Catalog of Events

SUUSI 2024 Catalog will be published in Spring 2024. 

To find a SUUSI event, enter in the event number, event name, or keywords in the keywords search box! You can also filter by type.

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  • Middler Parent MeetingUnlimited

    Parent Meeting

  • Teen Parent / Guardian MeetingUnlimited

    All teens and their parents or guardians will gather after Ingathering to review the Teen program including rules and expectations.

  • Ballroom Dance HourUnlimited

    Warm yourself up for clubbing with an hour of Ballroom. Every night will focus on one ballroom style but you will still have a music mix with enough variety to satisfy all Ballroom fans.

  • 13s Art timeUnlimited

  • Late NightUnlimited

    Late night song circle

  • 12-Step Recovery MeetingUnlimited

    Come share experience, strength, and hope in this all-Program 12 Step meeting. We're here for you!

  • Youth Parent Mandatory MeetingUnlimited

    At least one parent or guardian of Yout participating in SUUSI Youth programming must attend this meeting when dropping their Youth off the first day of SUUSI youth programming.

  • Common Ground CafeUnlimited

    Coffee house with coffee, snacks & games

  • Addiction and Recovery Support MeetingUnlimited

    Connect with others in recovery and determine times to meet during the week (note there is one meeting already schedule on Wednesday)

  • Group MeditationUnlimited

    Join Kimi Reigel for 20 minutes of relaxation and centering.

  • Pair-A-Dice Game PickupUnlimited

    if you loaned a game to Pair-A-Dice, please come pick it up! And if you don't, we'll drop it off outside your door.

  • OASUUS MixerUnlimited

    Join us at at Blue Ridge 202 from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM for social hour! Pizza and soft drinks with be provided. Here we will get to know each other and our space and be in community. As this is an OASUUS event this is for BIPOC only.

  • Board Town HallUnlimited

    The SUUSI Board wants your input!! SUUSI occasionally has to find a new location — whether we stay at WCU a little longer or look to move elsewhere in the Southeast, we want to know what factors matter most to you in host sites and locations. Specifically, what would make SUUSI a safe and welcoming space for you? While everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this forum, we especially encourage people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA2S+ people to attend, as we aim to center these identities and perspectives in this conversation. Hosted by Ivy Breivogel, board member and assistant director of the YA program.

  • LGBTQIA2S+ loungeUnlimited

  • Tye DyeLimit 15

    This workshop is an extra opportunity to make tie-dye creations. Beginners are welcome. You may bring three (3) 100% cotton items to dye; you will go home with directions for washing them. Be creative: try underwear, shorts, socks, etc., but no towels or sheets as they take up too much dye. Once we’re finished with the dye, we’ll learn how to tie special knots (square, slip, half, and more).

  • CACHEUnlimited

    CACHE stands for Clean Air Clear Heads Everyone and welcomes anyone age 14 and over who loves to dance. It is a fun, self-guided dance party in an alcohol and smoke free space. Our DJs will be playing the latest in dance music and invite any song requests that you have.

  • Little SingUnlimited

    pick up choir

  • SUUSI StoreUnlimited

    SUUSI Store

  • Board MeetingUnlimited

  • Board ForumUnlimited

    Come learn what your Board has been up to and where SUUSI may be headed in the future. Ask questions of our current Board and this year's Board candidates. And, hear from this year's Director about big changes that may be afoot for SUUSI. Be an informed voter and SUUSI advocate!

  • Workshop leader welcomeUnlimited

    In lieu of the check-in madness, this will be the time for workshop leaders to check in and check on their workshop space. Requests to change location should be made by Sunday during or shortly after this.

  • Pair-a-Dice Game Drop-offUnlimited

  • Middler programmingUnlimited

    Middlers

  • Unlimited

    Addiction Recovery Space

  • 1: SlimeLimit 10

    Create, Color, and transform your Slime creations. Share recipes and ingredient ideas! An afternoon of slime and science!

  • 2: Hair and Body ArtLimit 12

    Use your own hair and body as a canvas to create your very own designs. We will use all sorts of styles of creating art, for example: face and body paint, body glitter, nail polish,temporary hair color and more! You can also make friendship bracelets to take home or give to friends!

  • 3: Outdoor Water GamesLimit 12

    Head outside to enjoy some fun in the kiddie pools, or play water games using hoses, sprinklers, slip-n-slides, sponge balls, and other outdoor toys. You will get wet! Be sure to come wearing secure footwear that can get wet, a bathing suit, and plenty of sunscreen. Bring sunscreen, a water bottle, a dry towel, a plastic bag, & a change of clothes. We will be creating art after we dry off!

  • 4: SlimeLimit 10

    Create, Color, and transform your Slime creations. Share recipes and ingredient ideas! An afternoon of slime and science!

  • 5: Outdoor Water GamesLimit 12

    Head outside to enjoy some fun in the kiddie pools, or play water games using hoses, sprinklers, slip-n-slides, sponge balls, and other outdoor toys. Sponge relays, splash games, and obstacle courses. You will get wet! Be sure to come wearing secure footwear that can get wet, a bathing suit, and plenty of sunscreen. Bring sunscreen, a water bottle, a dry towel, a plastic bag, & a change of clothes.

  • 6: Tie DyeLimit 12

    This workshop is an extra opportunity to make tie-dye creations. Beginners are welcome. You may bring three (3) 100% cotton items to dye; you will go home with directions for washing them. Be creative: try underwear, shorts, socks, etc., but no towels or sheets as they take up too much dye. Once we’re finished with the dye, we’ll learn how to tie special knots (square, slip, half, and more).

  • 7: Magic Around Us!Limit 10

    There is magic in the world around us! Plants grow, watered by the sky and wind helps move seeds so that more plants will grow. As time has changed, we call this magic science. Let's explore the magic of the world around us! Spend the afternoon conducting experiments and exploring the magic of the world around us. This workshop will be inside and outside.

  • 8: Hair and Body ArtLimit 12

    Use your own hair and body as a canvas to create your very own designs. We will use all sorts of styles of creating art, for example: face and body paint, body glitter, nail polish,temporary hair color and more! You can also make friendship bracelets to take home or give to friends!

  • 9: SlimeLimit 10

    Create, Color, and transform your Slime creations. Share recipes and ingredient ideas! An afternoon of slime and science!

  • 10: Tye DyeLimit 15

    This workshop is an extra opportunity to make tie-dye creations. Beginners are welcome. You may bring three (3) 100% cotton items to dye; you will go home with directions for washing them. Be creative: try underwear, shorts, socks, etc., but no towels or sheets as they take up too much dye. Once we’re finished with the dye, we’ll learn how to tie special knots (square, slip, half, and more)

  • 11: Magic Around Us!Limit 10

    There is magic in the world around us! Plants grow, watered by the sky and wind helps move seeds so that more plants will grow. As time has changed, we call this magic science. Let's explore the magic of the world around us! Spend the afternoon conducting experiments and exploring the magic of the world around us. This workshop will be inside and outside.

  • 12: Pool Time!Limit 15

    Pool Time! Bring your towel, swimsuit, and a change of clothes! Let's Swim!!

  • 13: Outdoor Water GamesLimit 12

    Head outside to enjoy some fun in the kiddie pools, or play water games using hoses, sprinklers, slip-n-slides, sponge balls, and other outdoor toys. You will get wet! Be sure to come wearing secure footwear that can get wet, a bathing suit, and plenty of sunscreen. Bring sunscreen, a water bottle, a dry towel, a plastic bag, & a change of clothes. We will be creating art after we dry off!

  • 40: 13s Bonding TripLimit 39

    This all-day trip is the 13s Bonding Trip and is an integral part of their extraordinary week that culminates in their Coming of Age Ceremony Friday night. Plan for a short but possible moderately strenuous hike, water fun, lunch, and a great day. You will need the correct footwear (See Shoe Requirements), drinking water, glasses strap (if you wear glasses), swimsuit, sunscreen, dry clothes, and a towel. Drive Time: 70 mins one way.

  • 41: Glenville Lake for MiddlersLimit 78

    This half-day trip is open to all Middlers. Be prepared for a fun-filled morning exploring nature, swimming, and enjoying snacks. Drive Time: 30 mins one way.

  • 42: Messing with BoatsLimit 39

    Let's go paddle - choose your favorite boat and paddle upstream on the Little Tennessee River and then float back down. Our Nature staff instructors will teach you how to have a safe paddling experience while you learn about boats and how to paddle them. Don't forget your towel and sunscreen! Drive Time: 45 mins one way.

