Outdoor Adventures Trips

OA Trips

All registrations for Outdoor Adventures (OA) trips are handled through the OA Resource Center located on the lower level of the Foster Recreation Center. You can contact OA for more information about our Adventure Trips Program call 417-836-5904, or by visiting us at the FRC durring our opperational hours. Click here to see our hours of opperation. 

Spring 16 Trips

OA has three types of trips. We offer Day Trips, Overnight Trips, and Break Trips. Day Trips are a one day commitment, typically leaving on the morning listed and returning that evening. Overnight trips are camping trips where we sleep in tents and spend more than one day in momma nature. Break trips are the "big ones" usually more than 6 days in length. OA provides trip guides for every trip as well as transportation. The following equipment is provided on all overnight and break trips; tents, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, headlamp, cooking equipment, eating utensils, backpacks, canoes, kayaks. The best way to get more information about our trips is to come be the OA Office located on the Lower Level of the Foster Recreation Center. Check out the Trip List below! Still not convinced? Click here to see photos from out past Adventures, enjoy!

Date Location  Activity Type  Cost 
March 25th-27th 

Buffalo River Wilderness

Ponca AR

Overnight Backpacking  $40
March 26th  

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

Jasper AR

Day Climbing Trip $15
March 27th  Whitaker Point and Lost Valley Ponca AR Day Hiking  $15
April 2nd

James River

Nixa MO

Day Kayaking  $15
April 10th

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

Jasper AR

Day Climbing Trip/

Lead Climbing Clinic 

April 23rd

James River

Nixa MO

Day Kayaking  $15
April 24th

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

Jasper AR

Day Climbing Trip $15
April 29th Bell Mountain/ Ozark Trail Belleview MO Overnight Backpacking $40
April 30th

James River

Nixa MO

Day Kayaking  $15
 May 20th-29th

 Summer Adventure

Adirondack Mountains NY

Overnight Backpack and Climbing $400

Day Trips


Whitaker Point Day Hike 

Cost: $15          Date: March 27th         Departure: 9:00 AM  

Picture gazing across miles of majestic Ozark Mountains from the best vantage point Mother Nature has to offer. Can you see yourself standing in ankle-deep water, peering up at a natural waterfall caused by the warm spring rains? Outdoor Adventures makes your dreams come true when they head to Whitaker Point and the Lost Valley waterfalls for a day. Whitaker point is arguable the best vantage point in all of the Ozarks, as it allows you to see for miles in almost every direction while you tower over the Ozarks. Lost Valley waterfalls flow most brilliantly during the spring, so don’t miss out on seeing them at their prime. Grab a friend, take a break from your normal routine, and come on an Adventure.


Day Kayaking Trips 

Dates:  April 2nd, April 23rd,  April 30th 

Location: James River and Finley Creek         Cost: $15    Departure: 9:00 AM 

 Take a break from the school stress and spend an afternoon soaking up some sun. Grab some friends and leisurely kayak the James River with Outdoor Adventures. We will be cruising X miles on the river and enjoying the spectacular scenery along the way. Bring a lunch and your favorite skipping stone for the afternoon picnic. Never kayaked before? That’s fine! Outdoor Adventures is prepared to teach you and your friends everything you need to know.


Spring Climbing Trips 

Dates: March 26th,  April 10th , April 24th    

  Location: Horseshoe Canyon Ranch              Cost: $15          Departure: 8:00 AM 

Climb the way climbing was intended: outdoors. Why should your climbing be artificial? Forget the neon holds of the rock wall and join Outdoor Adventures at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch for a day, where you’ll climb routes over 500 million years in the making. Don’t miss your chance to visit the most popular climbing attraction of the southern Ozarks. 


Overnight Trips 



Spring Holiday Backpacking

Location: Buffalo River Trail         Date: March 25th-27th            Cost: $40

Departure: 9:00 AM              Pre-trip Meeting: Monday, March 21st @ 7 PM

Have you ever sat down and thought to yourself “I would really like to take a trip off of the beaten path”, or “ I would really like to hike 15 miles this weekend, but I have no idea where to go!”. Well then keep reading because we have an offer for you. Join Outdoor Adventures as we return to one of our favorite backpacking locations, the Buffalo River in Arkansas. We will spend three days and two nights along the scenic river with its iconic cliffs and waterfalls. Food, equipment, and transportation is provided, all you need to bring is your clothing. Check out this link for pictures from our previous adventure on the Buffalo. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127490760@N06/sets/72157648462384789

  Ozark Tral Backpacking 

Location: Ozark Trail/ Bell Mountain            Date: April 29th-May 1st                 Cost: $40 

Departure: Friday @ 12:00 PM             Pre-trip Meeting: April 25th @ 7 PM

Tag along with Outdoor Adventures on a weekend backpacking adventure! On this trip, we will be hiking a section of the Ozark Trail that cuts through the St. Francois Mountains in Southeast Missouri. More specifically, we will hike to the peak of Bell Mountain, the second highest point in Missouri. Our campsite for the final night is located near the high point, giving a beautiful view of the Ozarks. After breakfast, the group will hike back down the mountain, completing our loop by mid-day. Expect to arrive back at Missouri State University by 7PM on Sunday!

Break Trips 

Adirondack Adventure (Summer Trip)

Cost: $400       Date: May 20th-29th         Pre-Trip Meeting: Monday, May 9th

Schools out! Summer's here! let's go on an adventure! Join Outdoor Adventures (OA) as we travel to the mountains of upstate New York for a week of adventure in the majestic Adirondacks. We will be camping in rustic, open air lean-tos' in the heart of the ADK's and hiking several of the classic high peaks. Bring your hiking shoes and be ready for a once in a life time experience as we fully immerse ourselves in everything the Adirondacks have to offer. Activities will include but are not limited to; hiking mountains, night hike's to star gaze, rock climbing, and sightseeing along the way. Limited spots available so reserve your spot today!


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