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Clark University Outing Club
Student Leadership
             and Programming
950 Main Street
Worcester MA 01610-1400
Email outingclub@clarku.edu
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Our weekly planning meetings for fall semester 2015 are held every Sunday at 7:30pm in the University Center Persky Conference Room (2nd floor). All members are welcome.
Ted Hear Ted's reflections on
his A.T. trek

For five months we followed the adventures of Outing Club member Ted Randich '16 through his blog as he conducted a LEEP project which involved hiking the Appalachian Trail! Now you can hear from Ted firsthand in a series of two talks on Saturday, September 26th and October 3rd at 12pm at the Barred Owl Retreat, 88 Marshall Street, Leicester MA. The Outing Club will be arranging transportation to the Barred Owl for the second talk. Watch our weekly email for details. We hope to see you there! (9/24/15)

Shout-Out to the Class-of-2019
As we gear up for another awesome year ahead, we're excited to welcome Clark's Class-of-2019 and incoming transfer students. The Outing Club is here for you! Whether you're looking for hard core ourdoor adventure or a simple walk in the woods, we strive to make the outdoors accessible and fun for everyone. So why wait? Drop us an email at outingclub@clarku.edu or join us on LINK to receive our weekly email newsletter, including details of our special fall kick-off events and upcoming trips throughout the year. And don't forget to like our friendly Facebook page. (7/5/15)
Well... It's Happened Again
A year ago we reported that 2013-2014 had been the busiest year in Outing Club history, but now we're happy to announce that 2014-2015 has officially claimed that distinction!
  • We embarked upon 51 trips in 2014-2015, surpassing last year's record of 46, and our earlier records of 45 in 2011-2012, 36 in 2010-2011, and 35 in 2012-2013.
  • Overall, 234 Clarkies joined us on one or more of our outings this year. That's more than 10% of Clark's undergraduate population, and surpasses last year's record of 202. More than 80 of them joined us for multiple trips, resulting in a combined total attendance of 494 for all trips (compared to 467 last year)!
  • Here on campus we were more active than ever this year as well, hosting or co-hosting ten campus events which drew several hundred participants combined, and sponsoring a Clark Relay for Life team which raised nearly $1200 in the fight against cancer.
  • You can see the Outing Club's success for yourself in our 12-year trendlines.
Go team! Thanks to all Outing Clubbers who helped make 2014-2015 such an amazing year. Now let's see how many more records we can break in 2015-2016! (7/2/15)
Petting Zoo Now for something
completely different

Baby farm animals aren't just for kids - college students stressed out over finals can't resist them either! That's why we're bringing the Animal Affair Traveling Petting Zoo to campus on Wednesday, April 29th, on the Green from 11AM-1PM. So take a study break to enjoy some barnyard fun before finals begin, and help make Outing Club's own "final" event of the semester a memorable one. (4/26/15)

Ted Follow Ted on the Appalachian Trail!
Outing Club member Ted Randich '16 is taking his spring semester off to hike the Appalachian Trail! Along the way, he is conducting a LEEP project examining the interaction of nature and culture on the trail, connecting his love of the outdoors with his studies in Geography. Ted’s project is in partnership with with the folks at the Greater Worcester Land Trust (GWLT), who are posting a blog of his hike so we all get to follow right along with him as he travels through the summer. We are so excited for Ted and wish him the best of luck! Happy Trails. (3/19/15)

Relay For Life Thanks for supporting us in Relay for Life of Clark U.

Thanks to everyone who helped support us, Team Outing Club was able to raise nearly $1,200 for the American Cancer Society in Clark's 7th annual Relay for Life event which was held in the Kneller Athletic Center on April 10th, 2015. We definitely had one of the most energetic teams on the floor and stayed right 'til the very end at 2AM! (4/21/15)

Film Festival poster Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes
 to Clark Sunday, March 22nd

The Outing Club in concert with Clark Sustainability Collaborative, the Greater Worcester Land Trust, and Clark University Film Society are proud to present one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals as part of Clark Earth Week! The 2015 Wild and Scenic Film Festival tour will be in Sackler 121 from 3-6pm, featuring ten award winning outdoor and nature themed films. This event is free and open to the public, and includes giveaways and door prizes. So grab your friends and spend an afternoon enjoying some amazingly fine films with us! (3/19/15)

Recapping our busiest year ever! What's next??
We're proud to announce that 2013-2014 was the busiest year in Outing Club history! All said and done, we embarked on 46 trips, breaking our old record of 45 in 2011-2012 and easily surprassing last year's total of 35. With 202 unique participants and a combined total attendance of 467 (also new records), a whole bunch of Clarkies had fun getting to know each other on these 46 outings.