  • 43: Middler Pool TimeLimit 20

    Middlers, do you want some pool time? Join us in the pool to practice your butterfly and frogstroke, I mean, breaststroke. You can choose this as your afternoon option.

  • 44: Middler DanceLimit 78

    Mid-week and it is time to dance! Here's your chance to dance in the same spot as the teens. Want to hear a specific song? Send your song requests to middlers@suusi.org before SUUSI so the DJs can put together a playlist just for you.

  • 45: 13s Evening ProgrammingUnlimited

    13s will gather to explore life outside of Middlers day programming.

  • 46: 13s Evening Programming Limit 15

    13s will gather for Coming of Age Ceremony and other end of week activities. Parents, guardians and families of 13s are invited for the first hour for the Ceremony and then 13s will go with teens and their age group leaders for the remainder of the evening.

  • 47: 11s Foraging at WCULimit 10

    Okay 11s, who's ready to forage? Jenni Sanders is going to lead you on a walk on WCU's campus and introduce you to the world of foraging. What can you find that is safe for consumption? How will you know? Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes as you may get off the beaten path.

  • 48: Middlers Tie DyeLimit 15

    Middlers, here's your chance to tie dye. Bring one 100% cotton item to dye. No towels, sheets or other large items that will soak up too much dye.

  • 49: Middler Ingathering (cancelled)Unlimited

  • 50: Middlers Closing Circle Limit 40

    Let’s close out our week with entertainment provided by the 11s, 12s and 13s.

  • 81: Teen Outdoor AdventureUnlimited

    Come join us in nature as we begin our wonderful week together. Spend the afternoon reconnecting with old friends or meeting some new ones as we enjoy some outdoor time together. There will be several options for you to enjoy such as tubing down the Deep Creek River, relaxing on the beach in the shade (or sun) with music and friends, playing interactive games, hiking to view waterfalls, or playing some sports. We will enjoy a picnic dinner on site. If you choose to go tubing or swimming you will need correct footwear (see description under Nature Aquatics), drinking water, glasses strap (if you wear glasses), swimwear, sunscreen, dry clothes, and a towel.

  • 82: Teen IngatheringLimit 100

    Teens will gather together to begin the intentional act of building community. This will include a discussion of norms, consent, and what it means to be a community.

  • 89: Teens Touch Group SundayUnlimited

    Teen Leaders each facilitate a small group of other teens in the program, called a “touch group.” Through the touch groups, Teen Leaders help new members become comfortable in the dorm, address social issues as they come up, share in daily experiences and offer support, as necessary. Touch groups provide a more self-guided experience appropriate to the changing needs of teenagers on their way to adulthood. Adult staff members give feedback and guidance throughout this process.

  • 90: Teens Touch Group TuesdayLimit 1000

    Teen Leaders each facilitate a small group of other teens in the program, called a “touch group.” Through the touch groups, Teen Leaders help new members become comfortable in the dorm, address social issues as they come up, share in daily experiences and offer support, as necessary. Touch groups provide a more self-guided experience appropriate to the changing needs of teenagers on their way to adulthood. Adult staff members give feedback and guidance throughout this process.

  • 91: Teens Touch Group WednesdayLimit 1000

    Teen Leaders each facilitate a small group of other teens in the program, called a “touch group.” Through the touch groups, Teen Leaders help new members become comfortable in the dorm, address social issues as they come up, share in daily experiences and offer support, as necessary. Touch groups provide a more self-guided experience appropriate to the changing needs of teenagers on their way to adulthood. Adult staff members give feedback and guidance throughout this process.

  • 92: Teens Touch Group ThursdayUnlimited

    Teen Leaders each facilitate a small group of other teens in the program, called a “touch group.” Through the touch groups, Teen Leaders help new members become comfortable in the dorm, address social issues as they come up, share in daily experiences and offer support, as necessary. Touch groups provide a more self-guided experience appropriate to the changing needs of teenagers on their way to adulthood. Adult staff members give feedback and guidance throughout this process.

  • 93: Teen Touch group FridayLimit 1000

    Teen Leaders each facilitate a small group of other teens in the program, called a “touch group.” Through the touch groups, Teen Leaders help new members become comfortable in the dorm, address social issues as they come up, share in daily experiences and offer support, as necessary. Touch groups provide a more self-guided experience appropriate to the changing needs of teenagers on their way to adulthood. Adult staff members give feedback and guidance throughout this process.

  • 101: Under the Wisdom Tree: Rain and WaterfallsLimit 99

    Maybe the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain, but here we get soaked in the mountains. Why so much rain, and will a changing climate dry up the waterfalls? The first of four theme talks by Charlie Grymes, who has shared his wisdom on nature trips for many years. Grab your lunch, join us under the Wisdom Tree, and be enthralled. Drop in as you can!

  • 102: Under the Wisdom Tree: North Carolina History - Why Tar Is On the HeelsLimit 99

    Virginia and South Carolina residents highlight their proud histories. North Carolina is, in contrast, a “vale of humility between two mountains of conceit.” Why is this state’s heritage such a humble story? The second of four theme talks by Charlie Grymes. Grab your lunch, join us under the Wisdom Tree, and be enthralled. Drop in as you can!

  • 103: Under the Wisdom Tree: Rise and Fall of Our ForestsLimit 99

    Modern forestry was developed in Western North Carolina, and wood is a renewable resource – but we have practiced dumb forest management, too. What’s the “wise” way to convert trees into lumber, paper, and pencils? The third of four theme talks by Charlie Grymes. Grab your lunch, join us under the Wisdom Tree, and be enthralled. Drop in as you can!

  • 104: Under the Wisdom Tree: Panthers and Other CrittersLimit 99

    Lions and Tigers and Bears – Oh My! We got ticks, snakes, skeeters, tweety birds – and now armadillos. We got wildlife in Cullowhee, but where are the panthers? The fourth of four theme talks by Charlie Grymes. Grab your lunch, join us under the Wisdom Tree, and be enthralled. Drop in as you can!

  • 500: Birds of Western North CarolinaLimit 14

    We will join Ellen and Jim Shelton of the Franklin Birding Club to explore the sights and sounds along the Little Tennessee River Greenway. These folks are local birding enthusiasts who meet each week for greenway walks. Perhaps we'll see an Indigo Bunting, Northern Parula, Cliff Swallow, or an Eastern Towhee. Previous SUUSI folks have seen or heard all these and more: 36 unique species! The path is a combination of pavement, earth, gravel, and some stairs and is uneven in places. Bring your binoculars and let's go birding! Drive time: 20 mins one way.

  • 502: Mushroom ForayLimit 14

    There will be a short information session of fungi facts on campus, followed by a foray into the woods to observe and collect mushrooms. We’ll end by working collectively to identify the specimens collected. Drive Time: 15 mins one way.

  • 503: Wildflowers South on the ParkwayLimit 13

    Join us and drive south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Waterrock Knob. We will stop and get out at 5 overlooks to see what is growing. The stops will allow us to see a waterfall in one place and a rock wall wet with water flowing from springs and covered with rare plants in another. At Waterrock, we will walk into a spruce-fir forest similar to those found in northern New England or Canada, which is a very different experience from walking into a southern forest. Drive Time: 35 mins to the parkway.

  • 504: Wildflowers North on the ParkwayLimit 13

    Bring your camera with you as we drive north on the parkway from Balsam Gap. We will stop and explore for wildflowers at five overlooks. There are at least 35 species of wildflowers to be seen, some in as great abundance as you would see in travel brochures. At least at one stop, we will give you a chance to identify flowers yourself, so if you have a guidebook or plant app you would like to use, please bring it along. Loads of photographing opportunities! Drive Time: 40 mins one way.

  • 505: Waterfalls Tour (Family Friendly)Limit 14

    An easy and mostly effortless way to get off campus and get your Nature on! There are some beautiful waterfalls in Highlands, NC. It is a long and winding road but well worth it to see some of the most picturesque waterfalls around. Bring your camera! Most of the waterfalls can be viewed from the van, but if time allows, we will be able to get out and walk around at some of the falls. Drive Time: 55 mins one way.

  • 506: Campfire Fun (Family Friendly)Limit 27

    Great for the entire family! Join us for a campfire right on campus! Bring your songs and stories as we just let the fun (and marshmallow roasting) happen. There’s nothing like a campfire circle for creating community. It’s BYOC (bring your own chair). Bring the kids!! Walk or ride to this campus location. Children under 8 riding in a car or van must have a car seat or booster seat. Please bring it to the Nature Tent/Office 15 minutes prior to departure.

