Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Outdoor Wellness program.

Outdoor Wellness Trips and Events

Question: What trips and events are happening this quarter?

Answer: You can check out our current calendar of events on our current offerings section. All of our programs or events that require registration will be posted at You should also follow our Instagram account to learn about fun spontaneous programs we run throughout the quarter! We will be offering drop in programs throughout the year at a variety of locations around campus.

Question: How do I know what trip/event is right for me?

Answer: We strive to offer a variety of trips for varying skill levels throughout the year. If you’re curious about a trip, you can read the full description at Trip descriptions all include skill level, ability requirements, and important details about the event. Still unsure? Please email with any questions and we will be glad to help!

Question: Who can sign up for trips and events?

Answer: All current UWB and CC students are eligible for Outdoor Wellness programs.

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Registration for Trips and Events

Question: How do I sign up for a trip and/or event?

Answer: Register on-line at If you are having trouble accessing the registration system, please email

Question: What if a trip or event is full?

Answer: If there is a trip that you are interested in, but the registration is full please sign up for the waitlist. We often fill last minute spots from the waitlist for our programs. If a spot opens up on the trip, we will send an email to all members on the wait list and the spot will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.

Question: Why do some trips cost money? Don’t my student fees for everything?

Answer: UWB and CC student fees heavily subsidize all of our Outdoor Wellness programs. We try to keep as many events free to students as possible, but due to the specialized nature of our programs, some events cost quite a bit of money to put on. As an example, one of our most popular programs so far has been our Snow Tubing event at Summit at Snoqualmie. That event cost about $58 per student to provide transportation, a tubing ticket, staffing, and gear rental. Our student cost was only $5, which means that $53 per person was subsidized by student fees!

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Gear Rentals

Question: What if I need gear for a trip or event?

Answer: Don’t let a lack of gear hold you back from taking part in our events! We do our best to provide essential gear for all of our trips free of charge. The Nest Outdoor Gear Shop has everything from insulated jackets to wool socks. Interested in a backpacking course? We have hiking boots, sleeping bags, and even bowls and sporks! Gear rental is always included free of charge, but items are limited so please check out in advance, the gear rental period is 14-days.

Question: Can I rent gear for a personal outdoor trip?

Answer: Yes! Gear available at the Nest Gear Shop is open for students to check out for personal trips. Gear priority is always given to Outdoor Wellness program participants and staff members who may be utilizing the gear for trips. We strongly recommend calling or emailing ahead during breaks and peak recreation times to check gear availability.

Question: What if I have other questions about the Nest Gear Shop?

Answer: Visit The Nest Outdoor Gear Shop page for additional information about gear rentals.

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Accessibility Accommodations

Question: What if I need an accessibility accommodation?

Answer: The University of Washington is committed to providing access and accommodation in its services, programs, and activities. To make a request connected to a disability of health condition contact the sponsoring department ( 10 days prior to the event date. Cascadia College Students should contact Accessibility Support Services at 425.352.8128, it would be best if requested are made 10 days prior to the event.

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General Questions

Question: Who do I contact with questions about the Outdoor Wellness Program?

Answer: If you’re interested in getting more information or if you have questions, contact us at If you need to contact the program manager, Sammy Faust, she can be reached at or  425-352-5008.

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