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Freshmen Encounter Adventure

Encounter Adventure is an outdoor-based program for incoming freshmen and is complementary to the South Dakota State University New Student Orientation. Encounter Adventure offers incoming freshmen a unique opportunity to build lasting relationships, develop outdoor skills, and become more confident in your leadership, communication, and goal-setting abilities as you begin this exciting new chapter in your life!

Everything you need is included in the cost.  All we need is you to provide the memories!

2018 Encounter Adventure Expeditions

Dates: TBD

Cost: ~ $375.00

Description: Join us for 6 days of exploration in the Black Hills of Western South Dakota! We will backpack the expansive Black Elk Wilderness, climb the jutted granite spires of the Black Hills, and finish with a scenic bike tour on Mickelson Trail. Cost includes staffing fees, transportation, campgrounds, food, and all gear costs.

Freshmen Encounter Adventure Mountain Landscape

How to Apply:
To apply for Encounter Adventure 2018, please click on the following link to pay and register for the course:



After registering for the Encounter Adventure Program, please complete the application below and scan or mail to Justin Parks, Outdoor Program Coordinator (

Mailing Address:
Outdoor Programs Coordinator
SDSU Wellness Center
1440 N. Campus Drive
Brookings, SD 57007

Encounter Adventure 2018 can accept a maximum of 10 students!  The first 10 completed and paid applications will be accepted.  Any checks received after all spots fill will be returned but a waitlist will be kept in the order in which applications were received.

If you have any questions, please contact Justin Parks at 605-688-4312 or email at

Airport Pickup
The SDSU Outdoor Program is happy to announce that we will pick up students at the Sioux Falls Airport for an additional $50 fee (Please be aware that this offer ONLY applies to the Sioux Falls Airport in Sioux Falls, SD).  Use of this service is not meant for moving purposes.  Please only pack what you will need for the Encounter Adventure Program if you choose to use the SDSU Wellness Center to pick you up at the airport.