Outdoor Recreation, Education & Leadership
The Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership Program exemplifies Westminster’s Unique Environment for Learning. We’re minutes from world-class skiing, mountain biking and rock climbing in the local Wasatch Mountains. Beyond the Wasatch lies Utah’s red rock deserts, wild rivers, and vast wilderness areas – all of which become both our playground and our classroom.
Through academic classes and the Outdoor Education and Leadership Minor, we blend classroom learning with meaningful outdoor experiences to develop leadership, technical skills, self-awareness, character and stewardship. Student leadership is a priority for the program and many of our outdoor trips are student-led. Graduates who were a part of the Outdoor Program often leave Westminster having weeks of valuable field experience, advanced certifications, and an understanding of how lessons learned in the outdoors can apply to other areas of college, career, and everyday life.
Westminster students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their guests are welcome to participate in Outdoor Program trips and events with priority given to current students. We’re committed to supporting anyone who is interested in getting involved regardless of skill level, previous experience, and equipment needs. Whether you’re joining us for an evening hike or a weekend in the backcountry you’ll most likely learn something new, meet interesting people, and spend time in awe-inspiring places.