Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to go on Nature Bound trips?
Current KSU students, faculty staff and active alumni are eligible to register and go on Nature Bound trips. We are unable to allow those who are not affiliated Kennesaw State to attend our trips.
Where do I sign up?
Registration for trips is located in the Outdoor Adventures Suite located in room 105 of the Student Recreation and Activities Center.
Why should I become a Nature Bound member?
Members receive great benefits including: priority registration, discounts on outdoor gear rental, discounts on Nature Bound trips, and a t-shirt. Memberships are $25 per semester and are great for those planning several trips or a more expensive trip.
When are memberships available?
Nature Bound memberships are always available. You can also purchase a membership at the time of registration. Just ask the attendant at the Outdoor Adventures Desk.
When are payments due?
Payments are due at the time of registration in full, with the exception of trips with a deposit. Currently, we are only able to accept payments in the form of cash or check – for walk in registrations so please come prepared! Credit cards are accepted only if the registration is processed online.
Are there meetings?
You are able to sign up for whichever trips you choose. For overnight trips there will be a mandatory pre-trip meeting which you will be notified of at time of registration.
I need to cancel is there a refund procedure?
Only on rare occasions will refunds be given. In the case of a trip being canceled, every participant will receive a refund. Participants may also get a refund if they find an eligible replacement to take their place on a trip. (i.e. someone on the waiting list). A refund packet must be completed by the participant and turned into the Director of Outdoor Programs within 2 weeks of the canceled trip. Once the Director of Outdoor Programs receives all forms, a check will be mailed to the participant’s home within two weeks.
What is included in the trip price?
Each trip is different, but usually included in the trip price is transportation, vendor/guide for the activity, trip leader service and some food. More details about what is included in your specific trip will be given at time of registration.
Why are there pre-trip meetings?
Pre-trip meetings are the Trip Leader’s opportunity to provide relevant information concerning the trip to all participants. Trip Leaders should use this opportunity to have participants’ complete paperwork, give trip specific information, review safety protocols, check gear, and establish time deadlines. Trip Leaders should be confident that participants know and understand the dangers/risks associated with a specific trip at the end of this meeting. Pre-trip meetings are mandatory for all participants. If a participant doesn’t attend a pre-trip meeting and does not contact and meet with the Trip Leader prior to the pre-trip meeting s/he will not be allowed to attend the trip and will not receive a refund.
Do I need to be an expert to attend these trips?
No way! All of our trips are geared toward beginners, but they are also great for those already involved in the activity as well. Trips that are for those more experienced will be noted that way.
Are there job positions available within the Nature Bound program?
You can apply to become a trip leader by picking up an application at the Outdoor Adventures Suite. The qualifications to become a trip leader include: passion for the outdoors, 2.0 GPA, and experience with Nature Bound as a participant. Knowledge of Leave No Trace Principles, CPR/AED/First Aid Certification and Wilderness First Aid Certification are preferred.
Who are the trip leaders?
Trip leaders are current KSU students with a passion for the outdoors. Trip Leaders plan all aspects of the trip and are here to answer your questions. Contact information for your trip leaders is given on each information sheet once you register for the trip.
Is it required that I am a member to attend the trips?
No, all current students, faculty, staff, and active alumni are able to attend the trips. However, members receive extra benefits.
When does registration for a trip end?
There are a limited amount of spots on each trip. They are filled on a first come, first served basis. Trips that are not completely full will end the Wednesday before the trip, or at the time of the pre-trip meeting if applicable.