  • 507: Creating SUUSI Campfire MemoriesLimit 20

    Join us for a campfire right on campus! Bring your songs and stories as we just let the fun happen. There's nothing like a campfire circle for creating community. It's BYOC: bring your own chair. This is an adult event. Look for the child-friendly campfire earlier on Monday evening.

  • 509: A Natural HighLimit 14

    The woods are known for eliciting a sense of awe and ecstasy in those who open themselves to the energies of these pristine natural settings. This guided meditation is especially appropriate for outdoor lovers who are open to the possibilities of a heightened connection with nature. The leader, Phoenix Putney, recommends the following book as being complementary to the spirit of this experience: "The Isle of Is: A Guide to Awakening" by Caroline Cottom and Thom Cronkite, published byThe Center Within, Koro Island, Fiji. The book also will be available in the SUUSI bookstore. Drive Time: 30 min one-way.

  • 510: Fly Fishing for BeginnersLimit 5

    Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial "fly" is used to catch fish. The fly is cast by using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Casting a nearly weightless fly or "lure" requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting. SUUSI’s resident expert Mark Harris has offered to teach the basics of this technique. Join him on the river for an afternoon of adventure. The water temperature will be cool. Be advised that there can be potentially challenging wading if water levels are high, and be prepared to swim if necessary. If you drop the trip after online registration closes, the fishing license fee (included in the cost of the trip) is non-refundable. Drive Time: 25 mins one way.

  • 511: Foraging at Home Limit 22

    Join us for a Nature trip with no van ride! We will stroll around campus and explore the bounty of edibles found most anywhere. Foraging for wild edible plants is possible in your yard. If you are curious about foraging or want to learn if you have anything edible in your yard or local park (likely, yes), then join Jennifer Sanders as we explore the world of edible wild plants. We'll learn about common weeds you can eat and have time to share what's in your yard and ask questions. This walk is physically accessible. We'll end the trip by enjoying a beverage prepared from Mother Nature's garden.

  • 512: Foraging Around CampusLimit 20

    Can’t get enough foraging? While still on campus with no van ride, we’ll go further afield than Monday’s class, walk some more challenging paths, and seek new forageable plants to identify. We’ll end with a taste of something foraged. Jennifer Sanders started foraging over a decade ago and still geeks out over all the weeds to eat!

  • 516: Waterfall HorseTrail Ride Monday (Family Friendly)Limit 14

    Horseback Riding at its finest! This 2.5-hour trail ride climbs up a mountain trail with beautiful scenery and a waterfall. Smokemont Riding Stable is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park just outside of Cherokee. There is a weight limit of 240 lbs per person. You MUST WEAR LONG PANTS and CLOSED-TOE SHOES, boots would be best. A waiver is required. Drive Time: 60 mins one way. This trip is also offered on Tuesday.

  • 517: Waterfall Horse Trail Ride Tuesday (Family Friendly)Limit 11

    Horseback Riding at its finest! This 2.5-hour trail ride climbs up a mountain trail with beautiful scenery and a waterfall. Smokemont Riding Stable is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park just outside of Cherokee. There is a weight limit of 240 lbs per person. You MUST WEAR LONG PANTS and CLOSED-TOE SHOES, boots would be best. A waiver is required. Drive Time: 60 mins one way.

  • 520: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (Family Friendly)Limit 9

    Departing from Bryson City, this 4 ½ hour excursion carries you 44 miles by train to the Nantahala Gorge and back again. Travel along the Little Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers across Fontana Lake and into the magic of the Nantahala River Gorge. A one hour layover at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) allows for sightseeing, having lunch by the river from one of the many eateries, or just plain relaxing. Consider picking up a boxed lunch from the dining hall before leaving if you don't want to purchase lunch at the NOC (bring $$ for purchase on site). Drive Time: 45 mins one way.

  • 527: Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine (Family Friendly)Limit 14

    Get back to nature and get a little dirty on this fun and educational trip to an authentic gem mine. This family-friendly trip is full of options during your visit. We will take a tour of the mine and learn about the geology and history of the gem-mining trade in western North Carolina. You may dig in their mine for gem ore to fill your buckets or select prefilled buckets. Sifting from the creek and exploring the nature trails are additional options. There is an animal rescue on site, and little ones can visit the petting zoo. The mine has a Dark Room where you can check your spoils with a UV light. Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is the International Gem Society’s #4 Pick in the "Top Places to Mine in the United States". You will mine for gems found only in the Cowee Valley. An array of gems have been found at this mine. Keep your eyes open for pigeon blood-colored rubies, star rubies, star sapphires, star garnets, rhodolite, pyrope garnets, rutile, sillimanite, kyanite, corundum, quartz crystals, and moonstone. Buckets of 100% on-site excavation gemstone ore – NOT “Salted”, “Enhanced”, “Concentrated”, or “Enriched” with low-grade, semi-precious stones from elsewhere are included in the cost of admission. This trip ranges from gentle to strenuous. If you plan to "dig your own" be advised this is a strenuous activity. Drive time: 45 minutes

  • 529: Explore Highlands: Shop and StrollLimit 14

    Shopping, Shopping, Shopping – starting with a stop at Reclamations, a salvage yard to beat all salvage yards. Want a cupola for your house? A 1967 Airstream trailer? Antique hinges, bread mixing bowls, yard sculptures made out of hubcaps, and so much more? Reclamations is your spot. Afterward, we will move on to Highlands N.C. for a luxury shopping excursion with lovely outdoor restaurants for afternoon tea or ice cream. On our return, we will stop for a few minutes at Bridal Veil Falls, which is stunning AND right off the road! Drive Time: 45 mins one way.

  • 530: Jackson County Greenway (Accessible, Family Friendly - Register under Hiking #600)Unlimited

    Register for this trip under Hiking, #600 // Stroll or roll as you are able on this wide-paved, shared-use path following the forested sides of the Tuckasegee River, very close to the WCU campus. Find creatively designed bluebird houses mounted in the trees, and watch the river. The start point has ADA restroom facilities and is continuously paved between the parking lot and the path. The smooth-surface bridge over the Tuckasegee has ramp approaches. Periodically there are sitting benches. The route is out-and-back, and a group with varying physical abilities can enjoy a nature hike together. Drive time: 10 minutes. Distance: up to 2.3 miles. SUUSI can not provide ADA transport; personal vehicles will be required.

  • 531: Little Tennessee River Greenway (Accessible, Family Friendly - Register under Hiking #601)Unlimited

    Stroll or roll as you are able on this wide paved shared-use path following the sides of the Little Tennessee River, near Franklin NC. Watch wildlife and the plants along the rapidly moving water. The start point has ADA restroom facilities and is continuously paved between the parking lot and the path. There is the large Wesley’s Playground near the parking lot in Big Register for this trip under Hiking, #601 // Bear Park, in case younger hikers need to be entertained. A little way down the Greenway, across the road, (transportation required) is a butterfly garden maintained by the Friends of the Greenway (FROG). FROG’s headquarters has a coffee and gift shop on Main St as well. A group with varying physical abilities can enjoy a nature hike together. Drive time: 30 minutes. Distance: up to 2 miles. SUUSI can not provide ADA transport; personal vehicles will be required.

  • 545: Glenville Lake Waterfall Boat Cruise WednesdayLimit 11

    Experience a private cruise with a United States Coast Guard Licensed Master Sea Captain with over 40 years of boating experience aboard a 28 ft. luxury pontoon yacht. Guests will enjoy a 2-hour boat cruise along 15 miles of water - on the highest alpine lake in the oldest mountains on earth. Captain Wise is entertaining and educational and delivers a phenomenal tour of some of the fantastic hidden waterfalls, which are only accessible by boat because they are surrounded by private property. Bald Eagles nest on the lake and we hope to see them. Lunch on campus. Drive time: 30 mins one way. This trip is also offered on Thursday.

  • 546: Glenville Lake Waterfall Boat Cruise ThursdayLimit 11

    Experience a private cruise with a United States Coast Guard Licensed Master Sea Captain with over 40 years of boating experience aboard a 28 ft. luxury pontoon yacht. Guests will enjoy a 2-hour boat cruise along 15 miles of water - on the highest alpine lake in the oldest mountains on earth. Captain Wise is entertaining and educational and delivers a phenomenal tour of some of the fantastic hidden waterfalls, which are only accessible by boat because they are surrounded by private property. Bald Eagles nest on the lake and we hope to see them. Lunch on campus. Drive time: 30 mins one way. This trip is also offered on Wednesday.

