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Cultural Exploration

The Southwest is filled with ancient pictographs, petroglyphs and cliff dwellings left by Native American cultures. Students explore some of these unique locations, gaining insight into the historical relevance of this wilderness area. They learn about the natural history and desert ecology of canyon country and how ancient Native Americans carved out a community in this arid environment. Exploring Anasazi and Paiute stories gives students a chance to examine their own history and place in the world. This exploration, coupled with listening to the diversity of the team’s experience, widens each participant’s perspective and offers opportunities for self-reflection.

Service Projects

Service to others is its own reward. Service projects are an integral part of the Expedition Therapy curriculum. Students have the opportunity to participate in service projects based on the needs of nearby communities and organizations. Planning and implementing these projects raises participants’ sense of self worth and builds a group leadership environment. Students explore the greater community and benefit from developing relationships within it.

Projects include volunteering at animal shelters, cleaning up and maintaining national park sites, providing support at an Ironman triathlon, and many more opportunities for Expedition Therapy students to “give back” and fully understand the significance of service, as well as what it feels like. This is an essential part of what it means to be an adult and fully participate in the world.

Wilderness First Aid

Through hands-on practice, students have the opportunity to become certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA), and CPR.*

Combining classroom sessions and demonstrations with realistic mock-patient scenarios, this emergency response training includes patient assessment, musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries, splinting, and a variety of other topics.

With the skills and perspective gained during this week, students will be prepared to provide primary care for illnesses or injuries that may occur far from established sources of medical care. Students gain knowledge and confidence while developing their critical decision making skills.

*Certification fees are additional and may vary based on specific course offerings.