Wilderness Welcome

Wilderness Welcome

Wilderness Welcome: Where Education Meets Adventure

 

Join us on one of 5 different trip options through our wilderness welcome program, where education meets adventure.  For over ten years, Outdoor Adventures has welcomed first-year students to NAU with an experience designed to connect students to each other and the pristine wilderness in our "backyard."  Meet other adventurous first-year students, be a part of a memorable wilderness trip, and make a bold start to your university experience.  Wilderness Welcome occurs up to three weeks before move-in: Saturday, Aug 6th - Thursday, Aug 11th; Friday, Aug 12th- Wednesday, August 17th, and Friday, August 19th – Wednesday, August 24th.   Each program is led by a professional outdoor educator, with the support of outstanding student-leaders whose goal is to help make your transition to NAU smooth and fun.

We will be at freshman orientation. Attend our presentation to learn more about these exciting trips!

Choose from one of FIVE Unique Adventures

Our physical challenge scale provides you with guidance on how much physical exertion you can expect in the trip or class, with one being the lowest level of exertion and five being the highest. 

San Juan River Rafting

Fall 2016

  • Days: six
  • Dates: August 6-11, & August 12-17
  • Price: $675 (academic credits included)
  • Physical Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5
  • Activities: hiking, rafting
  • Credit: two - Parks and Recreation Management (PRM)

Relax and connect with other students as you take in the incredible landscape that surrounds you while floating down the San Juan River, a tributary of the Colorado River in southern Utah. A few rapids will keep you on your toes as you wind through desert petroglyphs and ancient cliff dwellings that provide a powerful glimpse into human history. Set off from Sand Island and travel 26 river miles to Mexican Hat, discover more about the desert and create great friendships on this once in a lifetime opportunity.

 

Zion Backpacking

Fall 2016

  • Days: six
  • Dates: August 6-11
  • Price: $500 (academic credits included)
  • Physical Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5
  • Activities: backpacking
  • Credit: two - Parks and Recreation Management (PRM)

Discover the hidden treasures of Zion National Park while connecting with a group of students who share the same desire to explore the desert southwest by foot.  Beautiful landscapes, cool streams, and stunning slot canyons will provide the perfect opportunity to push your boundaries and learn your strengths before starting your fall semester.   Backpack over 30 miles and develop friendships that will last a lifetime on this unique Southwest experience. 

 

Northern Arizona Rock Climbing

Fall 2016

  • Days: six
  • Price: $600 (academic credits included)
  • Physical Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5
  • Activities: hiking, rock climbing
  • Credit: two – Parks and Recreation Management (PRM)

Northern Arizona is a rock-climber’s haven, with hundreds of routes for both beginner and advanced climbers.   Offered through a partnership with the skilled staff at Flagstaff Climbing Center, this trip is perfect for anyone interested in connecting to Flagstaff's climbing community while meeting other student climbers.  Connect to this unique sport that helps build strength, relieve stress, and develop problem-solving skills.

 

Canyon Country Hiking Adventure

Fall 2016

  • Days: six
  • Price: $550 (academic credits included)
  • Physical Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5
  • Activities: hiking, backpacking
  • Credit: two – Parks and Recreation Management (PRM)

Enjoy hiking and exploring the renowned canyons in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in southern Utah. The Canyon Country hiking adventure brings you to colorful landscapes eroded into countless canyons, striking mesas, and jutting buttes. This trip is perfect for students new to the outdoors, as camping always occurs at established campgrounds, typically with basic "front country" conveniences.  Options also exist for the more seasoned outdoors person to get out and explore these impressive destinations. Hiking distances are dependent upon group's interests.

 

North Rim Bike Packing 

Fall 2016

  • Days: six
  • Price: $575 (academic credits included)
  • Physical Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5
  • Activities: camping, mountain biking
  • Credit: two – Parks and Recreation Management (PRM)

Enjoy mountain biking across the Kaibab National Forest on the North Rim of Grand Canyon over the course of six days while sharing a like interest with new friends.  Along the way you will further develop your technical mountain biking skills by weaving in and of trees along dirt single track passing stunning views and vistas of Grand Canyon National Park.   Travel between 8-16 miles per day, and finish your evenings with a warm meal, self-reflection, good conversation and great company as you learn about the unique nature of Grand Canyon National Park, its inhabitants throughout the years, and ever-changing environmental concerns.   This trip is for the most adventurous at heart, and will propel you into success for your upcoming freshman year of college.

Register Today

 

Are you ready to register for your course today?  With limited space available, we are happy to assist you in signing up for the trip of a lifetime!  We have two different payment options available to our students.

  1. Visit the Front Desk of the Health and Learning center and a member of our student staff team will be able to assist you with your registration.  By signing up in person you can make payment with cash, credit card, check or through your Louie account.  
  2. Call us at 928-523-3229, or email us at outdoors@nau.edu, with the trip date and course you would like to sign up for. Include your first and last name, Louie ID, and Student ID.   We will take your registration over the phone/email, and you will have the option to pay by check, or pay by charging your Louie account. 

Upon registering for your course, a 50% deposit will be due to confirm your registration.   All final payments are due in full by August 1st, 2016, and all payments become non-refundable at that time.  If you elect to charge your Louie account, payment will be charged in full upon registration and will appear on your Louie account by the first week of July 2016.   Prior to August 1st, 2016 payments are refundable less a 20% processing fee obtained by the University.  

 

If you have any additional questions, please contact our university by email at outdoors@nau.edu, or by phone at 928-523-3229 and we are happy to assist you.    

 

Testimonials

What participants have to say about their Wilderness Welcome experiences


Amy G., Arizona

“Can words actually symbolize the gratitude and fun I experienced during the Wilderness Welcome program? I was able to find myself throughout the rafting adventure, which was unexpected.” 


Travis B., Idaho

“Before this course, I was anxious and a bit worried about my upcoming college career, but through it I was able to start college with an open mind, ready for everything from homework to dorm life to the Student Union to a positive social life. I’m very happy I went through this program.”


Brooke N., Hawaii

“Not only did this experience increase my appreciation for the outdoors, it made my transition into college extremely smooth. Because Wilderness Welcome created such a tight knit environment for students, it was inevitable that we would eventually become close to one another.”


Noah R., Alaska

“When I heard about the Wilderness Welcome program I was excited about the opportunity to meet other incoming college students before the start of school. I decided to attend the San Juan River trip. The decision to attend this trip was one of the best I have ever made. It gave me the chance to meet new friends and helped feel comfortable when school did start…Today I am still great friends with a number of people from the Wilderness Welcome. My main group of friends is from the trip. My best friends here all attended the Wilderness Welcome.”


Alysa F., Arizona

“This summer, I made the best decision imaginable before beginning my semester here at Northern Arizona University. Attending Wilderness Welcome not only eased my anxiety about beginning college, it helped me meet new people and open doors for many possibilities in my future.”


Sarah R., New Mexico

“Not many people get the opportunity to go on a trip that sets them up for the next four years of their life. I can attest to the fact that I have entered Northern Arizona University more prepared and confident than I would have otherwise, had I not gone on the Wilderness Welcome trip down the San Juan River. The trip was not only a fun retreat; it also fostered a great sense of community, introduced me to good friends, and allowed me to feel confident before entering college.”