Outdoor Adventures

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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

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.

Juliann Mann – Logan Mentor
John Jensen – Trail Guide

Transformational learning can also happen outside of the classroom, and Juliann’s love for the outdoors is the perfect catalyst. She’s currently studying Recreation Administration and Outdoor Adventure Leadership at Utah State University. She regularly takes other college students on multi-day backcountry adventures as part of USU’s outdoor program. Juliann is passionate about getting students of all ages outside and promoting lifelong learning through sports and activities. She believes that adventure is a crucial part of living a meaningful life, and she hopes to help your student find their own love for outdoor adventures. 

Elizabeth Babcock – Ogden 1 Mentor
Christian Lippert – 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!

Melissa Manning – Ogden 2 Mentor

Physical fitness is a crucial part of a student’s education, and no one is better suited to mentor your student than an experienced professional. Melissa became a Certified Nursing Assistant after getting her degree in English from Weber State University. Since then, she’s worked in the emergency room, cardiac department, and rehabilitation unit at McKay-Dee hospital. She’s also spent time working in elementary and middle school special education. Melissa is an avid sports enthusiast who regularly plays volleyball and coaches competitive soccer. She is passionate about learning and is always ready for a new challenge.

Sam Cravens – Salt Lake City Mentor
Brandon Ramirez – Trail Guide

Outdoor Adventures is an educational program, but it’s also an opportunity for students to have fun and create new friendships. One of Sam’s top priorities is for your student to have an amazing experience on every adventure. He believes that you can’t beat time spent on the water, especially in a canoe, and that laughing with people is one of the best pastimes. After growing up in Minnesota, Sam moved to Wisconsin to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Geoscience and Outdoor Education. He recently moved to Salt Lake City after living with his twin brother in Missoula, Montana. He’s looking forward to mentoring your student and taking them on transformational adventures.

Tim Erickson – Pleasant Grove Mentor
Katelyn Garcia – 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.