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Outdoor Program Summer Term

The Outdoor Program offers wilderness-based Summer Term trips each year that range from backpacking, mountaineering, canyoneering, kayaking and sailing expeditions. Open to all students in the Middle or Upper School, these trips run from 8 to 21 days and aim to provide an impactful wilderness adventure in which students learn fundamental leadership, community- living and technical skills. In addition, students gain first-hand experience with the natural and cultural history of the course area. Please follow the links below to discover more about specific Spring and Summer Term trips.

2018-2019 Offerings

Spring Break

US Outdoor: Ouray Ice Climbing

  • Mr. Watkins
  • IX-XII
  • Cost: $350
  • Applications available January 2019

Summer Term

Upper School: Alaska: Majestic McCarthy

  • Trip Leader: Mr.  Watkins
  • Cost: $4,500-5,000, dependent on enrollment
  • Dates: July 1-17, 2019
  • Current Classes: IX-XII
  • Description: Come experience the wild beauty of Alaska while backpacking in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest national park in the United States! It is home to massive glaciers, lofty mountain peaks, and lush, tundra-carpeted valleys. This trip gives you a great sampling of the variety of terrain found in the park as you travel through one of its most breathtaking glacial valleys. This 17 day Alaska adventure is designed for anyone with a sense of adventure who is interested in backpacking and sea kayaking amongst the wonderful shores, ice, and marine life of the Prince William Sound. Designed for students interested in pushing their personal limits, learning new skills, and spending some quality time in the splendid Alaskan wilderness.
  • Application form: TRIP FULL

Middle School: Escalante Exploration: Canyoneering and Backpacking Adventure

  • Trip Leader: Mrs. Joslin
  • Cost: $600-800
  • Dates: June 10-17, 2019
  • Current Classes: VII-VIII
  • Course Description: The Waterford Outdoor Program is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to join your classmates for an unforgettable adventure in one of the most remote yet mesmerizing areas of Utah. On the Escalante Exploration MS Canyoneering and Backpacking Adventure you will explore some of the least-known regions of southern Utah, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Dixie National Forest. Gaining the highest elevations of our trip to begin, you will explore Utah’s largest national forest, while swimming and backpacking at 11,000 feet. At points on the trail you will be able to see 7,000 feet below to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, our next destination. You’ll experience the contrast of the high mountains with the beautiful desert as you hike in numerous canyons and sandstone formations, tributaries to Lake Powell. We will be exploring unique slot canyons created by water making its way to the Colorado River system for hundreds of thousands of years. These canyons wind down through colorful sandstone, containing natural arches, windows, and bridges. In some of the canyons, we will see ancient Anasazi and Fremont culture structures and pictographs. Some canyons offer waterfalls, hanging gardens, and, at times, become so narrow that you feel borderline claustrophobic!
  • Application form
  • In addition to the Application Form, interested students must complete a Waterford Outdoor Program application packet to be eligible for this trip. Please see Mrs. Joslin for an application packet. 

Previous Spring and Summer Term Trips