Students in multiple rafts going down a river

Outdoor Program

The Westminster Outdoor Program exemplifies Westminster's unique environment for learning, which is located minutes from world-class skiing, mountain biking, and rock climbing in the local Wasatch Mountains. Beyond the Wasatch lie Utah's red rock deserts, wild rivers, and vast wilderness areas—all of which become both Westminster's playground and classroom.

Through meaningful outdoor experiences, the Outdoor Program helps students to develop leadership, technical skills, self-awareness, character, and stewardship. Student leadership is a priority for the program and most outdoor trips are student-led. Graduates who were a part of the Outdoor Program often leave Westminster having weeks of valuable field experience, advanced certifications, and an understanding of how lessons learned in the outdoors can apply to other areas of college, career, and everyday life.

Whether you're joining us for an evening hike or a weekend in the backcountry, you'll most likely learn something new, meet interesting people, and spend time in awe-inspiring places.

Upcoming Trips and Events

Westminster students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their guests are welcome to participate in outdoor program trips and events. We're committed to supporting anyone who is interested in getting involved regardless of skill level, previous experience, or equipment needs. Contact if you would like to participate but are unable to pay the entire event fee. While modest, the Outdoor Program Participation Fund is designed to help in these cases.



Beautiful pink sunset over lake and mountains

Accessible Evening Hike

Thursday Sept. 23, 2021, 5:45 p.m.

This is the last of our evening hike series and will travel to a wheelchair accessible location in the Wasatch. Meet at the Outdoor Program at 5pm ready to go. 

Cost: $5 includes transportation

Hiking students attending to injured student in nature

Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder Recertification

November 19-21, 2021

This course is a standard, 3-day Wilderness First Aid course through the Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC). People holding current WFR certifications can also use this course to recertify. View the course syllabus.

People wishing to recertify their WAFA, WFR, or WEMT using this standard WFA course must pass the WFR & WEMT Recertification online exams within two months of completing the in-person course; there is a $25 fee for the online exams. Click here for a list of currently approved providers.

Cost: $250 for Westminster Community: Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and graduates of WMTC courses through Westminster. $290 for Non-Westminster Community

Refund and Cancellation Policy

  • If there is a fee, you must pay for the trip or event before you are considered to be registered. Email if you're having trouble with payment.
  • If you register for a trip and cancel before the registration deadline (if applicable), you can receive a refund for the trip.
  • If you register for a trip and cancel before the pre-trip meeting (if applicable), but after the registration deadline (if applicable), you can apply the registration fees as a credit toward a future trip with the Outdoor Program within the same academic school year.
  • If you cancel after the pre-trip meeting (if applicable), no refunds or credits will be given.
  • You MUST attend scheduled pre-trip meetings for trips if applicable. Meeting dates and times vary and will be included in event information. If you do not attend the meeting and have not made other arrangements with us to get trip information, your spot on the trip may be forfeited. Email with any questions or concerns about attending pre-trip meetings.
  • No refunds for Wilderness First Responder/First Aid/re-certifications, avalanche certification courses, and AMGA Single Pitch Instructor course will be given unless the Outdoor Program cancels the event.