Come and experience what nature has to offer. We are fortunate to be in an area rich in scenery and outdoor adventure. Include at least one nature trip in your SUUSI week! Activities range from physically easy to challenging, and are scheduled throughout the day from early morning to late evening. Departure and return times for many trips are scheduled so you won’t have to miss your favorite workshop or theme talk.
Nature trips get us out in the natural world to experience biodiversity. We have a diversity of experiences to offer - we have about 90 trips on our schedule, offering expeditions at all hours of the day and night. Some trips are physically easy and some are demanding - even strenuous. We have added new trips for 2013, including more family friendly ones. We have also brought back some of the old favorites. Whether you are attending SUUSI for the first-time or a veteran, we think there's a Nature trip on our schedule just calling you.
KIDS ARE WELCOME!! Register the kids too, whatever their age, if you want them to join you on a trip. Everyone on a trip has to register. Be sure each child and each adult signs up for a trip, so we can ensure there's a seat belt for everyone in the vans and handle other logistics. In Virginia, car seats are required for all children under 8 years old. Please bring the car seat to the Nature tent when you arrive for your trip.
The minimum age requirement is 14 years of age to take a Nature trip unless otherwise noted. To help you decipher the trip descriptions: 0+ means anyone can go, 12+ means anyone at least 12 years old at SUUSI registration can go, etc. The trips we have designated "Family Friendly" are open to families with children less than 14 years old. We encourage adults without children to participate in these trips, too, as the younger folks add a special element of fun to every trip.
"Approved immersible footwear" is the type of shoe required on Aquatic Trips. They will not slip off when we walk through a stream. They will not fall off when we are in the river. They won't fall off when we hike through grass covered with wet dew and our shoes get soaked. To ensure our safety, we require that everyone on a Nature Trip wear shoes that stay on your feet, provide ankle support, protection and grip. Tied athletic shoes are acceptable. Hiking boots are OK (except for aquatics trips), and for some circumstances in canoes and kayaks, some specialized booties are OK. We do not allow any "slip on" shoes.