Experiential Orientation: Longhorn Explore

Longhorn Explore is an experiential orientation program open to 12 first year students each session hosted in partnership with NSS and Recreational Sports. Participants will have the opportunity to experience Austin outdoors through an afternoon of paddle boarding on Lady Bird Lake, a picturesque reservoir on the Colorado River located in the heart of downtown Austin. All students are welcome, regardless of previous outdoor experience. While exploring the great outdoors, students will have a chance to build a sense of community amongst their peers and learn about similar involvement opportunities available to them when they return to campus. 

Registration NOW OPEN.


Schedule At-a-Glance:

*The schedule outlined below is subject to change.

DAY 1 


Kickoff Meeting

Meet other first-year students, the Orientation Advisors and New Student Services staff who will be a part of the program.


Tour of Gregory Gym

Explore additional opportunities to get involved with RecSports and the Outdoor Center.


Indoor Rock Climbing and Dinner

Learn a new skill or build upon basic techniques through a guided course on how to belay a top rope climber.


Austin's Famous Bats at Congress Avenue Bridge

Watch a beautiful sunset and millions of bats emerge over Lady Bird Lake.


Evening Programming

Participate in planned nightly activities with first-year students from other TEXPO programs.

Day 2




Paddle Board at Lady Bird Lake

Beat the summer heat in Austin with a leisurely paddle on Lady Bird Lake and views of the downtown skyline.


Lunch at Local Restaurant

Enjoy lunch at one of Austin's favorite "foodie" stops with other TEXPO program participants.


Conclusion of Program

Cost: The cost of Longhorn Explore is $95 per student. This fee covers all lodging, transportation, activities, and meals for Longhorn Explore.