Exploring Utah and Arizona

Hiking through Utah
Connor Middleton

We depart Seattle on Sunday morning, arriving in Las Vegas. One of two group travel to Antelope Canyon, while the other travels to Zion. On Wednesday morning we pack up camp and switchy locations.  We'll spend Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  On Saturday both groups pack up and drive back to Las Vegas to catch a return flight to Seattle.

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

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

Overlake requires all participants of this travel project to be fully vaccinated prior to departure.  Additionally, on the Thursday before departure, Overlake will administer a PCR test to all participants. and leaders. To participate, the test must be negative, and students must be symptom-free from any illness.

Participants must be willing to follow King County and destination travel COVID guidelines.  If a participant, experiences any overlapping CDC symptoms of COVID during the project, 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. CDC possible symptoms of COVID can be found here.

By selecting the above project(s,) 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 symptomatic and has to be isolated.  

Project Week (2022-23)

Mar 27, 2023 - Mar 31, 2023


Chrissy Wakeling
Assistant Director of Experiential Education