Outdoor Adventures

Fun outdoor activities with trusted mentors and supportive peers.

Students in this course earn PE credit for participating in activities such as rock climbing, hiking, skiing, survival skills, first-aid, archery, outdoor games, and more. LAU partners with Williamsburg Adventures to offer this course.

Frequently Asked Questions

We currently offer this course in four regions throughout Utah:

  1. Logan
  2. Ogden
  3. Salt Lake City
  4. Pleasant Grove

Activities may include, but aren’t limited to, the following:

  • Hiking
  • Climbing & rappeling
  • Kayak & stand-up paddleboarding
  • Outdoor games
  • First aid training
  • Self-defense
  • Ice skating

Yes! All LAU students (grades 6-12) can participate in this course. 

Students who enroll in this course have access to a detailed schedule in Canvas (our online learning management system), including exact times and locations for their region. Students can also RSVP for each adventure from Canvas (or opt out if they cannot attend).

Yes! Students who register for this course will earn 0.5 PE credits per semester. To earn credit, students must attend at least seven of the ten adventures offered during each semester.

Students will not need to pay fees for any adventure required to pass the course. 

Parents can enroll students in this course from SIS, just like all other courses. Once signed into SIS, simply choose the section for your closest region from the list of available Outdoor Adventures sections.

No. Outdoor Adventures is only for students who are registered for the Outdoor Adventure class.

Outdoor Adventures Mentors

Becky Matz – Program Leader & Logan Mentor
Chad Wright – Trail Guide

Becky is passionate about working with youth. In her words, “I hope I can help spark learning and discovery in youth and also help them recognize their strengths, gifts, and who they are so they can lead in their lives.” She has worked with students in numerous settings, including camps, after-school programs, co-ops, and 4H.

Becky holds a degree in Recreation Management from Brigham Young University. She loves spending time outdoors, cooking, gardening, and traveling.

Elizabeth Babcock – Ogden 1 Mentor
Brandon Ramirez – Trail Guide

Elizabeth loves sharing her passion for the outdoors as a mentor. As she says, “The raw learning and growth that occur in nature are difficult to recreate in other settings.” She has served as a mentor for youth and adults of all ages, and that perspective enables her to inspire those around her.

Elizabeth’s family loves spending time outdoors. Hiking, biking, kayaking, backpacking, camping, and exploring lava tubes are a few of the adventures they enjoyed together this last year!

Tim Erickson – Pleasant Grove Mentor
Josey Gardner – Trail Guide

Tim loves every chance he gets to connect with nature. In his words, “The outdoors are a training ground, an opportunity to be completely honest with myself.” Tim has spent countless hours exploring, training, and creating adventure trips for his family and friends. As a mentor, he’s excited to guide your student toward their own “a-ha” moments in the outdoors.

Tim graduated from Williamsburg Academy in 2015 and is currently attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He spends his free time climbing, backpacking, and reading.

Outdoor Adventures Mentor Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith – Salt Lake City Mentor
Alvin Chung – Trail Guide

Jessica loves helping students pursue a life of learning and adventure. As she says, “I love making memories! It’s incredible to turn something simple into something transformational.” She is excited to help your student try new things and overcome challenges.

Jessica is currently attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and has lived in Bolivia, Hawaii, Ukraine, Israel, and Russia. She loves discovering new hikes and can often be found outdoors playing pickleball, climbing, and snowboarding.

James Hamilton Outdoor Adventures Mentor

James Hamilton – Ogden 2 Mentor
Bryce Lackey – Trail Guide

James is an outdoor enthusiast with a background in Outdoor Recreation Administration. His two biggest hobbies are snowboarding and backpacking, but he also loves climbing, mountain biking, skateboarding, surfing, fishing, and just about all outdoor activities.

James grew up in Ogden, Utah, and looks forward to sharing the beauty of the local trails and recreation sites with our students!

“Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit” -Edward Abbey