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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 486-4513 
mailto:nvc-library@alamo.edu
Mon - Thu: 7:30am - 8:30pm
Fri: 7:30am - 4:00pm
Sat: 8:30am - 2:30pm
Sun: CLOSED 
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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 payment in order to hold your spot.  We can accept cash (please bring correct change) or check only.  

Please contact Kelly Blanco for information about this program.

Upcoming Activities

 

Mission Reach Bike Ride - Friday, November 18th

Enjoy a casual bike ride, using the recently developed Mission Reach hike and bike trail which follows the contours of the breathtaking San Antonio River.  You will learn the history of Spanish Colonial Texas and explore the grounds of the mission compounds.  Check it out here http://cyclingsanantonio.com/

Transportation and all equipment are provided.

Skill Level: Must know how to ride a bike!

Time: Departing from campus at 8am, arrive back to campus around 3pm

Suggestions on what to bring: Sun protection, sunglasses, water bottle, packed lunch or money to purchase lunch.

What to wear:  Active wear clothing, dress in layers, and wear appropriate shoes like tennis shoes.

Cost: $35 (regularly $65 per person)

To sign up:  You must be a current NVC student to participate. Sign-up will begin Sept 12th, please bring your payment to the Student Life Office in HH-109. Office hours are M-F 8am-5pm.

NVC Faculty and Staff are encouraged to place their name on our waiting list. If there is room one week before event, you are welcome to join us!

For questions, contact:

Bianca Ramirez

bramirez154@alamo.edu

210.486.4526

 

 

Zipline Adventure - Friday, October 14th

Prepare for highflying fun as you harness up and glide through the air on this thrilling, action packed zipline adventure. Experience a rush as you soar over canyons and creeks with breathtaking 15-mile views of the Wimberley Valley. Your adventure will begin with trained guides leading you on an educational walking tour. You’ll learn about the local ecosystem of plants and wildlife, local history, and other interesting Wimberley area facts. Your adventure continues as you experience Texas Hill Country beauty as never before while soaring through a series of TEN zip line crossings. Check it out here   http://www.wimberleyzipline.com/

Your Wimberley Zipline Adventure will last approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours. The thrilling finale will leave you screaming for more!

Transportation, lessons, and all equipment are provided. No experience necessary!

Restrictions (set by Wimberley Zipline Adventure):

  • Weight limits are: women-200 lbs. and men-250 lbs. maximum and a minimum weight of 70 lbs. is required.
  • Participants must be physically able to hike one half mile through uneven and uphill terrain.
  • Participants must wear closed toed shoes and should wear long walking shorts, capri or long pants. No extra baggy clothes, short-shorts, large jewelry or smoking allowed on tours. Long hair must be tied back.
  • Persons who are pregnant, have neck, back, joint, or heart problems, or other serious physical illness or mental condition cannot participate in this activity
 

Skill Level: Beginner through Experienced. Must meet the physical requirements as stated above.

Time: Participants will depart campus at 6:30am, arrive back around 3pm

Suggestions on what to bring: water, camera, and sun protection. Must meet the clothing requirements as stated above.    Bring a packed lunch or money to buy lunch.

Cost: $45 per person (regularly priced at $83 per person)

To sign up: You must be a current NVC student to participate. Sign-up will begin Sept. 26th. Please bring your payment to the Student Life office in HH 109. Office hours M-F   8am-5pm. 

NVC Faculty and Staff are encouraged to place their name on our waiting list. If there is room one week before event, you are welcome to join us!

 

For questions, contact:

Nathalie Mai Kraft
ndiaz41@alamo.edu
210-486-4080
 

 

 

Waterfalls and Caves at Colorado Bend State Park - Saturday, October 1st

Join us on an adventure to Colorado Bend State Park.  Co me and get a little bit dirty on the intermediate trip to Turtle Shell Cave. This trip takes you underground for a relaxed and easy expedition for anyone who is ready to do a little crawling! Afterwards, we will experience the unique beauty of this jewel of the hill country on a guided hike to Gorman Falls.