  • 548: Asheville Cultural Walking TourLimit 9

    The past, present, and future of African Americans in Asheville is a story of resilience and ingenuity. Learn about this powerful story and gain new insight into this mountain town in an intimate, interactive, walking tour exploring East End Valley Street in Downtown Asheville, home to shops and galleries featuring merchandise and art from African American artisans and artists, YMI Cultural Center, Stephens Lee Community Center, The Block, and significant African American architecture.Walking distance is approximately 1.5 miles and hilly terrain at times. Drive time 60 minutes one one way.

  • 549: Asheville Music History Walking TourLimit 14

    Join us for a cultural immersion in Asheville's eclectic music roots. Expect fun facts and insider insights from our host, Alli Marshall, a longtime Asheville resident and arts/music journalist. Asheville is known for its history of bluegrass, country, folk, and other forms of mountain music - but the city’s legacy, though, goes well beyond that. “People are surprised about the eclecticism of Asheville’s music scene — how many genres are represented,” says Marshall, former Arts & Entertainment editor for Mountain Xpress. “But that’s always been the case. For more than a century, Asheville has been at the intersection of innovation and sophistication as well as deep-seated tradition.” The two-hour, 1.5-mile stroll winds its way through several downtown areas such as Lexington Avenue and The Block – Asheville's historic African-American business district. We'll stop by the Moogseum, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, famed music venue The Orange Peel, and more. There will be plenty of photo ops and an accompanying soundtrack. The Asheville walking terrain is hilly - please consider your abilities. Lunch provided. Drive time 60 minutes one way.

  • 551: The African American Experience in the SmokiesLimit 14

    An initiative of The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the African American Experience Project is a collaborative effort with the National Park Service, park partners, and the community to document and share the untold stories of African Americans in and outside the Smokies. The goal of the project is to add the stories of African Americans to the stories of the early white settlers and Cherokees who lived in the area, This trip will take us to Mingus Mill and the access trailhead to the Enloe Cemetery site where enslaved African Americans are known to be buried. A project facilitator will lead an open discussion on the history and current research, including a partnership with WCU, which performed ground-penetrating radar at the Enloe Cemetery. There is a very short but steep, natural, rooted trail to the site. It is recommended that you bring something to sit on. The trip departs and ends at Oconaluftee Visitor Center where there are bathroom facilities. Time permitting, some additional exploration of the area is possible. Lunch provided. Drive time 40 minutes on way. (Photo courtesy of National Park Service)

  • 552: Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling (Family Friendly)Limit 28

    We'll go to the Qualla Boundary at the Oconaluftee Islands Park near downtown Cherokee, and join this popular community and family-friendly event. Gather around a crackling fire and hear the Cherokee people tell their story. The program is designed to inform, enlighten, and entertain. Guests are encouraged to interact with the storytellers as part of this cultural experience. Benches are positioned around the bonfire circle, and during the break, marshmallows are handed out for roasting! Be advised this is a public event, and crowd size varies and can't be determined. Please arrive early to the Nature Tent/Office if you are bringing a child requiring a safety seat. Just in case, bringing a ground cloth to sit on is recommended. Drive time 30 minutes one way.

  • 560: Forest Bathing at Pinnacle Park - Register under hiking #602Unlimited

    Register for this trip under hiking, #602. // We start the week with an early morning reverent immersion in the forest, at the base of Pinnacle Peak near Sylva. Enjoy the silent mindfulness practice of Forest Bathing on the Bridges Loop Trail. It’s the perfect opportunity to center yourself and begin your SUUSI week energized by the coolness of the early morning in slow movement, silent meditation, and acute observation of the forest flora and fauna. Drive Time: 20 mins.

  • 561: Forest Bathing at Moses CreekLimit 14

    Refresh in the middle of the week with a deep, sensory immersion in the forest, on the side of Moses Creek not far from WCU. Enjoy the outdoor mindfulness practice of Forest Bathing on a relatively flat trail where we can commune with the living earth. Learn how to walk like a fox, listen like a deer, and see like an owl. We will spend the morning in slow movement, silent meditation, and acute observation of the forest flora and fauna. Drive Time: 25 mins.

  • 570: Cullowee Creek Evening Dip - MondayLimit 10

    Take an easy 10-minute walk on paved sidewalks and a grassy trail from the WCU campus to a small swimming hole. The water is refreshingly very cold and there is a deep section. Footwear that you can wear in the water is encouraged as the rock surfaces are slippery and a towel is recommended. Rain and/or thunder cancels.

  • 571: Cullowee Creek Evening Dip - ThursdayLimit 10

    Take an easy 10-minute walk on paved sidewalks and a grassy trail from the WCU campus to a small swimming hole. The water is refreshingly very cold and there is a deep section. Footwear that you can wear in the water is encouraged as the rock surfaces are slippery and a towel is recommended. Rain and/or thunder cancels.

  • 600: Jackson County Greenway (Accessible, Family Friendly)Limit 20

    Stroll or roll as you are able on this wide-paved, shared-use path following the forested sides of the Tuckasegee River, very close to the WCU campus. Find creatively designed bluebird houses mounted in the trees, and watch the river. The start point has ADA restroom facilities and is continuously paved between the parking lot and the path. The smooth-surface bridge over the Tuckasegee has ramp approaches. Periodically there are sitting benches. The route is out-and-back, and a group with varying physical abilities can enjoy a nature hike together. Drive time: 10 minutes. Distance: up to 2.3 miles. SUUSI can not provide ADA transport; personal vehicles will be required.

  • 601: Little Tennessee River Greenway (Accessible, Family Friendly)Limit 20

    Stroll or roll as you are able on this wide paved shared-use path following the sides of the Little Tennessee River, near Franklin, NC. Watch wildlife and the plants along the rapidly moving water. The start point has ADA restroom facilities and is continuously paved between the parking lot and the path. A group with varying physical abilities can enjoy a nature hike together. Drive time: 30 minutes. Distance: up to 2 miles. SUUSI can not provide ADA transport; personal vehicles will be required. Time permitting and/or for those who drive separately, there is a large playground near the parking lot in Big Bear Park for small children who might like extra entertainment. A little way down the Greenway and across the road (transportation needed), there is a butterfly garden maintained by the Friends of the Greenway (FROG). FROG’s headquarters has a coffee and gift shop on Main St. as well.

  • 602: Forest Bathing at Pinnacle ParkLimit 20

    We start the week with an early morning reverent immersion in the forest, at the base of Pinnacle Peak near Sylva. Enjoy the silent mindfulness practice of Forest Bathing on the Bridges Loop Trail. It’s the perfect opportunity to center yourself and begin your SUUSI week energized by the coolness of the early morning in slow movement, silent meditation, and acute observation of the forest flora and fauna. Drive Time: 20 mins.

  • 603: Forest Bathing at Moses Creek - Register under Discovery #561Unlimited

    Register for this trip under Discovery, #561. // Refresh in the middle of the week with a deep, sensory immersion in the forest, on the side of Moses Creek not far from WCU. Enjoy the outdoor mindfulness practice of Forest Bathing on a relatively flat trail where we can commune with the living earth. Learn how to walk like a fox, listen like a deer, and see like an owl. We will spend the morning in slow movement, silent meditation, and acute observation of the forest flora and fauna. Drive Time: 25 mins.

  • 604: Tunnel to Nowhere and Noland Creek (Family Friendly)Limit 14

    We start this hike enjoying the solitude and peaceful darkness of a "tunnel to nowhere." Afterward, we will take a quick drive to our next quest. There is one short steep grade, but the majority of the 2-mile hike involves walking along a flat service road where we will experience the serene sounds and beauty of walking along Noland Creek, reaching the edge of Lake Fontana. Cooling off your feet in the water may be possible, but this is not a swimming trip. Drive Time: 50 mins one way.

  • 605: Trail Marker Trees at The Swag (Family Friendly)Limit 9

    For thousands of years, Native Americans have been masters of the mountains, traveling on steep and narrow trails between sacred sites, commercial centers, and other places in their vast homeland. They used living trees as markers. We will have a trail pass to The Swag Resort in Waynesville, where we will hike the nearby Cataloochee Divide trail to search for surviving marker trees. The hike will be one mile, some uphill, with views of the nearby Great Smoky Mountains. You will have extra time to explore the beautiful grounds of The Swag. A picnic lunch of culinary treats guided by fresh produce and deliveries from local farms will be prepared for us by The Swag's chefs and will include their famous Swag Bars. The resort's package also includes a Swag walking stick for each registrant to keep. Drive Time: 65 mins one way.

