The Adventure Outdoors High School spring break programs are designed to take high school students outside and provide them with enriching experiences. Activities and goals will include exposure to wilderness medicine and emergency first response, outdoor camping, cooking, living skills, recreational activities such as skiing and rock climbing, environmental ethics, teamwork, and personal development. This program is provided in partnership with the University of Utah. One credit hour will be provided by the University of Utah upon the successful completion of a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course. Lodging and food will be provided by the University of Utah.


This program will be based at the University of Utah Campus in Salt Lake City, UT and make use of their facilities for lodging, dining, WFA course, and staging of field-based programs. Field sites include the following:

  • Rock Climbing: Wasatch Mountains, UT
  • Resort Skiing or Snowboarding: Snowbird, UT
  • Backcountry Skiing or Snowboarding: Wasatch Mountains, UT*
  • Cooking, Camping, and Hiking: Moab, UT

*Subject to weather and snow conditions. 


There will be 3 block sessions totaling 6 days for students to choose from. Block activities include Intro to Rock Climbing, Rock Climbing Learn to Lead, Rock Rescue, Resort Skiing or Snowboarding, Intro to Backcountry Skiing or Snowboarding, and Moab Hiking and Camping. Moab Hiking and Camping and in some cases Intro to Backcountry Skiing or Snowboarding will be equivalent to 2 block sessions, as they are 4 days in length, and all other sessions are considered a single block as they consist of only 2 days. The WFA course is mandatory and offered in association with Backpacker Magazine as a hybrid course option. Half of the WFA course will be accomplished online at the student's pace prior to the start of this program. The remaining half will occur during the first threes evenings of the program. 



Day 1: Travel day / Arrive at University of Utah campus
Day 2: Group orientation / Gear outfitting / WFA course
Day 3: Block 1 session
Day 4: Block 1 session
Day 5: Block 2 session
Day 6: Block 2 session
Day 7: Block 3 session
Day 8: Block 3 session / Evening session - Final dinner celebration
Day 9: Program conclusion / Travel day 


Students will stay on the University of Utah's campus at the Guest House. The Guest House is on the university's dry campus and separate from college student housing. More information about the Guest House is available on their website: If camping, students will stay at a group style campsite in Moab, UT. Students will share rooms and/or tents (same gender). Each room in the Guest House has its own full bathroom. Group campsites are equipped with bathroom facilities. Instructor team members will stay on site throughout each evening of this program to supervise all lodging concerns. 

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are provided throughout the duration of this program. Breakfast will either take place on the University of Utah campus or at the group campsite. Lunch will be provided before leaving the lodging site and take place in the field. Dinner will either take place on the UofU campus or at the group campsite. Individual food considerations can be accommodated with advanced notice. 


If students will be required to fly to Salt Lake City, UT transportation to and from the local airport will be the responsibility of the student/guardian. Plane tickets will be booked by MED directly in group blocks, and be included in the base cost of the program. Once the student has arrived in the Salt Lake City Airport, they will be picked up by designated MED staff and driven to their accommodations on the University of Utah campus. For local students where flying is not included, transportation to and from the University of Utah campus from a designated location (e.g. partnered high school campus) will be included in the base cost of the program. 

All necessary transportation during the program will be provided by MED.


All necessary outdoor equipment items will be provided for students and factored into the presented trip cost. Upon acceptance into this program, a more detailed packing list of personal items will be provided to each student. Students will receive a gift package upon arrival in Salt Lake City. Gift packages may include the following items:

  • Beanie
  • Ball cap
  • T-shirt
  • Light jacket
  • Small backpack
  • Water bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Locking carabiner
  • Snack food
  • Stickers
  • Course materials


Prior to departure for a program, students will be asked to provide personal insurance information if available. Additional insurance will be provided to all participants through a comprehensive travel insurance policy as a part of the base cost of the program. This policy will include cancellation reimbursement due to unforeseen circumstances, primary medical insurance coverage, and medical evacuation to a hospital of choice. This policy will not be purchased for a student until the final payment has been received. 



MARCH 24 - APRIL 1, 2018

MARCH 31 - APRIL 8, 2018

APRIL 7 - 15, 2018