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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 with any questions or if you would like to participate but cannot pay the entire event fee. While modest, the Outdoor Program Participation Fund is designed to help in these cases.

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Desert Backpacking

November 18–20, 2022

Explore the red rocks and canyons of southern Utah November 18-20th, 2022! This trip is geared toward any experience level, including beginners. If you have been interested in seeing a different part of the state, backpacking, getting more involved with the outdoor program, or just getting outside for the weekend - this trip is for you!  

Cost: $70 includes all food, transportation, equipment, and instruction. We encourage anyone interested to email us at about the Participation Fund if the trip fee is a barrier.

At the Outdoor Program, we acknowledge that not all parts of all trips are accessible to all people. On this trip, we will be traveling in college vehicles to a a Trail head and hiking with 40+ lb packs on uneven trails of dirt, rock, and sand. If there are other details that would help you understand the accessibility of this trip, please reach out to with any questions and we would be happy to talk through possibilities and potential accommodations. No experience or equipment necessary.

Required pre-trip meeting will be sometime early in the week of the trip, we'll be in touch with date and time. 

Use the Backpacking Equipment List to help you prepare.

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Wilderness First Aid Course

November 18–20, 2022

This course is a standard, 3-day Wilderness First Aid course through the Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC). View the course syllabus. Westminster students wishing to receive academic credit for this course (1) should first register for OEL 245B. People holding current WAFA, WFR, or WEMT certifications can use this course to recertify. People wishing to recertify using this standard WFA course must pass the WAFA, WFR or WEMT Recertification online exams within two months of completing the in-person course. View the list of currently approved providers

Cost: $255 for Westminster Community: Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and graduates of WMTC courses through Westminster

$295 for Non-Westminster Community

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Wilderness First Responder/WEMT Course

March 3–7, 2023

This is a Hybrid Wilderness First Responder course through the Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC). This course requires 40+ hours of independent online study and testing (Part 1) prior to the in-person practical session (Part 2) March 3-7, 2023. Westminster students wishing to receive academic credit for this course (2) should first register for OEL 245A.
Email if you have questions or need help getting registered. If you're hoping to take this course to complete your WEMT, please contact us for more information.

Cost: $510 for Westminster Community: Students, Faculty, Staff, & Alumni (includes the Part 1 independent study and the Part 2 practical session)

$430 for Non-Westminster Community (includes the Part 2 practical session only, Part 1 is completed through WMTC) 

Ongoing Events 

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Kayak Roll Sessions

Wednesdays, 8:00–10 p.m.

First–timers meet in the Eccles HWAC Aquatic Center from 8–8:30 p.m. All other current students, faculty and staff arrive at 8:30 p.m. to come practice your roll and kayaking skills.

Cost: Free

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Intro Climbing Hour

Fridays, 1:00 p.m.

Location: Bishop’s Wall in Eccles HWAC

This time is dedicated to new climbers who want to “learn the ropes." No equipment or experience required– just come ready to climb. If you haven’t already, please complete the Climbing Wall Registration before arriving.

Cost: Free

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Faculty/Staff Climbing Hour

Last Friday of each month, 12:00 p.m.

Location: Bishop’s Wall in Eccles HWAC

Heard of “walking meetings?” Now you can have climbing meetings too! Or just come climb. No equipment or experience required– just come ready to climb.. If you haven’t already, please complete the Climbing Wall Registration before arriving.

Cost: Free

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.