About Natural Connections
Join USU Outdoor Programs for the Natural Connections course. Enhance your Connections experience by spending five days in the Mount Naomi Wilderness less than an hour from campus. Trip orientation takes place on Thursday August 16th, followed by backpacking from August 17th to 21st, and a return to campus in time to join a special section of USU 1010 that begins on August 22nd. Natural Connections costs an additional $210, which includes rental of a backpack, camp stove, sleeping bag, meals in the field and a headlamp that is yours to keep. Natural Connections students living on campus will be allowed to check in to housing early to attend. Applications will be accepted starting June 1st are due by 12:00pm on June 30th.
Who can join?
The Natural Connections course is for incoming freshmen only. All students who enroll in Natural Connections will be enrolled in a special section of USU 1010 to complete upon their return from their backpacking experience.
How to apply?
Students must apply to participate in this course; only 30 will be selected to attend. Applicants must fill out the online application form and submit a one page written composition about what the outdoors means to them in order to be considered for the course. A link will appear on this page when applications are being accepted during the month of June. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis and are due by 12:00pm(MST) on June 30. Selected applicants will be informed via email the first week of July and given instructions on how to register and pay the course fee.
What will you do?
Participants will spend five days in the Mount Naomi Wilderness exploring Cache Valley's amazing backcountry with the OP's outdoor experts, and gaining valuable insights about the geology and ecology of the area alongside naturalists from Stokes Nature Center. Learn about the formal process of observing and recording the details of nature, and get acquainted with your new environment through this Natural Connections course.
What you will need?
Attendees will need to bring these items:
• Clothing suitable for the outdoors(Avoid Cotton)
• Hiking boots
• 3-5 pairs of socks
• Sunscreen and a hat
• Rain gear
A comprehensive equipment list will be emailed to those selected to attend.
What we will provide
Outdoor Programs will provide backpack rentals, camp stove, tent, sleeping bag, meals in the field as well as a headlamp and water bottle that is yours to keep. For the orientation day, on August 16, 2018, we will provide early check-in to student housing* on campus. Students will be back in time for the remainder of their Connections courses.
Your $210 fee covers all of the costs associated with the backpacking portion of the Connections course.
We look forward to seeing you!
*If you plan on living off campus, you will need to make your own lodging arrangements for the night following orientation.