God in the Wilderness

Our biannual God in the Wilderness trips are one of Campus Recreation's signature programs. Students earn 4 convocation credits as they spend time in nature reflecting on God's creation and participating in devotionals led by Pepperdine faculty and staff. Although we do schedule many activities during the trips, students also have an abundance of free time, which allows them to explore on their own, spend time with friends, or do homework.

Fall God in the Wilderness

In the fall we spend 3 days and 2 nights at Forest Home in the beautiful Ojai Valley, where we sleep in cabins, hike in the mountains, make smores, chat around the campfire, and lounge in hammocks. We often include educational components as well such as stargazing through high powered telescopes provided by Pepperdine faculty.

Spring God in the Wilderness

Outdoor Recreation invites you to experience our annual God in the Wilderness Spring Break Trip to Mammoth Lakes! This trip offers four convocation credits as we will also be engaging in Scripture within community to deepen our faith as disciples of Jesus alongside all the amazing outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowball fights, hikes, building snowmen and igloos, and any other winter activity you can dream up. We will stay in large mountain chalets that are perfect for cozying up next to the fire with hot chocolate after your day's adventure, with options to play board games, make use of the media room, pool tables, and hot tub. Both skiers and non-skiers are welcome!  


What Students Are Saying.....


"A new experience was engaging with a lot of people I never met before, and becoming close with them. I meet a lot of new people, but am not always able to form relationships with them. This trip allowed me to go deeper in those relationships."


"I signed up on a whim and ended up loving every minute of it. The hike, the s'mores, the horseback riding, and making new friends all came together to make for an incredible, unforgettable weekend."


"It was awesome to be away from Malibu and the stress of regular daily life and just focus on God and the nature he created and hear some great messages."


"It was impossible to be immersed in so much natural beauty and not appreciate the wonder of God's creation. The stars particularly made an enormous impact, and I know it's something I'll remember for the rest of my life."