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

$6,795

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

Day 1

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

Day 2

We will use this day to prep for our first backcountry section, which begins tomorrow! This will include testing and packing our gear, menu planning, and grocery shopping.

Day 3 - 6

Our first adventure will take us to the Green River for a 4-day rafting trip! This section will be a ton of fun but will also include a curriculum for rafting with students as well as other leadership curriculum items that are important for encouraging students to feel empowered and experience the appropriate level of challenge and growth through their program.

Day 7 - 8

No trip to Utah would be complete without a visit to Arches National Park. We 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. 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

Our 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

Our WFR course may be over but our backcountry section is not! The WFR instructors will exit the field on day 14, but our cohort will stay in the backcountry for another 4 days to continue backcountry hard skills training imperative for outdoor leaders.

Day 19

After an extended period in the backcountry, we will de-prep today and travel up to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where we will be participating in our whitewater kayaking section.

Day 20 - 23

In Jackson Hole, next we will move into our whitewater kayaking section, including an introduction to whitewater kayaking for day 1 and 2. Days 3 and 4 will be devoted to earning our Swift Water Rescue certifications.

Day 24

Day 24 is a training day to prepare us for our 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 we will be working with 1st-5th 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 our program, this period will give us the unique opportunity to work with younger students, deepening and expanding our experience with kids.

Day 30 - 31

After our Base Camp experience, we will take a couple of days to debrief our experience and prepare for our next backcountry section.

Day 32 - 37

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

Day 38 - 41

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

Day 42

We 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

We will use this day to prep for our first backcountry section, which begins tomorrow! This will include testing and packing our gear, menu planning, and grocery shopping.

Day 3 - 6

Our first adventure will take us to the Green River for a 4-day rafting trip! This section will be a ton of fun but will also include a curriculum for rafting with students as well as other leadership curriculum items that are important for encouraging students to feel empowered and experience the appropriate level of challenge and growth through their program.

Day 7 - 8

No trip to Utah would be complete without a visit to Arches National Park. We 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. 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

Our 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

Our WFR course may be over but our backcountry section is not! The WFR instructors will exit the field on day 14, but our cohort will stay in the backcountry for another 4 days to continue backcountry hard skills training imperative for outdoor leaders.

Day 19

After an extended period in the backcountry, we will de-prep today and travel up to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where we will be participating in our whitewater kayaking section.

Day 20 - 23

In Jackson Hole, next we will move into our whitewater kayaking section, including an introduction to whitewater kayaking for day 1 and 2. Days 3 and 4 will be devoted to earning our Swift Water Rescue certifications.

Day 24

Day 24 is a training day to prepare us for our 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 we will be working with 1st-5th 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 our program, this period will give us the unique opportunity to work with younger students, deepening and expanding our experience with kids.

Day 30 - 31

After our Base Camp experience, we will take a couple of days to debrief our experience and prepare for our next backcountry section.

Day 32 - 37

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

Day 38 - 41

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

Day 42

We 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!