  • 606: Waterrock Knob and Soco FallsLimit 13

    From the Blue Ridge Parkway, we'll hike almost 500' uphill to Waterrock Knob, a 6000' peak in western North Carolina and the 15th highest in North Carolina. After descending, we'll proceed to the refreshing and a beautiful Soco Falls, where we can climb down to the foot of the falls, using ropes to guide us through. A delightful opportunity to play in the water, and only the very careful will not get wet feet (there is an option only to observe if desired). Lunch provided, bring water. Drive Time: 45 mins one way. Elevation Gain: 492 ft.

  • 607: Black Balsam Evening (Family Friendly)Limit 14

    A moderate evening hike in the Black Balsam Knob area, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The quickest way to the summit of 6214' Black Balsam Knob itself is through the Art Loeb Trail at the gap. This walk is about a half-mile each way, with a gain of about 400' in elevation. It passes through beautiful open, grassy and rocky mountain meadows. Drive Time: 65 mins one way.

  • 608: Silent Black BalsamLimit 14

    The sights and relative solitude offered by this moderate hike are hard to match. The view is spectacular and in all directions from the summit. We end the week with a morning half-day reverent, for some silent communication with nature. It’s an excellent opportunity to center yourself and complete your SUUSI week energized by the coolness of serene, natural beauty. Drive Time: 65 mins one way. Elevation Gain: 400 ft.

  • 609: Three Falls Hike (Family Friendly)Limit 14

    Enjoy 2.5 moderate miles of hiking to three of the many waterfalls in Western North Carolina. We will hike to the 30-foot high Juney Whank Falls, the 70 foot Toms Branch Falls and the 30 foot Indian Creek Falls. Look for the beauty of Mother Nature along these trails. You may have the opportunity to see a variety of flora - trilliums, foam-flower, galax, crested dwarf iris, beardtongue, Solomon's seal, cinquefoil, bloodroot, bluets, Jack-in-the-pulpit, wild geranium, Clinton's lily, and the large houstonia, to name a few. There will also be an opportunity to swim! Drive Time: 40 mins one way. Elevation Gain: 200 ft.

  • 612: Whiteside MountainLimit 13

    Towering to 4,830 feet in elevation, Whiteside Mountain yields fantastic mountain views and is a designated National Recreation Trail. Named Sanigilâ'gi by the Cherokee people, this formation boasts the highest cliffs in Eastern North America. Finish your outdoor week with a 2.5-mile loop hike and a spectacular vista. If we're lucky, we may see the peregrine falcons that nest on the cliffs below. From vantage points, atop the 700 foot high nearly vertical cliffs, you will be able to gaze out over the mountainous Appalachian landscape and the low-lying piedmont of upstate Georgia and South Carolina. Drive Time: 45 mins one way. Elevation Gain: 600 ft.

  • 613: Gribble Gap Loop on WCU Trail SystemLimit 14

    This morning hike is on the well-maintained Western Carolina University campus trail system on a small mountain adjoining the campus. Enjoy a pleasant 3.2-mile lollipop-route hike in the woods with good company on a Thursday morning and be back in time for your morning workshops. Driving time to the trailhead is 5 minutes. Total elevation change of about 370 feet, with some brief but steep inclines. Be aware that the WCU hiking trails are shared with mountain bike users.

  • 614: Andrew's BaldLimit 13

    The hike starts with Clingman’s Dome at 6,643 ft. This elevation is not only the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but has some of its most famous vistas. The 4.6-mile round-trip hike descending through coniferous trees is, at times, mystical and whimsical. It ends in a mountaintop meadow (or “bald”) with a serene and panoramic view. The hike finishes with a medium-intensity 600-foot climb back up to the Clingman’s Dome trailhead. Drive Time: 70 mins each way, with spectacular views along the way. Hiking distance: 4.6 miles with total climbing of about 1200 feet. Lunch provided, bring water.

  • 615: Rainbow Falls and Turtleback FallsLimit 13

    This 4-mile round-trip hike begins in North Carolina's Gorges State Park and proceeds down to the rugged Horsepasture River, which is designated as a National Wild and Scenic River. Located on this hike is the 150 foot tall Rainbow Falls, the spray from which broadcasts a beautiful spectrum of color and mighty wind that can be felt from the viewing area near the base of the falls. The trail then continues steeply uphill to Turtleback Falls, which is an enticing 20-foot waterfall into a deep pool, which presents the opportunity to dunk, if desired!. However, SUUSI hikers must stay back from the unprotected actual falls themselves. The scenery in the gorge is breathtaking and memorable. Lunch provided, bring water. Drive Time: 55 mins one way. Elevation Gain: 900 ft.

  • 616: Wayah Bald and BreweryLimit 13

    This trip pairs a strenuous hike on the Appalachian Trail with a local brewery and food truck dinner experience. The hike climbs along a mountainous and deeply wooded section of the AT, from the Historic Site Wilson Lick Ranger Station to the Observation Tower atop Wayah Bald. The ranger station was built in 1913 as the first ranger station in the Nantahala National Forest, and the original wooden structure remains. The Wayah Bald Observation Tower was first built of stone by the CCC in 1937 at 5,360’ for forest fire detection. It burned down in 2016 and has since been rebuilt. In clear weather, the tower offers spectacular 360 degree views of the southern Appalachian Mountains in Georgia, Tennessee and both North and South Carolina. After the hike we will kick back and enjoy a well-deserved dinner, beverage, and companionship – returning to WCU after dark. (Bring money, and a driver's license if you plan on an adult beverage.) Drive time: 70 minutes. Distance: 4 miles. Climb: 1200 feet.

  • 617: Bartram Trail to William's PulpitLimit 13

    From the Bartram Trail's Wallace Branch Trailhead to William's Pulpit is a 4.1 mile out-and-back hike located near Franklin, North Carolina. It is part of the 100-mile Bartram Trail that winds through northeastern Georgia and western North Carolina. This hike includes a steady uphill climb of 1100 feet. There are spring and summer wildflowers along the trail, a cascading waterfall at the bottom, and a gorgeous view at the rocky outcropping. Drive Time: 40 mins one way. Note that a lunch is NOT provided, you could bring your own snack.

  • 618: Black Balsam Knob and Tennet MountainLimit 13

    The views can't get much better than a 360-degree panorama above treeline at 6000 feet elevation in an alpine meadow. Almost the entire 5-mile loop is the stunning Shining Rock Wilderness along sections of the famous Art Loeb Trail. We hope you won't be too distracted to look at the trail once in a while, as the terrain can be rough and unpredictable at times. Drive Time: 65 mins one way. Hiking distance: 5 miles with total climbing of about 700 feet.

  • 619: Panthertown ValleyLimit 13

    Panthertown Valley has been called the Yosemite of the East. Join us as we hike a 5-mile loop trail past incredible vistas of deep gorges, broad valleys, mountain bogs, waterfalls, and granite rock domes. The hike will take in the view from the Saltrock Gap and the sheer granite walls of Big Green Mountain. Drive Time: 45 mins one way. Hiking distance: 5 miles with total climbing of about 800 feet. Lunch provided, bring water.

  • 620: Sam Knob and Flat Laurel CreekLimit 13

    Sam Knob is a prominent bald with views over the 6000+ foot Plott Balsam Range. But this hike is more than a climb - it also traverses dark fir forests and rhododendron stands, crosses mountain streams, bogs, and wide-open meadows. The sheer variety of natural features offered by this hike is hard to match. Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway, this hike is one you will not want to miss. Drive Time: 60 mins one way. Hiking distance: 5.3 miles with total climbing of about 800 feet. (4%- 10% grade) Lunch provided, bring water.

  • 621: Sylva Pinnacle TrailLimit 13

    If a short drive, big workout, and spectacular views sound like a worthy challenge, then this 7.4-mile loop-trail is for you! The drive is only 20 minutes each way, and the high-elevation rocky pinnacle is surrounded by cliffs in three directions, with open vistas of the surrounding region, including the town of Sylva below. The first three miles are 1700 feet steeply up a mountain, so you'll need to be in very good to excellent shape for this adventure. There are creeks and boulders to explore along the way to the payoff panorama view and lunch at the top. Hiking distance: 7.4 miles with total climbing of about 2500 feet. Lunch provided, bring water. Recommended for experienced hikers.

