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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 - Thur: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Fri: CLOSED
Sat: CLOSED
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.

 


Upcoming Activities

Mission Reach Bike Ride - Friday, March 31st

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,

this is a very strenuous trip and should not be attempted by anyone who is not confident in their ability to ride long distances and uphills.

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

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

What to wear:  Active wear clothing, 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 January 23th, limited spots available 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, March 24th

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 the hill country. Your adventure will begin with trained guides leading you on an educational walking tour. 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://heloteshillcountryziplines.com/

Your Heotes Hill Country Ziplines will last approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

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

Restrictions (set by Helotes Hill Country Zipline):

  • Weight limits are: Participants must weigh at least 85 lbs, and cannot exceed 275 lbs.
  • 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.
  • You will not be able to participate if:
    - You have serious heart conditions
    - You have existing or reoccurring muscular skeletal injuries
    - You are pregnant
    - If you are under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or any drugs that impair you in any way

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

Time: Participants will depart campus at 8:00am, 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: $25 per person (regularly priced at $85 per person)

To sign up: You must be a current NVC student to participate. Please bring your payment to the Student Life office in HH 109. Office hours M-F   8am-5pm.  This trip is full, you are welcome to put your name on the waitlist!

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
 

 

 

Hiking, Waterfalls and Caves at Colorado Bend State Park - Saturday, April 22nd

Join us on an adventure to Colorado Bend State Park! Hike 1.3 miles through the beautiful Lively Pasture to the entrance of Gorman Creek Crevice Cave, the second longest cave in the park. Then, descend into the massive canyon-like entrance to the cave and explore hundreds of feet of crawl ways. Before we ascend into the cave, we will experience the unique beauty of this jewel of the hill country on a guided hike to Gorman Falls. If the weather permits, we might even take a dip into the spring water!

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 will be provided. No experience necessary!

Skill Level: Beginner through Experienced.  

Physical Requirements:  This is a very strenuous trip and should not be attempted by anyone who is not confident in their ability to crawl for an hour and hike a total of 4 miles . This trip should not be attempted by individuals suffering from asthma or other breathing difficulties.

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!  The cave will be quite muddy, you may want to bring a change of clothes and gloves as well.

***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: $25 per person (regularly priced at $55 per person)

To sign up: You must be a current NVC student to participate. Sign-up will begin Jan 23rd. Please bring your payment to the Student Life office in HH 109. Office hours M-F   8am-5pm.  This trip is full, you are welcome to put your name on the waitlist!

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

 

 

Rock Climbing - Friday, April 7th

 

Enchanted Rock Climbing has no rival to its beautifully pink granite and Hill Country views!

This trip will provide an introduction to rock climbing for anyone who wants to experience a safe adventure in the vertical realm.  In this class, we emphasize safety skills, basic climbing technique, teamwork, trust, communication, and having a great time in a beautiful setting.  Check it out here  http://rock-about.com/

 

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

Skill level: Beginner

Physical requirements: There will be a short hike to the climbing area. Must have the physical ability to hike over uneven and hilly terrain for one mile one way.

Time: Departing from campus at 6am and returning back to campus around 7pm

Suggestions on what to bring: Sun protection, sunglasses, hat for hiking, at least 2 liters of water, packed lunch and snacks.

What to wear comfortable clothes, not too baggy or too tight. Dress in layers, it may be cool in the morning and warm up as the day continues.

Cost: $35 (regularly priced at $99 per person)

To sign up:

You must be a current NVC student to participate. Sign-up will begin Jan 23rd. 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:

Kelly Blanco

kblanco@alamo.edu

210.486.4010

 

 

 

 

Hiking at Enchanted Rock - Saturday, February 25th

Join us on an adventure to Enchanted Rock. Experience, explore and enjoy, the unique beauty of this Fredericksburg hill country on a hike at Enchanted Rock.

Check it out here: http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/enchanted-rock

  Transportation, is provided. No experience necessary!  

 Skill Level: Beginner through Experienced.  Must meet the basic physical requirements; hiking for 3 miles on uneven, uphill terrain.

 Time: Participants will depart campus at 6am, arrive back around 5pm

 Suggestions on what to bring: water, camera, sun protection, snacks, a packed lunch, good sturdy shoes for hiking, and dress in layers. 

  Cost:Deposit of $10 dollars.  This trip is full, you are welcome to put your name on the waitlist!

To sign up: You must be a current NVC student to participate. Sign-up will begin January 23th Please bring your deposit to the Student Life office in HH 109, limited spots available.

 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:  

Bianca Ramirez

bramirez154@alamo.edu

210.486.4526

 

New Mexico Ski Trip - March 3rd-5th

 

Join us for a ski adventure in Ruidoso, New Mexico!  This trip is a perfect for the novice or advanced skier.  We will be skiing at Ski Apache   http://www.skiapache.com and we will be staying here http://innofthemountaingods.com/

The Trip:

We will depart SA on the morning of Friday, March 3rd and arrive at the lodge that evening.  We will ski all day on March 4th, and head back to SA the morning of March 5th.  We will arrive back in SA that evening. 

Skill level: Beginner to Advanced

Physical requirements: Must possess the ability to sit for long periods of time (10 hr drive to the mountain!).  It will be the responsibility of the student to determine if they possess the minimum physical requirements to ski.

Time: Departing from campus TBA

Suggestions on what to bring and wear: Sun protection, sunglasses, hat, gloves, ski pants and jacket.  There will be a pre-trip meeting to discuss this topic more thoroughly

Cost: $368. This covers; transportation, 4 meals, hotel, lift ticket, boots, ski’s and polls or snow board, and the shuttle from hotel to ski area. Lessons are available for an additional fee.

To sign up: This trip is full, you are welcome to put your name on the waitlist!

You must be a current NVC student to participate. Sign-up will begin Jan 23rd. Please contact Kelly Blanco to set up a time to meet to discuss a payment plan.

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

For questions, contact:

Kelly Blanco

kblanco@alamo.edu

210.486.4010

 

 

 

 

Location

Huisache Hall

Room# 109

Hours of Operation

MAY 29 - JUL 29

Mon-Thu: 8:00am-7:00pm


JUL 31 - SEP 1

Mon-Thu: 8:00am-7:00pm

Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am-1:00pm


FALL 2017

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 8:00am-5:00pm

Thursday: 8:00am-7:00pm

First Saturday Every Month:
 9:00am-1:00pm

Contacts

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

Bianca Ramirez, Activities Specialist
(210) 486-4526
bramirez154@alamo.edu

Nathalie Mai Kraft, Community Service Specialist
(210) 486-4080
ndiaz41@alamo.edu

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