Students on a raft

Outdoor Program


Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Outdoor Program events have been suspended until further notice, including kayak roll sessions. The Outdoor Program will be assessing Fall Semester 2020 trips and events after Outdoor Experience. An announcement about programming will follow the Labor Day holiday. COVID-19 protocols will be in place for every event, depending on the event.

Rentals have resumed with Fall 2020 classes and will be conducted by appointment. Use the rental form to set up your rental and appointment.

The program has also provided information and resources related to changes in access to public lands and recreation:

State of Utah Resources

Utahns are encouraged to visit parks and recreation areas. However, you should still practice safe social distancing when recreating outside. Learn more about the responsible recreation measures you should take by viewing Utah's Outdoor Recreation Resources.

Utah Bureau of Land Management Restrictions and Closures

Current information about changes to operating statuses can be found on the Bureau of Land Management Utah operating status webpage. A map of Bureau of Land Management Field Office Management Areas can be found online through the Bureau of Land Management.

Operation Changes for National Park Service Locations

Current operating statuses and other information can be found for a specific national park, national monument, historical park, or recreation area by visiting its National Parks Service webpage.

Utah State Parks

Current operating statuses and other information can be found by visiting the Utah State Parks Blog webpage.

Get Involved

Location: Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center, room 100B (the northwest corner of the center)
Hours: Regular open hours are held during fall and spring semesters when classes are in session. The office is closed on Saturday and Sunday, and during college holidays and breaks.
Email: outdoorprogram@westminstercollege.edu
Phone: 801.832.2866

Group of Students Outside with a Van
Two Students Carrying a Kayak

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.

Westminster students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their guests are welcome to participate in outdoor program trips and events with priority given to current students. We're committed to supporting anyone who is interested in getting involved regardless of skill level, previous experience, and equipment needs. Please contact outdoorprogram@westminstercollege.edu if you would like to participate, but feel unable to pay the entire event fee. While modest, the Outdoor Program Participation Fund is designed to help in these cases.

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.