Check it out here http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=colorado+bend+state+park&qpvt=colorado+bend+state+park&view=detail&mid=FB969522B1D850FFF762FB969522B1D850FFF762&FORM=VRDGAR
  

Transportation, instruction, and some equipment are provided. No experience necessary!

Skill Level: Beginner through Experienced.   Must meet the basic physical requirements; hiking for 3 miles on uneven, uphill terrain, squatting and crawling through tight openings in the cave.

Time: Participants will depart campus at 6am, arrive back around 7pm

Suggestions on what to bring: water, camera, sun protection, snacks, a packed lunch, good sturdy shoes for hiking, and dress in layers.  Bring swim wear to use if we have time to take a dip! 

***Required***: A headlamp, knee pads and elbow pads are required for this trip. A helmet will be provided! You can get some cheap ones at Walmart or Academy…as well as other places!

Cost: $15 per person (regularly priced at $30 per person)

To sign up: You must be a current NVC student to participate. Sign-up will begin Sept. 5th. Please bring your payment to the Student Life office in HH 109. Office hours M-F   8am-5pm. 

NVC Faculty and Staff are encouraged to place their name on our waiting list. If there is room one week before event, you are welcome to join us!

For questions, contact:

Kelly Blanco
kblanco@alamo.edu
210-486-4010

 

 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding - Friday, September 16th

Enjoy a day of Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Austin.  Stand up paddling is easy to learn and super fun!  If you have never heard of stand up paddle boarding, the best way to describe it is assisted surfing...without the waves!  Come out and have fun playing in the water with us!  .  Check it out here   http://www.supatx.com/rentals/?gclid=CJij2672y84CFQuLaQodPtEN1g

Transportation, lessons, and all equipment are provided. No experience necessary!

Skill level: Must know how to swim

Time: Departing from campus at 11am and returning back to campus around 7pm

Suggestions on what to bring: Sun protection, sunglasses, hats, water shoes, water, packed lunch or money for lunch.

What to wear: Swim wear, and extra clothing to change in to.

Cost: $25 (regularly priced at $45 per person)

To sign up:

You must be a current NVC student to participate. Sign-up will begin August 22nd, please bring your payment to the Student Life Office in HH-109. Office hours are M-F 8am-5pm.

NVC Faculty and Staff are encouraged to place their name on our waiting list. If there is room one week before event, you are welcome to join us!

For questions, contact:

Bianca Ramirez

bramirez154@alamo.edu

210.486.4526

 

 

Hamilton Pool Preserve - Friday, September 16th

Hamilton Pool Preserve is a historic swimming hole which was designated a preserve by the Travis County Commissioner's Court in 1990. Located 3/4 mile upstream from its confluence with the Pedernales River, Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone outcroppings to create a 50-foot waterfall as it plunges into the head of a steep box canyon.
 
Transportation, is provided. No experience necessary!
Skill level: Basic physical level.  The hike to the pool is a quarter of a mile long.  The trail is steep and rocky, with uneven steps. Swimming will be at your own risk, no lifeguards are on duty. Please note: Occasionally, swimming is not allowed due to high bacteria levels in the water.
Time: Departing from campus at 11am. 
  
Suggestions on what to bring: Sun protection, sunglasses, water shoes, drinking water, packed lunch or snacks. There is no access to water or concessions at the pool.  
  
What to wear: Good sturdy shoes to hike with, swim wear, and extra clothing to change in to.
  
Cost: FREE with a $20 deposit. Deposit will be returned to those who attend.  (regularly priced at $26)
  
To sign up:
You must be a current NVC student to participate. Sign-up will begin Sept 2 nd at the Fitness Desk in HH.  Office hours are M-F 8am-5pm.
For questions, contact:
Ruben Sanchez
rsanchez15@alamo.edu
210.486.4090

Location

Huisache Hall

Room# 109

Hours of Operation

 

 AUGUST  1 - 27

Monday-Thursday:  8:00am-7:00pm

Friday:  8:00am-5:00pm

Every Saturday:  9:00am-1:00pm

 

AUG 28 - DEC 10   

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri:  8:00am-5:00pm

Thursday:  8:00am-7:00pm

1 st Sat of each month:  9:00am-1:00pm


 

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Contacts

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