Open to first-year Honors students, the Outdoor Adventure First-Year Trip is one of the best ways to begin a college experience. Previous upperclass participants are trained as guide leaders. The five-day backpacking trip to the Pecos Wilderness in the Santa Fe National Forest fosters friendship, develops character, and encourages conservation and appreciation for the environment. Scheduled two weeks prior to the beginning of Fall semester, twenty participants join twenty guides for this life-changing experience.
Check out some testimonials from Outdoor Adventure participants:
"I had never been camping or done much outdoors stuff, but once we went out into the wilderness as a group of first-year students who didn’t know each other, whatever worries or concerns I had about backpacking for the first time quickly disappeared."
"It was an awesome five days of learning about living in nature, about my excellent classmates, and most of all, about myself."
"When we began the trip, we were all total strangers. After spending 24/7 with these people, we couldn’t help but bond. This made it so easy to begin school with a network of friends already intact."
Your support will provide the resources needed to pay for guide training, student travel and camping expenses to and from the Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico, and other expenses this program incurs. Help students develop the leader within, learn survival skills, and fall in love with the great outdoors.