  • 622: Mt. LeConte via Alum Cave TrailLimit 13

    This is one of the iconic mountain hikes of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with a famous and historic cluster of rustic cabins near the top. We hike both up and down on the same day, climbing almost 2800 feet over 5.5 miles. Along the way, we hike under Arch Rock, around Inspiration Point with a view of the Eye of the Needle, along the side of Alum Cave (a massive concaved bluff), following rock ledges with hand cables to hold, and up the final incline to the no-vehicles-allowed lodge area with its vegetation a relic of Northwoods species isolated since the time of the last Ice Age. For photos and more details on the hike see https://hikinginthesmokys.com/mt-leconte-via-alum-cave-trail/ After a several year long hiatus, we bring back the most challenging hike ever offered at SUUSI from WCU. Hiking distance: 11 miles with total climbing of about 2800 feet. Drive time 70 minutes one way. Lunch provided, bring water. Recommended for experienced hikers only.

  • 623: Service Project: Mountains to Sea TrailLimit 13

    The Mountains-to-Sea Trail leads the hiker from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. About half of the planned 900-mile trail is ready. We will be working with the Wednesday Crew of the Carolina Mountain Hiking Club to improve a section of the trail. There will be a short lecture regarding the trail and the hands-on work we will be doing. Lunch will be provided. Bring a daypack to carry your lunch. Drive Time: 22 min one way.

  • 700: Morning Canoe (Family Friendly)Limit 13

    Do you want to canoe on a beautiful lake with us? Bring a family member or a friend to check out the spectacular views while paddling this mountaintop lake. Drive Time: 30 mins each way.

  • 702: Am Canoe & Waterfall HikeLimit 13

    This is an excellent trip for paddlers that like to hike. We will paddle south to an island on Bear Lake, then to a cove by a wooded shore surrounded by rhododendron and other beautiful flora where we will land our canoes. Then we will take a short 30-minute hike (mostly uphill ) to a 100+ foot pristine waterfall. We will eat lunch on the island or by the waterfall (your choice). Bring shoes suitable for both water & hiking. Drive Time: 45 mins one way, depending on rural road conditions.

  • 703: Evening Canoe (Family Friendly)Limit 13

    Join our group as we enjoy a peaceful and relaxing trip to beautiful Bear Creek lake. Listen to the quiet sounds of the lake and enjoy the sights at dusk. Bring a flashlight or headlamp just in case it is dark when we get back to our take-out point. Drive Time: 30 mins one way.

  • 705: Last Canoe Trip (Family Friendly)Limit 13

    During the last full day of SUUSI, you might want to come to enjoy this canoe trip on the beautiful Little Tennessee River. You are going to have some fun paddling and sightseeing. We will give some basic paddling instructions before we canoe downriver through a few easy-to-navigate obstacles. If time permits, we should be able to frolic and play in the stream at the takeout. Only one child is permitted if there are two adults in the canoe. Two children may go with one adult. Drive Time: 45 mins one way.

  • 706: Stand-up PaddleboardLimit 10

    Would you like to learn the basics of Stand-Up Paddleboarding? Our participants will learn some basic paddle strokes and skills, paddleboard & equipment care, as well as other safety information. After a little instruction, we will put our newly-learned skills to use on the lake. For those who are interested, we will conclude with some relaxing yoga postures and time for reflection and gratitude while enjoying the peaceful waterfront. Join us as we spend an afternoon taking part in one of the fastest-growing outdoor paddling activities on the water. Drive Time: 45 mins one way.

  • 707: White Water Rafting MondayLimit 14

    Let's head to the river for a rafting adventure, running the rapids on one of North Carolina's ancient rivers. The Nantahala River Gorge is as scenic as it is challenging, and the morning affords more space for solitude, reflection, and the ability to experience the sights with fewer people on the river. Don't bring anything on this trip that you can't afford to lose in the river. The outfitter will provide a complimentary splash jacket. Drive Time: 45 mins each way.

  • 710: Kayaking the French BroadLimit 14

    It's a great day to go down the river on the French Broad River. We will eat lunch riverside on picnic tables at our outfitter's before we launch onto this scenic river, where we will float by the Biltmore House, stables, bike trails, and other beautiful spots. The wildlife and scenery make this a perfect trip for everyone! Bring extra drinking water (32oz. or more). Drive Time: 60 mins one way.

  • 712: Duck The Tuck 1Limit 13

    We will be paddling downstream in inflatable kayaks (Duckies) on the Tuckasegee River. Previous experience with basic paddling will be helpful on this trip. There will be some whitewater paddling instruction. Come ready to learn, have fun, and enjoy a scenic & exciting paddling trip. The white water rating is Class I-II+. Do not bring anything that you can not afford to lose to the river. This trip is also offered on Thursday. Drive Time: 15 mins one way.

  • 713: Duck The Tuck 2Limit 13

    See trip # 712 for more details. A second Duck the Tuck! Join us as we kayak the Tuckasegee River. The white water rating is Class I-II+. Do not bring anything that you can not afford to lose to the river. Drive Time: 15 mins one way.

  • 714: Teen AdventureUnlimited

    Teens will join us in nature as we begin our wonderful week together. Spend the afternoon reconnecting with old friends or meeting some new ones as we enjoy some outdoor time together. There will be several options for you to enjoy such as tubing down the Little Tennessee River, swimming, relaxing in the shade (or sun) with music and friends, playing interactive games, throwing around a frisbee, or playing some sports. We will enjoy a picnic dinner on site. If you choose to go tubing or swimming you will need correct footwear (see description under Nature Aquatics), drinking water, glasses strap (if you wear glasses), swimwear, sunscreen, dry clothes, and a towel. Drive Time: 45 mins one way // TEENS - Register under age group programming.

  • 715: Intergenerational Tubing and Cookout (Family Friendly)Limit 42

    Tubing on The Little Tennessee River provides excitement going through some easy, small rapids and then time to relax and play as we meander downstream with fellow SUUSI friends. Your appetite will be whetted as you get closer to the picnic area and smell the aroma from the cookout drifting upstream. This area is steeped in history and during certain water levels, you can view Native American fishing weirs along the way. The Little Tennessee River is one of the most intact aquatic ecosystems in the entire Tennessee River system. Consider bringing a tiny dry bag and a way to tie it inside your tube to stow away water, snacks, water toys, etc. to enjoy while you float downriver. Drive Time: 45 mins one way.

  • 716: Adult TubingLimit 26

    The Little Tennessee River is one of the most intact aquatic ecosystems in the entire Tennessee River system. This area is also steeped in Native American history, and when the water is at certain levels you may be able to see some Cherokee fishing weirs. Come float and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We suggest that you bring some water and a snack to enjoy while you float downriver. Drive Time: 45 mins one way.

  • 717: Messing with Boats (Middlers 12s)Unlimited

    Let's go paddle! Choose your favorite boat and paddle upstream on the Little Tennessee River and then float back down. Our Nature staff instructors will teach you how to have a safe paddling experience while you learn about boats and how to paddle them. You will need appropriate footwear (see description under Nature Aquatics), drinking water, glasses strap (if you wear glasses), swimwear, sunscreen, dry clothes, and a towel! Drive Time: 45 mins one way. // MIDDLERS - Register under age group programming.

  • 718: Glenville Lake for MiddlersUnlimited

    This half-day trip is open to all Middlers. Be prepared for a fun-filled morning exploring nature, swimming, and enjoying snacks. Drive Time: 30 mins one way. // MIDDLERS - You will be be registered under age programming.

  • 804: Wildwater ZiplineLimit 9

    What an adventure! Ziplines are a spectacular way to experience flight and enjoy the outdoors with an added element of adventure and excitement. A combination of trees and platforms with 13 zips and eight sky bridges combine for over 1/2 mile of high-flying fun. Waivers are required - please print the waiver, fill it out, and bring it to registration. For participants under the age of 18, a signature by a parent or legal guardian is required. This amazing experience is provided by Wildwater, Ltd in Bryson City, NC. Drive Time: 75 mins each way. This trip requires reservations 2 weeks in advance and may only be added through SoLIS (not available at in-person registration). EDIT: participants under the age of 14 are required to have an adult parent/guardian in attendance.

  • 808: WCU Climbing Gym MondayLimit 18

    Western Carolina hosts one of the most extensive climbing programs in the East and the tallest collegiate wall in North Carolina. The Base Camp climbing wall offers 2100 square feet of climbing surface and is 50 feet tall. In addition to top-rope climbing, participants will also have the option to try bouldering. There are routes designed for the first-time climber as well as for the serious climber looking for a workout. An additional waiver is required for this trip. Please print the waiver, fill it out, and bring it to registration. For participants under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian's signature is required. Please do not arrive late to check-in for this trip, you will walk over with the entire group. The gym is within walking distance from the Nature Tent.

