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.

If your student is currently enrolled in Outdoor Adventures, check out this page for a list of fall 2019 dates and adventure descriptions for each region >>

Frequently Asked Questions

We currently offer this course in five regions throughout Utah:

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

Activities 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. Some adventures may include fees for participation (more details below).

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. A small number of optional adventures (for example, a ski trip) may require fees for participation.

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.

Yes. Two of the adventures in each area, each semester will be Family Adventures. Family Adventures are open to all LAU students and their families (not just students enrolled in Outdoor Adventures), if space allows. Family Adventures are co-hosted by Williamsburg Adventures and Leadership Academy of Utah. Families will be emailed information about Family Adventures in their area. Students enrolled in Outdoor Adventures may count Family Adventures towards their required seven activities to receive credit for this course.

Note: Non-Outdoor Adventure students and family members will be responsible for any costs required to participate in Family Adventures.

Outdoor Adventures Mentors

Becky Matz – Program Leader & Logan Mentor

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 Mentor

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!

Masina Duncan – Ogden Mentor

As a former Williamsburg Learning student, Masina understands the important role a mentor plays in a student’s growth. She considers it a great privilege to serve as a mentor for your student. Masina is a strong supporter of experiential education and getting outside. She believes there is something for everyone to learn in the great outdoors.

Masina studied Recreation Management at Brigham Young University, Idaho. She’s at her happiest when rock climbing, camping, hiking with friends, adventuring, cross country skiing, or simply sitting outside.

Brian Holman – Bountiful Mentor

Brian believes, “Having adventures in the outdoors gives students a sense of accomplishment and security. Learning to handle yourself in many different circumstances makes you more confident overall.” Brian is very excited to share the benefits of outdoor adventures with your student.

Brian studied accounting and finance at the University of Utah. When not working or spending time with his family, Brian can be found playing or watching soccer, working out at the gym, or taking a rejuvenating walk outside.

McKenzie Stock – Salt Lake City Mentor

McKenzie understands the importance of creating an environment where students feel safe to learn and grow. In her words, “Facilitating students’ growth is an incredible honor, and I want to inspire students to be their best in every context.” McKenzie is excited to share her passion for growth with your student in the outdoors.

McKenzie holds degrees in Geology, Spanish, and Philosophy from Hope College. She has taught in numerous settings, including outdoor environmental education, alternative high school, elementary school, English as a second language, and special education.

Tim Erickson – Pleasant Grove Mentor

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.