Exploring Utah - US

Hiking through Utah

We depart Seattle on Monday morning, arriving in Las Vegas and drive to Zion National Park. From there we will use that as a launching pad to explore Utah's National Parks. 

One important part of the trip will be that all camping meals will be planned, purchased, and prepared by the students. Organizing this will be part of our pre-trip planning. Prior to each day's excursion, students will plan the day and work together to prepare for weather and trail conditions. Students will also study the geology of the area and the history of the park. Our group will be completing all activities together, as well as eating, living, and sharing tents together, all of which require communication and cooperation. Some specific group building activities will also be included in the curriculum planned for our group. Students will journal daily about what they have learned and what risks/challenges they have faced. They will also learn to self-assess their outdoor skills and target areas for improvement.

Individually, students will be challenged in many ways on this trip:

  • Hiking 5-10 miles a day in variable weather conditions
  • Working with students from a different grade level
  • No access to technology or internet for the week
  • Being away from home for the week
  • Planning, purchasing, and cooking a few meals for the entire group

The terrain and geography in these parks are amazing and will no doubt leave a lasting impression on all who make this journey.

Special Considerations

This Project Fulfills Outdoor Education Requirement

We will be procuring airfare in early January please do not make other travel arrangements for spring break until we do. 

This trip will depart on March 27th and return on Saturday April 1st. 

Overlake requires that on a day to be specified before departure, Overlake will administer a COVID test to all participants and leaders. To participate in the Project Week, the test must be negative, and students must be symptom-free from any illness to leave on a trip. 

Participants must be willing to follow King County and destination travel COVID guidelines.  If a participant should become COVID positive during the trip, the student will be isolated, and the student’s family will be required to pick up the student within 36 hours at their current location.  The family will bear all the costs associated with any travel to pick up their student and any costs for isolation or return travel. 

By selecting the above project, you and your family are accepting the financial responsibility for the cost of the projects.  This includes any unrecoverable expenses incurred if Overlake, or any federal, state or local government forces cancelation of the project, or if you or your family decide not to attend, or your student becomes COVID positive and needs to be isolated. 

Project Week (2022-23)

Mar 27, 2023 - Mar 31, 2023


Chrissy Wakeling
Assistant Director of Experiential Education