non-Syracuse University/ESF Student Groups and Non-profit Organizations*: $25
  • Corporate Groups and Other Organizations*: $40

5-6 Hours

  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Students: $25
  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Faculty/Staff: $30
  • Non-Syracuse University/ESF Student Groups and Non-profit Organizations*: $35
  • Corporate Groups and Other Organizations*: $50

7-8 Hours

  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Students: $35
  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Faculty/Staff: $40
  • Non-Syracuse University/ESF Student Groups and Non-profit Organizations*: $45
  • Corporate Groups and Other Organizations*: $60

*Outdoor Course only.

Invest in your rhythmic development with this fun, hands-on drumming program. Community drumming has long provided opportunities for flexing creative muscles to express improvisational music, realizing spontaneous community, and experiencing enhanced health and wellness. Join us in discovering your relationship to rhythm, both in yourself and with others. Drums and percussion provided, no experience necessary. If you have your own drum or percussive instrument feel free to bring it along!

Please note that all program rates are per person. A fifty percent deposit of the total program cost or interdepartmental order form is required to reserve a program date. All group reservations require a fifteen participant minimum. Groups with less than fifteen participants will be charged at a fifteen participant rate.

1-2 Hours

  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Students: $25
  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Faculty/Staff: $30
  • Non-Syracuse University/ESF Student Groups and Non-profit Organizations: $35
  • Corporate Groups and Other Organizations: $40

3-4 Hours

  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Students: $30
  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Faculty/Staff: $35
  • Non-Syracuse University/ESF Student Groups and Non-profit Organizations: $40
  • Corporate Groups and Other Organizations: $45

5-6 Hours

  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Students: $35
  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Faculty/Staff: $40
  • Non-Syracuse University/ESF Student Groups and Non-profit Organizations: $45
  • Corporate Groups and Other Organizations: $50

Please note that all program rates are per person.

1-2 Hours

  • Syracuse University and SUNY ESF Students, Faculty and Staff: $5

  • Aerial footage provided through SKYTOP Aerials, LLC. is available. Please inform us of your interest, and we can provide you with more details.
  • Catering is available through Syracuse University Campus Catering with a wide variety of options. Please contact us at 315.443.9935 with any questions or to submit a catering order.
  • Cellphones are not permitted on the high elements course.
  • Participants should dress in athletic clothing with closed toed shoes.
  • Please refrain from wearing the following.
    • Jewelry
    • Crocs
    • Dress Shoes
    • Sandals
  • Prepare with weather appropriate layers as we are often outside for extended periods of time.

Outdoor Equipment Checkout

Want to go on an outdoor adventure on your own but don’t have all the equipment you need? Use ours! Syracuse University or SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) student I.D. holders and Barnes Center members 18 years of age or older, can check out equipment for their next camping or backpacking trip. Check out tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, ground pads, head lamps and more! Located in the Climbing area, come check out your equipment, today! More information on how to reserve equipment is available in the Wellness Portal. If this is your first time using the Wellness Portal, please visit the Wellness Portal webpage for detailed instructions.