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Labyrinth Canyon Canoeing
August 15-20, 2018
Cost: $310.00
Trip Orientation: Wednesday August 15th 2:00pm

Labyrinth Canyon

Located nearly 300 miles from Logan, near the town of Green River Utah, Labyrinth Canyon was carved out of the desert rock by the south flowing Green River. Named by John Wesley Powell during his 1869 expedition for it's meandering characteristics, Labyrinth Canyon provides a beautiful classroom setting to learn about desert ecology, connect with the natural environment and fellow Freshmen.

You will pack everything you need in a canoe and leave civilization behind as you paddle nearly 60 miles of this scenic flatwater river. Along the way, you will explore hiking opportunities, historical sites and learn about the desert flora and fauna. You will be led by the OP's canoeing experts and learn about your connection to the desert ecology from a master naturalist.

The following requirements must be met in order to participate on this course:

  • Be an incoming Freshmen student.
  • Complete the application process and be selected to attend.
  • Register and pay the course fee.
  • Be able to swim.
  • Have no injuries or conditions that would limit ability to swim, paddle a canoe and/or hike up to 5 miles. 
  • Be prepared to spend 5 days in a wilderness desert environment with potential temperatures above 100˚ F/ 38˚ C.
  • Complete the USU 1010 Connections course following the canoe field experience.
  • No canoe experience necessary.

2018 Canoe Itinerary

Wednesday August 15th: Arrive in Logan and check in to housing. Trip Orientation at Outdoor Programs 2:00pm.

Thursday August 16th: Depart Logan for Labyrinth Canyon and begin 5-day journey on the Green River. 

Monday August 20th: Depart from Labyrinth Canyon and return to USU Campus.

Tuesday August 21st: Clean and return canoeing equipment. Prepare for USU 1010 Connections Class.

Course Fee Includes the Following:

  • Canoeing Equipment
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Dry Bag
  • Headlamp
  • Water Bottle
  • First Aid Kits
  • Group Cooking Equipment
  • Meals on the River
  • Transportation to and from River

What You Need to Provide:

  • Transportation to Logan
  • Lodging for 8/15 & 8/20 if you will not be living on campus
  • Meals prior to and after the river(including $ for the drive down & back) 
  • Clothes/personal equipment for the river(a detailed packing list will be sent once accepted & registered)

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Mt. Naomi Wilderness Backpacking
August 16-21, 2018
Cost: $210.00
Trip Orientation: Thursday August 16th 2:00pm

Mt. Naomi Wilderness

Right in our own campus backyard lies the Mount Naomi Wilderness in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. This rugged and beautiful wilderness area contains towering peaks, alpine lakes and an amazing opportunity to learn about mountain ecology while getting to know your fellow incoming Freshmen.
You will pack everything you need for five days on your back and hike for 20 miles through alpine peaks and valleys. You will be led by the OP's backpacking experts and learn about your connection to the local ecology from a master naturalist. 

Check out this video made by a Natural Connections student!

The following requirements must be met in order to participate on this course:

  • Be an incoming Freshmen student for fall 2018.
  • Complete the application process and be selected to attend.
  • Register and pay the course fee.
  • Have no injuries or conditions that would limit strenous physical activity and ability to hike up to 5 miles per day with a 30lb pack. 
  • Be prepared to spend 5 days in a wilderness mountain environment at elevations up to 9,000ft / 2,700m.
  • Complete the USU 1010 Connections course following the backpacking field experience.
  • No backpacking experience necessary.

2018 Backpacking Itinerary

Thursday August 16th: Arrive in Logan and check in to housing. Trip Orientation at Outdoor Programs 2:00pm.

Friday August 17th: Depart Logan for Mt. Naomi Wilderness and begin 5-day backpacking experience. 

Tuesday August 21st: Depart Mt. Naomi Wilderness and return to USU Campus. Clean and return backpacking gear. Prepare for USU 1010 Connections class.

Course Fee Includes the Following:

  • Backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Headlamp
  • Water Bottle
  • First Aid Kits
  • Group Cooking Equipment
  • Meals in the field
  • Transportation to and from trailhead

What You Need to Provide:

  • Transportation to Logan
  • Lodging for 8/15 if you will not be living on campus
  • Meals prior to and after backpacking
  • Clothes/personal equipment for backpacking(a detailed packing list will be sent once accepted & registered)

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