If that's not enough, a slew of new fall semester records were set this past year as well, including these:
  • 159 Clarkies participated in one or more of our fall trips
  • This number includes 77 first year students, or 12.5% of the entire class!
  • Thanks to such a tremendous response, we were able to host 26 trips in just 13 weeks from day one through Thanksgiving break!
  • Our total fall trip attendance was 307 - a third more than ever before!
  • 51 Clarkies took part in our annual multi-wave kick-off hike at Worcester's Cascades Parklands, our largest trip ever!
Thanks to all who helped make the year such an amazing success. Now let's keep that momentum going! (7/15/14)
snow Keeping Freud company
Being a statue in Red Square can get lonely when everyone's away for winter break, so Mugsy (our mascot) came to the rescue and had some fun with good ol' Sigmund Freud on a nice sunny afternoon. Freud was elated, but stoutly kept his composure. (1/3/14)

Go Green... in the Kneller?
Due to anticipated wet conditions, Clark's Go Green on the Green Earth Day festival this Saturday, April 20th, has been moved to the Kneller Athletic Center. The Outing Club will be there with a Leave No Trace exhibit and trail map reading skillshare. Be sure to come by and check it out. (4/18/13)
Worcester #2 in Golden Snow Globe rankings
We've certainly had excellent snow conditions for our winter trips this year, and with good reason. Worcester finished the season as the #2 city in the country for total snowfall this season. This comes after having held the #1 spot for several weeks. Check it out at the Golden Snow Globe website. More snow? You never know. But we'll settle for springtime and sunshine! (4/5/13)
Mugsy Mugsy (our mascot) says:

Mugsy has been tagging along on our hikes all year, so it's no surprise that he knows how to have a good time. We hope you'll be there too in 2013 to share in our adventures. Good company always makes for a great trip. Just ask Mugsy, and visit his page! (12/31/12)

Our suggestion box is always open
suggestion box Got an idea for an upcoming trip? A proposal to include in next year's budget request? A new nomination for our executive board? Share your wisdom and enthusiasm at our weekly planning meetings, or our relaxed Academic Commons gatherings. New ideas and renewed leadership are the heartbeat that keeps the Outing Club active and vibrant! So let's hear from you. (2/19/12)

A new trail is born!
After more than 14 years of work, Worcester's East Side Trail is finally whole! You can now hike through the woods 3 1/2 miles from the Shores of Lake Quinsigamond on Worcester's eastern border right into the heart of the city on Shrewsbury Street at East Park. Read more on our special East Side Trail page. (9/27/11)
snow We've reached new heights!
That's 6,288 feet above sea level to be specific. Last weekend's White Mountains adventure marked the first time one of our trips has summited Mt. Washington, the highest point in the northeast. And we couldn't have asked for better weather. The clear blue day drew big crowds to the mountaintop, making it feel less like backcountry but still a top notch destination. See more photos from our trip on Facebook. (9/13/11)

Exciting news for skiers
With support from members of Clark's former Ski and Snowboard Club, the Outing Club has officially expanded its repertoire to include downhill ski and snowboard trips in addition to our current cross country ski trips. Our budget has been increased to accommodate these activities, but we'll be looking for more skiers and snowboarders to help plan them. Watch for further announcements next fall. (5/15/11)
Outing Club video Outing Club video makes it's debut
Thanks to Claudia's talents and her Social and Cultural Issue Documentary Production class project, the Outing Club's story is now on video! Be sure to watch Claudia's six-minute Outing Club video right here on our website.