Make the outdoors accessible to more students

  • The Center for Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE) Grant will be providing up to $2,000 per academic year to students who wish to participate in a CORE Trip. CORE Trips have been shown to decrease stress levels, increase feelings of belonging, and help contribute to the development of a strong sense of self. The Department of Recreational Sports (RecSports) believes that these factors, in addition to physical activity, are key components of a successful student. The CORE Grant hopes to eliminate financial barriers for students in need who wish to participate in impactful trip experiences.

CHALLENGES

  • Trips are an additional expense for students, outside of the programs and services that are included in their student fees
  • Students have reported that the price of trips is out of their price range
  • Valuable trip experience should not be limited to those with financial means

Opportunities

  • The CORE Grant hopes to eliminate financial barriers for students in need who wish to participate in an impactful experience
  • Trips can be one of the most impactful student experiences; for many students it is their first experience feeling immersed in nature
  • Students report reduced stress levels, increased sense of belonging, self-awareness, global awareness, and a heightened connection to nature
  • As a result of valuable trip experiences students feel a better connection to the Gator Nation

TRAVEL AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURE TRIPS

  • Backpacking
  • Kayaking
  • Mindfulness trips
  • Snorkeling
  • Canoeing
  • Surfing