Greetings from the Office of Student Services and the Outdoor Recreation Club! We are excited you will be joining the MIIS student body, and we are pleased to the First-semester Outdoor Orientation Trip (FOOT). We believe FOOT will be a great way for you to meet other first-semester students while learning the Monterey Way from returning students. A group of returning students from MIIS’s Outdoor Recreation Club leads the trip. Our goal is to provide a fun outdoor experience and combine it with a unique opportunity for community building. What better way to ease into graduate school than with a fun camping trip!
We look forward to welcoming you to campus soon!
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When: Saturday, January 26th through Sunday, January 27th. Details TBD, but we plan to leave Saturday morning and return Sunday afternoon.
Where: Montana De Oro State Park – details below.
Cost: $70 per person. Costs include camping fees, park entrance, camping gear, and four meals.
Deadline: The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, January 4th, 5:00 pm PST. Acceptance decisions will be emailed by Friday, January 11th. Accepted students will have until Friday, January 18th to submit payment and all paperwork to secure their spot. Students not selected will be wait-listed in case a spot opens up.
Montana De Oro State Park
MIIS FOOT Spring 2013 will be staying at Montana De Oro located over 2 hours south of Monterey on the Coast. It has over 8000 acres of coastline, hiking trails, canyons, streams, and beaches. The nearby hiking trails offer stunning panoramic views of the coast and Pacific Ocean and nearby beaches offer a great opportunity to relax and soak up the sun before the semester begins. There is something to enjoy for just about everyone.
ODRC has reserved two campsites with maximum occupancy 16 people, 6 vehicles. Each site includes a picnic table, and fire ring. Water is available in the campground and primitive bathrooms. The guides will keep you updated on weather conditions, but generally speaking temperatures are mild during the day and chilly at night in Montana De Oro.
While we can accommodate participants with a wide range of physical abilities, FOOT participants will gain the most enjoyment out of the program if they arrive on campus in reasonable shape. You will NOT need previous experience to enjoy the FOOT program. The trip will be a one night – “car camping” experience, and is designed to appeal to many different people. The only prerequisite is an enthusiasm for meeting other first-semester students and a willingness to try something new!