Utah Cohort

WALI Utah Cohort

High Trails Adventure - 18 yrs+

WALI was designed to expand upon an already solid foundation of outdoor knowledge and provide opportunities to test your skills. During your time with WALI, you and your cohort will earn wilderness certifications that are considered standards in the industry, such as Wilderness First Responder and Swift Water Rescue. You will receive impactful leadership instruction as you build towards your capstone experience of working with youth in the field. With an outdoor classroom unlike any other, this is the adventure of a lifetime and also a must for any future outdoor educator or trip leader who is looking to make the transition from student to leader.

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42 Days

$6,595

  • June 1st - July 12th
  • Salt Lake City, UT

Day 1

Arrive in Salt Lake City, Utah and participate in a welcome orientation.

Day 2

You will use this day to prep for your first backcountry section. This will include testing and packing our gear, menu planning, and grocery shopping.

Day 3-6

Your first adventure will take you to the Green River for a 4-day rafting trip! This section will be a ton of fun. Desolation Canyon of the Green River is considered to be one of the most remote areas in the contiguous United States. Your days on the river will be spent going through the designed curriculum for rafting with students. There will be other important leadership curriculum items that are vital for making students feel empowered and comfort with the challenge level of his/her program. The river will be the perfect setting for these topics.

Day 7-8

No trip to Utah would be complete without a visit to Arches National Park. You will spend a couple of days here exploring the beauty of the scenery as well as focusing on the important skills needed to guide students through public wilderness areas. As a budding outdoor instructor it’s important to learn how to lead a hike with students, review safety basics and self care, and teach trail etiquette.

Day 9-11

Your WFR course will begin! The first three days of this course are in the frontcountry in Moab, Utah. We will be working with the Wilderness Medicine of Utah for this course.

Day 12-14

Our WFR course will continue with Wilderness Medicine of Utah in the backcountry for these three days!

Day 15-18

Your WFR course may be over but your backcountry section is not! The WFR instructors will exit the field on day 14, but your cohort will stay in the backcountry for another 4 days to continue backcountry hard skills training imperative for outdoor leaders. You will meet up with a Wilderness Adventures group in the area, to gain experience working with middle school and high school students in a wilderness setting.

Day 19

After an extended period in the backcountry, you will de-prep and travel up to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where you will be participating in the whitewater kayaking section of your WALI training.

Day 20-23

In Jackson Hole, you will move into the whitewater kayaking section, including an introduction to the sport for the first two days. Days 3 and 4 will be devoted to earning your Swift Water Rescue certification.

Day 24

Day 24 is a training day to prepare you for your next section– working at Wilderness Adventures’ day camp, Base Camp, at Snow King Mountain in Jackson, Wyoming.

Day 25-29

During this five day period you will be working with kindergarten-8th graders at Wilderness Adventures’ day camp, Base Camp! Specific curriculum will include behavior management, parent communication, games and skits, free time fillers, and activity preparation and planning. After working with older Wilderness Adventures students in the backcountry earlier in your program, this period will give you the unique opportunity to work with younger students, deepening and expanding your experience with kids.

Day 30-31

After our Base Camp experience, you will take a couple of days to debrief your experience and take a risk management workshop. You will then prepare for your next backcountry section.

Day 32-37

During this backcountry section you will be working with a group of Wilderness Adventures students (7th-9th graders) in a “Leader in Training” role.

Day 38-41

Your final days of the program will be spent doing a combination of service work in the Jackson Hole area and debriefing your experience throughout your 40-day program! You will also have some time to explore the town of Jackson Hole and celebrate with a banquet in town on your final evening.

Day 42

You will be up early in the morning on day 42 to drive back to Salt Lake City, Utah. WALI participants will depart from the Salt Lake City airport any time after 1pm on day 42!

Day 1

Arrive in Salt Lake City, Utah and participate in a welcome orientation.

Day 2

You will use this day to prep for your first backcountry section. This will include testing and packing our gear, menu planning, and grocery shopping.

Day 3-6

Your first adventure will take you to the Green River for a 4-day rafting trip! This section will be a ton of fun. Desolation Canyon of the Green River is considered to be one of the most remote areas in the contiguous United States. Your days on the river will be spent going through the designed curriculum for rafting with students. There will be other important leadership curriculum items that are vital for making students feel empowered and comfort with the challenge level of his/her program. The river will be the perfect setting for these topics.

Day 7-8

No trip to Utah would be complete without a visit to Arches National Park. You will spend a couple of days here exploring the beauty of the scenery as well as focusing on the important skills needed to guide students through public wilderness areas. As a budding outdoor instructor it’s important to learn how to lead a hike with students, review safety basics and self care, and teach trail etiquette.

Day 9-11

Your WFR course will begin! The first three days of this course are in the frontcountry in Moab, Utah. We will be working with the Wilderness Medicine of Utah for this course.

Day 12-14

Our WFR course will continue with Wilderness Medicine of Utah in the backcountry for these three days!

Day 15-18

Your WFR course may be over but your backcountry section is not! The WFR instructors will exit the field on day 14, but your cohort will stay in the backcountry for another 4 days to continue backcountry hard skills training imperative for outdoor leaders. You will meet up with a Wilderness Adventures group in the area, to gain experience working with middle school and high school students in a wilderness setting.

Day 19

After an extended period in the backcountry, you will de-prep and travel up to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where you will be participating in the whitewater kayaking section of your WALI training.

Day 20-23

In Jackson Hole, you will move into the whitewater kayaking section, including an introduction to the sport for the first two days. Days 3 and 4 will be devoted to earning your Swift Water Rescue certification.

Day 24

Day 24 is a training day to prepare you for your next section– working at Wilderness Adventures’ day camp, Base Camp, at Snow King Mountain in Jackson, Wyoming.

Day 25-29

During this five day period you will be working with kindergarten-8th graders at Wilderness Adventures’ day camp, Base Camp! Specific curriculum will include behavior management, parent communication, games and skits, free time fillers, and activity preparation and planning. After working with older Wilderness Adventures students in the backcountry earlier in your program, this period will give you the unique opportunity to work with younger students, deepening and expanding your experience with kids.

Day 30-31

After our Base Camp experience, you will take a couple of days to debrief your experience and take a risk management workshop. You will then prepare for your next backcountry section.

Day 32-37

During this backcountry section you will be working with a group of Wilderness Adventures students (7th-9th graders) in a “Leader in Training” role.

Day 38-41

Your final days of the program will be spent doing a combination of service work in the Jackson Hole area and debriefing your experience throughout your 40-day program! You will also have some time to explore the town of Jackson Hole and celebrate with a banquet in town on your final evening.

Day 42

You will be up early in the morning on day 42 to drive back to Salt Lake City, Utah. WALI participants will depart from the Salt Lake City airport any time after 1pm on day 42!