Located in the early-morning shadow of the Wasatch Mountains, the Waterford Outdoor Program has the unique opportunity to introduce students to the richness of a life lived in connection with the wilderness. The goal of the Outdoor Program is to ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge, practical skills and fundamental respect required to enjoy a lifetime of safe and meaningful experiences in the wilderness. Outdoor Program participants are consistently challenged intellectually and physically through numerous and diverse adventure wilderness experiences.
Students in the Middle and Upper Schools participate in the Waterford Outdoor Program in a number of ways. The Outdoor Class is offered as an athletic elective and includes weekly afternoon excursions into the Wasatch Mountains to hike, climb, rappel, snowshoe, and backcountry ski and snowboard. All Waterford students may choose to participate in multiple Term Trips offered throughout the year. Trips range from day climbing excursions in the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains to multi-day canyoneering, kayaking, mountaineering and backpacking trips throughout northern and southern Utah. Each year, the Outdoor Program also offers multi-week expeditions for more adventuresome Middle and Upper School students. These wilderness-based trips are included in the Summer Term program, and have included mountaineering trips in Utah and the Pacific Northwest, sea kayaking trips along the Colorado and Green Rivers, backpacking and canyoneering excursions in Southern Utah, and sailing expeditions in Norway, Alaska, and French Polynesia.
Upper School students committed to the Outdoor Program and its mission may pursue leadership opportunities through involvement with the Outdoor Program Student Council, which fosters the Outdoor student community, helps to plan trips, and runs the indoor climbing wall for the broader student community. Upper School students also act as intern leaders on Middle School trips.