Exploring Utah

Hiking through Utah
Grades
7
8
Dates
Cost
$900
Instructors
Jennifer Blanton
Karl Olson

We will spend 2-3 days hiking and camping in each park. We depart Seattle on Sunday morning, arriving in Las Vegas before noon and then have a three hour drive to Bryce Canyon National Park. We'll spend Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday In death Valley Canyon. On Wednesday morning we'll pack up camp and drive to Zion National Park and set up camp there. We'll spend Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at Zion National Park. On Saturday we'll 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

This trip may leaves very early on Sunday March 26 or Monday, March 27th and returns in the evening on Monday, April 3rd or Tuesday, April 3rd of spring break.  You will find out the exact travel dates in January.  Other arrangements should not be made within 24 hours of departure and arrival in Seattle.

Project Week Timeline

  • Dec 15 - Student Placement Published
  • Feb 13 & Mar 16 (9-9:30AM) - Project Week Group Meetings with Students
  • Mar 26-30 - Project Week

Contact

Joey Pauley
Project Week Director

jpauley@overlake.org
425-868-6191 x816