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    Whether you enjoy paddling a canoe or kayak, riding bicycles, camping, climbing or just playing outside, the Outdoor Connection will help you experience year round outdoor adventures big and small.

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    SUP: Intro to Paddleboarding  
    September 6th from 9am-1pm  ($15 for students) 
    Lake Neshonoc flat-water paddleboarding clinic

    Night Hike on the Bluffs  
    September 8th from 8-10pm  (FREE) 
    Iconic night hike in the La Crosse bluffs

    Perrot Paddle Trip
    September 20th from 10am-4pm  ($25 for students) 
    Kayaking, hiking, slacklining, hammocking

    Backpacking the Porkies  
    October 3-5th ($95 for students) 
    3-Day Trip in the backcountry

    Fall Colors Paddle Trip (Overnight) 
    October 11-12th  ($45 for students) 
    Kickapoo River Run

    Caving Adventure
    November 8th (tentative date here)  ($35 for students) 
    Spring Valley Caverns

    Our BIG trips (WINTER BREAK)

    Wilderness First Responder Course (UW-L REC)
    January 3-10th


    Canoe the Rio Grande (Big Bend National Park, TX)
    January 11th-20th Expedition

    Florida Adventure 2015 (Canoeing/Backpacking Central Florida)
    January 18-25th Expedition




    Wilderness First Responder Course & Open Recert Course

    WFR - Jan 3 -10

    Recert - Jan 12-14

    Essential for anyone who spends significant time in remote places or who has a professional career in the outdoors, the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course will prepare you to make difficult medical decisions. This course is fast-paced and engaging. You'll spend half your time outside of the classroom doing hands-on skills and realistic scenarios. WMA's curriculum encompasses a wide range of topics including long-term patient care, wound and risk management, splinting, bandaging, reducing dislocations, litter packaging and administering medications. You'll complete this course with the tools and confidence to manage patients in the backcountry for multiple days. The intensive 70-hour curriculum is nationally recognized and supported by such organizations as Outward Bound, The National Park Service, and the FBI. You'll be taught by dynamic educators who have practiced both wilderness and urban medicine. This 7-day course is ideal for all professionals operating in remote environments. Adult CPR certification is included.

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    Winter Adventures


    Canoeing & Backpacking Florida

    (Central Florida) January 18-25th, 2014

    Want to experience Florida in a unique way? 

    This trip will provide a combination of activities and adventures that is bound to be well worth your time! The Ocklawaha River is said by some to be "the most rustic river" in Florida. We will spend three days canoeing and river-camping on the Ocklawaha in a pristine natural setting. Following our time on the river, we will continue our adventure by backpacking the National Florida Scenic Trail through the center of nearby Ocala National Forest. Our days spent traveling to-and-from Florida will include spending time relaxing and enjoying other activities.



    • $499 Before December 5th
    • $519 After December 5th
    • Add $20 for non-students

    Physical Fitness Rating: B = some strenuous activity, should be in good physical condition
    Experience Level Needed: None
    Price Includes: Transportation, equipment, food while in the field & lodging