  • 809: WCU Climbing Gym ThursdayLimit 18

    See Trip # 808 for details. A waiver is required.

  • 820: KOLO Bike ParkLimit 3

    Want to mountain bike at SUUSI? Let’s go to KOLO at Treetops Adventure in Asheville, where you can push yourself at your own pace. Your fee includes the rental of a single-suspension bike and helmet. Here you’ll find about 4 miles of purpose-built mountain bike trails and features on rolling terrain. We like to think of it as a mountain-bike sampler pack. Designed for all rider levels, whether you’re just learning, taking it easy, or looking to push your edge a bit, you’ll find a taste of it at KOLO Bike Park. Key features include: a hand-built single track in wooded space, a machine-built flow trail with dirt berms and rollers, two pump tracks for beginner and advanced, wooden balance features and bridges, wooden step-down and gap jumps, a dirt jump area with jumps (ranging from easy to difficult), and a 180-degree wood berm. All of the trails and features at KOLO Bike Park are designed to be progressive. That means there are multiple ways to ride them, depending on your skill level, encouraging developing riders to advance their skills in a controlled environment. Children under the age of 14 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Please fill out the REQUIRED online waiver form at https://bit.ly/KOLOWaiver2023 and bring it to check-in. Drive Time: 60 min one way. EDIT: Due to bike rental limitations, this trip is only available through SoLIS and cannot be added at in-person registration.

  • 826: Asheville Treetop AdventureLimit 3

    Come swing with us! Enjoy climbing, swinging, rappelling, and other challenges such as zip lines in a wooded setting. Asheville's Treetop Adventures is an hour's drive from WCU. A waiver is required for this trip, and it must be signed by a parent or legal guardian for anyone under 18. Drive Time: 60 mins one way. This trip requires reservations 2 weeks in advance and may only be added through SoLIS (not available at in-person registration). EDIT: children under 14 must have a parental escort in attendance.

  • 1000: YA Town HallsUnlimited

    Town Halls are times for all of the YAs at SUUSI to come together. At these meetings, staff will provide information for the upcoming week, answer questions or concerns raised, and collect feedback for improvements to the program. All YAs living in the YA dorm and/or participating in YA programming are expected to attend.

  • 1001: YA Pizza PartyUnlimited

    The first dinner can be hectic with groups trying to go before Ingathering. We will meet in the YA lounge and have pizza, soda, and snacks before ingathering so everyone can meet!

  • 1002: YA Touch GroupsUnlimited

    Touch groups provide an opportunity for YAs to get to know one another, help new members become comfortable in the dorm, address social issues as they come up, share in daily experiences, and offer support as necessary. Touch groups are not required – but encouraged! – as they provide a self-guided experience appropriate to the changing needs of the particular people in that group.

  • 1003: Angel WalkUnlimited

    Say goodbye to all your YA friends at SUUSI before you leave.

  • 1004: YA Coffee HouseUnlimited

    Do you have a talent you want to share with the rest of the YA community? Or maybe you just want to watch your friends show off their talents. Coffee House is your opportunity to share a song you have been working on, a dance you know, a poem you wrote, or any other skill you want to perform for your fellow YAs. Sign ups will be posted in the YA dorm!

  • 1005: Water WorshipUnlimited

    Water worship is a YA-specific Water Communion worship event, led by the YA Chaplain. If you are able, bring water from somewhere significant you have been in the last year; we will combine all of the water and redistribute a mixture of all of the meaningful places we come from and have traveled to.

  • 1010: Teen-YA BridgingUnlimited

    Bridging is part of a worship service that recognizes the many bridges we cross in our lives - dedicating our children, bridging our teens, new relationships, new jobs, new homes, retirement, new life stages. Part of this ceremony is welcoming 17 year-olds into young adulthood and the YA Dorm. YAs participate by having dinner with the Bridgers, then taking part in the ceremony to welcome them. There will be a sheet in the Lounge to sign up for specific Bridgers!

  • 1011: Smash Tournament (YA/Median)Unlimited

    Come see who will win the ultimate Super Smash Bros battle. Will it be the fan favorite Mario, electric Pikachu, or maybe the underdog Villager. Coach your fighter as you compete in a multi stage tournament. There will be other games available for non-Smashers.

  • 1012: YA/Median SwimLimit 20

    What’s summer camp without a trip to the pool? There are 25 spaces open for YAs and Medians, so both of those age groups should use this event to sign up.

  • 1013: East LaPorte Park Trip (YA/Median)Unlimited

    Go to a local river along with the medians for an afternoon of fun off campus. There will be some food and games. This is an opportunity to hang out with your fellow YAs off campus. Participants ages 26 and over; please register to join us under Median event #1040. Median workshop 1040 is the exact same event as this one.

  • 1020: Nature WalkUnlimited

    Get out in nature and explore WCU's trail system with your fellow YAs.

  • 1021: Planning for Retirement: Granny Hobby DayUnlimited

    Whether you haven’t started your career yet or are still fresh in your field it’s never too early to start planning for retirement. We have all wondered what it will be like to finally retire and have time to try exciting new hobbies. Enjoy that laidback lifestyle now and join other YAs in various crafts such as crochet, knitting, embroidery, and more!

  • 1022: Spa NightUnlimited

    Everyone needs a spa day. Come have a relaxing night after a long day of travel. We will have sheet masks, nail polish, and henna for everyone to enjoy.

  • 1023: Mocked: Mocktail CompetitionUnlimited

    Welcome to the first ever Mocked competition. Competitors will have an undetermined amount of time to create their best mocktails from ingredients provided. Then our panel of expert judges will taste the concoctions and determine who will be crowned Mocked champion.

  • 1024: Collaging, Vision Boarding, & JournalingUnlimited

    Many people find journaling a wonderful way to reflect, plan and imagine. Join us and start your own journal. Journals and other craft materials will be provided.

  • 1025: Movie NightUnlimited

    Come watch a movie with your fellow YAs! Movie to be decided at SUUSI.

  • 1040: Laporte River Access Nature Trip(Median/YA)Unlimited

    An Outdoor Outing to the East Laporte River Access park. Food, hydration, and outdoor games are provided. Participants ages 18 to 25 are welcome to join us; please register under YA event #1013. YA workshop #1013 is the exact same event as this one.

  • 1041: Medians: Blindfolded Nerf ManhuntUnlimited

    Blindfold someone, hand them a Nerf toy, and put them in a room full of very responsible and mature adults. What could go wrong? Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median

  • 1042: Medians: Nintendo and No-ChillUnlimited

    Find out how strong your friendship really is after taking a blue shell from your best pal. We'll play competitive Nintendo games including Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Mario Kart. Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median

  • 1043: Medians: Evening BakingUnlimited

    Bake cookies, brownies, and breads to share with everyone who gets hungry after the dining room closes! Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median

  • 1044: Medians: After Dark Party GamesUnlimited

    Play raunchy party games like Telestrations: After Dark & Five Second Rule Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median

  • 1045: Medians: We're Not Really StrangersUnlimited

    Three levels of questions that go beyond get-to-know-you. Deepen your existing relationships and build new ones. A mix of carefully crafted questions and questions that you always wanted to ask your friends. Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median

  • 1046: Medians: Midnight Meal & SnacksUnlimited

    Food for hungry Serendipity returnees(YA's, you can come eat our food too). Expect Pizza! Pizza Rolls! Gluten Free Pizza! Gluten Free Pizza Rolls! Or not, we'll figure out what food we want to stock at the Monday meeting. Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median

  • 1047: Median Program (Non-Housing option)Unlimited

    The Median program is an age-inclusive extension of the Young Adult program. It is a space for people ages 21 and up who root their SUUSI experience in fellowship and shared experiences. It provides more extensive programming for adults and a sub-community where deeper relationships can be formed. Feel free to visit the Median page to learn more about our community: https://www.suusi.org/median

  • 1048: Mandatory Median Town HallUnlimited

    Welcome to the Medians! This town hall meeting will kick off our week. We'll discuss what the Median program will look like this year, work on the community schedule together, and agree on a covenant towards intentional community for the week. This meeting is mandatory, with reasonable accommodations made to anyone who can't make it due to staff obligations. If you cannot make this meeting, please reach out to the Median director.

