New Student Orientation

On The Road

On The Road is your off-campus Orientation adventure! You'll get to know your peers, as well as faculty or staff OTR Guides, as you explore the community you'll call home as a PLU student.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Explore your options!

For trips that cost money, make sure you complete the payment portion of the form, your reservation will not be complete until you pay for the trip.

Please register for only 1 trip.

Register now by clicking on the link for the trip you would like to register for.

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Beyond Macklemore: The true purpose of Thrift Stores

Cost: $20

Thrift Shops are not just significant because of Macklemore's rap, and this trip will show you why! Enjoy a few hours visiting thrift stores in the PLU/ Parkland/ Tacoma community. You will experience and witness the role thrift stores play in our community and how you can use them as a resource while you are at PLU. Not only are they sustainable but they can also help you manage your dollars while at PLU; maybe even assist you in decorating your room or wardrobe. Don't forget to bring some cash in case you find something you like!

Register for Beyond Macklemore Here!

Biking - Point Defiance/ Japanese Gardens


Cost: $25

Two wheels, great people, the beautiful Pacific Northwest. What more would one need to enjoy the outdoors! Join a pair of PLU’s marvelous Outdoor Recreation guides in biking Point Defiance Park’s “Five Mile Drive”! This road is closed to vehicle traffic Saturday mornings, allowing for carefree biking as you loop throughout the park. There are also some gorgeous gardens on Pt. Defiance that are fun to walk through and explore! Transportation for bikes will be provided- if you don’t have your own bike on campus, we’ll be able to provide one, compliments of the PLU Bike Co-op! Learn more about the route, here

Register for Biking Here!

Community Garden Party


Cost: FREE

Did you know PLU has their own garden for students to grow their own vegetables in? Well we do! On this trip you will have the opportunity to get down and dirty in PLU's Community Garden and help weed, harvesting new veggies, and other such activities to help maintain the garden. Along with our own PLU Garden, you will be able to walk over to Trinity Lutheran Church and help in their garden and food pantry which is partially supplied by their own garden! If two gardens were not enough, you will also venture into Tacoma and visit another garden too. Don't forget to wear worn, closed toed shoes so your new school shoes do not get dirty!

Register for the Community Garden Party Here!

Downtown Tacoma Excursion


Cost: $20

Do you appreciate downtown life, along with arts and treats along the water? Then you should sign up for this trip! The Tacoma Art Museum is at the heart of the Tacoma art scene and is located in the center of downtown right near the Almond Roca Factory. The art museum boasts of wonderful permanent collections and visiting exhibits where you can ponder the talent of each piece of work. Then you will head over and learn all about the history of Almond Roca and maybe even treat yourself. So come indulge your passion for art and toffee while discovering the attractions of downtown Tacoma. Check out current exhibits, at

Register for the Downtown Tacoma Excursion Here!

Emergency Food Network- Mother Earth Farm


Cost: FREE

Love to farm or get your hands in some dirt? Here is your chance! Spend a few hours at the Mother Earth Farm helping them prepare for harvest. This local farm is part of the Emergency Food Network and distributes their produce and goods to local markets and community food banks. “The mission of the Emergency Food Network (EFN) is to provide a reliable food supply so that no person in Pierce County goes hungry. EFN provides more than 15.1 million pounds of healthy, nutritious food annually at no cost to over 67 food banks, hot meal sites and shelters for distribution to low-income families and individuals.” Students who go on this trip will repack fresh, frozen and dry bulk product into one and two pound family sized bags.

Register for Emergency Food Network Here!

FISH Food Bank- Southeast Tacoma


Cost: FREE

Swim into service with the FISH Food bank, located in Southeast Tacoma! This is a non profit “providing food for individuals in need with compassion, dignity and respect.” Students who take part in this trip will help the food bank with many of their weekly tasks including cleaning and restocking shelves.

Register for FISH Food Bank Here!

Fort Lewis Army Museum


Cost: $20

Did you know that Joint Base Lewis McChord is just a hop, skip, and jump away from PLU? On this trip you will journey on over to the base and visit the army museum as well as catch glimpses of the rest of the base. You will even be challenged with a scavenger hunt that may or may not end in some of the best prizes PLU's ROTC can offer. Don't be fooled by the title though, because you do not need to be in ROTC or affiliated with the military to attend this trip! Check out more about the base and museum at:

Register for For Lewis Army Museum Here!

Habitat for Humanity


Cost: FREE

Want to help in the process of a building a house! Come spend your day working alongside the Tacoma/ Pierce County Habitat for Humanity by creating a living environment for a family. This may include landscaping, painting, cleaning, and constructing tasks for the worksite. There is no prior construction experience required as you will attend a small orientation the morning of. Building is fun and even more fun when connecting with new friends and helping others!

Register for Habitat for Humanity Here!


