The Waterford Outdoor Class equips students with the knowledge, practical skills and fundamental respect required to enjoy a lifetime of devotion to, and experiences in the wilderness. This is achieved by fostering the students’ deep understanding of a local wilderness area and the inherent, and often unstated, values that wilderness provides to their quality of life, their learning, and ultimately, their existence.
Outdoor Class curriculum is intensive and involves three different classes each week over the course of the school year. These weekly classes include a lecture, discussion-based, or project oriented class, an on-campus skill development class and an off-campus skill development and implementation class in the Wasatch Mountains. Students spend six hours a week, for a total of over two hundred hours each school year, traveling through the backcountry of the Wasatch Mountains by hiking boot, ski, snowshoe, kayak and climbing shoe.
Please follow the links below for specific information on the Upper School and Middle School Outdoor Classes, including term syllabi, off-campus destinations, student leadership and presentation schedules and consent forms.
Upper School: Required Forms
- US Outdoor Class General Information
- Permission, Insurance and Responsibility Form
- US Outdoor Class Acknowledgement of Risk Form
- Student Medical and Emergency Information Form
- Personal Clothing and Equipment List