  • 1049: Median/YA Pool TimeLimit 1

    What’s summer camp without a trip to the pool? There are 25 spaces open for YAs and Medians, please use the YA event (YA/Median Swim) to reserve a spot!

  • 1080: Daily Connection Circles for Adults - LunchtimeUnlimited

    We know that sometimes we can feel lost in the larger SUUSI community; join a connection circle and deepen your experience by making a daily connection with others in a small group. Groups are self-guided, using materials provided by the Nurture staff that will help guide conversation and create space for your spirit. Your initial meeting will be held at Noon on Monday; once you are in a group, you will determine exactly when and where to meet each day. The age limit for this event begins at 26 years old because the Young Adult program offers a similar program for adults aged 18 to 25.

  • 1081: Daily Connection Circles for Adults - AfternoonUnlimited

    We know that sometimes we can feel lost in the larger SUUSI community; join a connection circle and deepen your experience by making a daily connection with others in a small group. Groups are self-guided, using materials provided by the Nurture staff that will help guide conversation and create space for your spirit. Your initial meeting will be held at 4pm Monday; once you are in a group, you will determine exactly when and where to meet each day. The age limit for this event begins at 26 years old because the Young Adult program offers a similar program for adults aged 18 to 25.

  • 1082: Daily Connection Circles for Adults - DinnertimeUnlimited

    We know that sometimes we can feel lost in the larger SUUSI community; join a connection circle and deepen your experience by making a daily connection with others in a small group. Groups are self-guided, using materials provided by the Nurture staff that will help guide conversation and create space for your spirit. Your initial meeting will be held at 6pm on Monday; once you are in a group, you will determine exactly when and where to meet each day. The age limit for this event begins at 26 years old because the Young Adult program offers a similar program for adults aged 18 to 25.

  • 1083: Gen X MixerLimit 100

  • 1084: Adult SwimLimit 25

    Open swim for adults only at the Reid Pool on campus

  • 1085: Queer Community MixerLimit 100

    Retired Rev. Dee Graham has graciously offered to host a Queer Mixer on Tuesday evening at 7 pm in Balsam 205. She affectionately named her event A "queersters" mixer. Please join her there if you identify yourself as a member of the Queer community. This will be a great chance to get to know each other and brainstorm new ways the SUUSI community can serve you as we continue to turn our world around! The Rev. Dee Graham is a life-long resident of Manatee County and a published author and journalist. Rev. Graham’s ministry is entrepreneurial in style with a special mission to serve the increasingly aging lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer families of the Gulf coast and Tampa Bay area.

  • 3000: Pair-A-DiceLimit 1000

    Pair-a-Dice is SUUSI's dedicated table-top gaming space for all ages! Sit down at a table and play a game with some new friends. Check out a favorite game from the over 100 games in our lending library and take it back to your room for the family to play.

  • 3001: Pair-A-Dice (13 and under)Limit 150

    Pair-a-Dice is SUUSI's dedicated table-top gaming space for all ages! Sit down at a table and play a game with some new friends. Check out a favorite game from the over 100 games in our lending library and take it back to your room for the family to play.

  • 3011: Two-Player Board GamesLimit 20

    As recent empty nesters, Kurt and Jen have tried out quite a few 2 player board games and would like to share their recommendations. Come with a partner or pair up at the workshop to try out a game or two yourself!

  • 3012: Write n Roll Board GamesLimit 20

    Write and roll board games all involve rolling dice and filling out a game sheet of some sort, but there's quite a variety on this basic theme. After hearing some recommendations and rundowns, you'll get a chance to try some out yourself.

  • 3029: D&D for BeginnersLimit 12

    Many people have heard of Dungeons & Dragons but never had the chance to play. D&D's 5th edition is the most successful fantasy role-playing game yet. Would you like to pretend to be an elf or a wizard who fights monsters? Would you like to steal an evil artifact and destroy it (or be tempted to use its power for yourself)? Are you interested but intimidated by all the dice and statistics? It’s a complicated game, but we’ll break it down into simple pieces and play a fun adventure as we learn the basics of how it works. All you need to bring is your imagination. Participants will be introduced to the various statistics that make up a character, from attributes to skills to armor class. But the numbers are always connected to the imagination, and as we fill in the details, we'll use those numbers to make choices in our adventuring. We'll explore a cave, fight monsters, try to avoid traps, etc. We'll also learn tips on where to find a game if you get hooked and want to keep playing.

  • 3030: WUURTH: Bodyguards & BullywugsLimit 10

    The Council of WUURTH has assigned you to protect a visiting delegation of frog people. But what if they don’t want to be protected? Are they too proud, or are they hiding something? This is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure to introduce new players into the setting we've created for our SUUSI D&D sessions, the world of WUURTH. WUURTH is a world that combines fantasy elements with our UU values, and the adventures players have each year change the world and lead into the adventures planned for the following year. This workshop is a great place to start for people who have never played D&D before, or never played D&D at SUUSI before. Participants can bring their own character, or be assigned one when they show up. (Please sign up for only one session of Bodyguards & Bullywugs to allow more people to play.)

  • 3031: WUURTH: Bodyguards & BullywugsLimit 10

    The Council of WUURTH has assigned you to protect a visiting delegation of frog people. But what if they don’t want to be protected? Are they too proud, or are they hiding something? This is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure to introduce new players into the setting we've created for our SUUSI D&D sessions, the world of WUURTH. WUURTH is a world that combines fantasy elements with our UU values, and the adventures players have each year change the world and lead into the adventures planned for the following year. This workshop is a great place to start for people who have never played D&D before, or never played D&D at SUUSI before. Participants can bring their own character, or be assigned one when they show up. (Please sign up for only one session of Bodyguards & Bullywugs to allow more people to play.)

  • 3032: WUURTH: Pop Goes the Meazel Limit 10

    An old adversary is back, tormenting the Awakened Woods with bad dreams. Can you stop the nightmares before they transform friends into fiends? This is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure for players who've already had a little experience, either inside or outside the world of WUURTH. WUURTH is a world that combines fantasy elements with our UU values, and the adventures players have each year change the world and lead into the adventures planned for the following year. Players who sign up for the level 1-2 adventure will be ready to play this adventure next, but it's open to anyone who has played D&D before. Participants can bring their own character, or be assigned one when they show up.

  • 3033: WUURTH: Deep Cover w/ Dan DareLimit 10

    Rumors of a Deep Market in the dark caverns below WUURTH must be investigated. But is an overexcited kobold up to the task? Maybe you can help… This is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure for players who've already had a little experience, either inside or outside the world of WUURTH. WUURTH is a world that combines fantasy elements with our UU values, and the adventures players have each year change the world and lead into the adventures planned for the following year. Players who sign up for the level 2-3 adventure will be ready to play this adventure next, but it's open to anyone who has played D&D before. Participants can bring their own character, or be assigned one when they show up.

  • 3034: WUURTH: Death in a Northern TownLimit 10

    Our intrepid adventurers are called to the beautiful and idyllic town of Harbour to investigate a series of gruesome murders. Who are the real monsters? This is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure for players who've already had a little experience, either inside or outside the world of WUURTH. WUURTH is a world that combines fantasy elements with our UU values, and the adventures players have each year change the world and lead into the adventures planned for the following year. Players who sign up for the level 2-3 adventure will be ready to play this adventure next, but it's open to anyone who has played D&D before. Participants can bring their own character, or be assigned one when they show up.

  • 3035: WUURTH: The Price of WUURTHLimit 10

    Could the Council of WUURTH be harboring corruption in its ranks? Will our heroes be pitted against the very people they’ve come to trust most? This is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure for players who've already had a little experience, either inside or outside the world of WUURTH. WUURTH is a world that combines fantasy elements with our UU values, and the adventures players have each year change the world and lead into the adventures planned for the following year. Players who sign up for the level 3-4 adventure will be ready to play this adventure next, but it's open to anyone who has played D&D before. Participants can bring their own character, or be assigned one when they show up.

  • 3036: WUURTH: On Dragon’s WingsLimit 10

    There’s a whole world outside the boundaries of WUURTH, places where nobody has ever heard of intentional community. Will evil forces from outside break the very thing that makes WUURTH special? This is a Dungeons & Dragons adventure for players who've already had experience, either inside or outside the world of WUURTH. WUURTH is a world that combines fantasy elements with our UU values, and the adventures players have each year change the world and lead into the adventures planned for the following year. Players who sign up for the level 4-5 adventure will be ready to play this adventure next, but it's open to anyone who has played D&D before. Participants can bring their own character, or be assigned one when they show up. Format: Hands-On