Hike to Lake Serene


Cost: $25

If you like the sound of a magnificent view, granite slabs and a trail, this trek is for you! Under the direction of PLU’s enthusiastic Outdoor Rec guides, you’ll have your mind blown away by the perhaps the fiercest sight along the Cascades- Mount Index. After hitting the trail with a 2000ft elevation gain you will discover a secret...a beautiful lake perched beneath the rugged spires feeding into a few waterfalls. So come on this journey with us and don’t forget your camera! to look into Lake Serene and the surrounding area, go here:

Register for Hike to Lake Serene Here!



Cost: $25

Float on in to the Puget Sound with us! Spend the day at Point Defiance Park, and experience sea kayaking led by our wonderful Outdoor Recreation guides! From the launch at Owen’s Beach, you’ll be able to take in majestic views of Mt. Rainier. Participants will take turns going out on the water, and you’ll be able to explore some of the park’s beaches and walking trails, or toss a frisbee with your new friends! Check out Owen’s Beach, here:

Register for Kayaking Here!

L’Arche Tahoma Hope Farm


Cost: FREE

Right down the street from PLU stands the beautiful pastures of L'Arche Tahoma Hope Farm. Here you can garden alongside persons with differently abled abilities and learn how L'Arche reaches out the community via organic foods, flowers, and other unique offerings. There have been many students who have loved this trip and the core members they farm with and we hope you will too! Check out more here:

Register for L'Arche Here!

Museum of Glass & Washington State History Museum 


Cost: $20

Have a blast from the past and get in touch with the history of Washington! These museums offer both beautiful art and helpful history that will open your eyes to the . The Chihuly Glass Bridge separates these two museums so bring your camera so you can capture the beauty; plus you may even find yourself resembling someone circa 1920's. You’ll be free to explore the exhibits of both museums. Here are the links: &

Register for Museum and Glass and Washington State History Museum Here!

Northwest Trek


Cost: $25

Want to come dip your toes in the native Pacific Northwest habitat? Come join us on a trolley ride through the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park! Favorites include river otters, cougars, wolves, elk, moose, and mountain goats! You’ll be visiting right at the start of the rut season, so you may be lucky enough to see elk or bison sparring in the free roam area!

Register for Northwest Trek Here!

Pinnacle Peak Hike


Cost: $25

Ever hiked a volcano? On this trip you’ll enjoy the adventure of hiking Pinnacle Peak, a 256-acre volcanic cone that rises straight out of the Enumclaw farmlands and straight down to the White River. You’ll be challenged by a steep ascent, gaining roughly 1,050 ft in elevation in 1.25 miles. But the effort is well worth the views from the top; considered some of the best in Mt. Rainier National Park so you will not want to miss it! Along the way, you’ll be well taken care of by a pair of PLU’s Outdoor Recreation guides. Learn more here

Register for Pinnacle Peak Hike Here!

Rock Climbing


Cost: $25

Feast your eyes on a boulder and climb it! Edgeworks Climbing Gym is the ultimate in Tacoma-area rock climbing and they will be leading you on an outdoor Rock Climbing trip. The relaxed atmosphere makes it comfortable to be around if you’re a beginner, while the more difficult routes offer a challenge for experienced climbers. You’ll be going without ropes (bouldering) the whole time, and will be able to choose your comfort level, while under the guidance of one of PLU’s Outdoor Rec guides. Climbing shoes will be provided.

Register for Rock Climbing Here!

Spelunking in Ape Caves


Cost: $25

Spelunking, what is that? Well, come and find out with us! You will join us on an endeavor through the Ape Caves, which are known as thick lava beds that run parallel to the surface of the earth and found along Mt. St Helens. These lava tubes are a blast to hike through but do not forget a light jacket since underground tunnels get pretty chilly despite the ground level temperatures. See more at:

Register for Spelunking Here!

Tacoma Rescue Mission- Adam's St. Family Shelter


Cost: FREE

Like to volunteer your time and serve the area of Tacoma? Then this is the trip for you! You can serve lunch at the Adam's St. Family Center and enjoy some quality time with the community while meeting some new friends at PLU. You are sure to build a wonderful idea of places to volunteer in Tacoma here. Find out more at:

Register for Tacoma Rescue Mission Here!

Taste of Parkland


Cost: $20

Do your tastes buds often crave foods that are not in the general grocery store? Well lucky for you there are a plethora of food markets and stores around Parkland and Tacoma for you! Join us on a trip around the community that will introduce you to farmer's markets, ethnic stores, and more! This is a great way to see other options when your palate of PLU's food menu begins to dry up.

Register for Taste of Parkland Here!

Washington State Fair


Cost: $20

Farm animals, delicious scones and rides, what? Check out the new Washington State Fair (formerly the Puyallup Fair) in its second year with its new name! Because it’s got a new name, there is more than ever to see and do, like riding a camel or get a characterture! This will be a great opportunity to meet more PLU students and make some new friends! Look at all the awesome things there are to do at the fair here

Register for Washington State Fair Here!

This trip has a fee 
This trip has a fee.

Service Trip
Service Trip

Physical Activity
 Physical Activity

Trip will be outdoors
Trip will be outdoors.

Lunch is provided
Lunch is provided.

Spending money is recommended
Spending money is recommended.

Pictures are encouraged.
Pictures are encouraged.