Wyoming Cohort

WALI Wyoming 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

  • July 15th - August 25th
  • Jackson Hole, WY

Day 1

Arrive in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and participate in a welcome orientation.

Day 2

We will stretch our legs in Grand Teton National Park on our first day hike! Instead of a typical day hike, we will begin to think of ourselves as leaders and guides. 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 3

Tomorrow we will be starting our Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course, so we need to spend some time prepping for the backcountry section that will immediately follow. We will test and prep our gear, work on menus and take care of some grocery shopping to ensure that we have all of the backcountry necessities.

Day 4 - 6

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

Day 7 - 9

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

Day 10 - 12

Our WFR course may be over but our backcountry section is not! The WFR instructors will exit the field on day 9, but our cohort will stay in the backcountry for another 3 days to continue backcountry hard skills training imperative for outdoor leaders.

Day 13

We have a quick turnaround before our next backcountry section (which starts tomorrow!). We will spend day 11 unpacking and repacking our gear, grocery shopping, doing laundry (and taking showers!), and debriefing our previous backcountry experience. This will be a busy day as we prepare to head into the backcountry again tomorrow!

Day 14 - 19

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 20

We will debrief our “Leader in Training” experience as well as de-prep our gear, shower and do laundry in Jackson Hole.

Day 21 - 22

After some extended time in the backcountry and hard skills training, we will spend the next couple of days exploring some of the sites in Wyoming including the Big Hole battlefield and Bannack Ghost Town!

Day 23 - 26

Our next adventure will take us to the Lower Salmon 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 27 - 29

From the Salmon river we will head back to Jackson Hole where we will participate in a training to prepare us for our next section working at Wilderness Adventures’ day camp, Base Camp, at Snow King Mountain in Jackson, Wyoming.

Day 30 - 33

During this four 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 34 - 37

Staying 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 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

Departures from the Jackson Hole airport.

Day 1

Arrive in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and participate in a welcome orientation.

Day 2

We will stretch our legs in Grand Teton National Park on our first day hike! Instead of a typical day hike, we will begin to think of ourselves as leaders and guides. 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 3

Tomorrow we will be starting our Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course, so we need to spend some time prepping for the backcountry section that will immediately follow. We will test and prep our gear, work on menus and take care of some grocery shopping to ensure that we have all of the backcountry necessities.

Day 4 - 6

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

Day 7 - 9

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

Day 10 - 12

Our WFR course may be over but our backcountry section is not! The WFR instructors will exit the field on day 9, but our cohort will stay in the backcountry for another 3 days to continue backcountry hard skills training imperative for outdoor leaders.

Day 13

We have a quick turnaround before our next backcountry section (which starts tomorrow!). We will spend day 11 unpacking and repacking our gear, grocery shopping, doing laundry (and taking showers!), and debriefing our previous backcountry experience. This will be a busy day as we prepare to head into the backcountry again tomorrow!

Day 14 - 19

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 20

We will debrief our “Leader in Training” experience as well as de-prep our gear, shower and do laundry in Jackson Hole.

Day 21 - 22

After some extended time in the backcountry and hard skills training, we will spend the next couple of days exploring some of the sites in Wyoming including the Big Hole battlefield and Bannack Ghost Town!

Day 23 - 26

Our next adventure will take us to the Lower Salmon 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 27 - 29

From the Salmon river we will head back to Jackson Hole where we will participate in a training to prepare us for our next section working at Wilderness Adventures’ day camp, Base Camp, at Snow King Mountain in Jackson, Wyoming.

Day 30 - 33

During this four 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 34 - 37

Staying 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 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

Departures from the Jackson Hole airport.