Lake Mead Kayaking Trip 2018 Program Description: We have a fun day in store for all of you! We will be kayaking north from Willow Beach on the Colorado River through Black Canyon. This is just a day trip so please plan on packing your own lunch as well as dressing appropriately since you are likely to get wet. This trip will allow participants to experience one of the amazing recreation opportunities at their local national park site. Participants will also learn more about how the Outdoor Leadership Academy and National Park Service are working together to build the next generation of outdoor leaders. Our Lake Mead Kayaking trip took place through Black Canyon on the Colorado River. It was just a day trip where students packed their own essential items. It was a fun and unique activity for a lot of students who attended as they had never been kayaking before or done something similar. This trip primarily uncluded Las Vegas students as Black Canyon is close to home although a handful of Dixie State students participated in the trip as well. Students got to experience kayaking into the emerald cove in black canyon as well as learning more about The Outdoor Leadership Academy and The National Parks Service and how they work together to build the next generation of outdoor leaders.
Testimonial from one of our students:
The outdoor leadership academy has and will continue to leave a great impact on my life. It has opened me to many new experiences in leadership, new opportunities, new friendships, new skills, new topics, and most importantly awareness of what national parks have to offer and also how diverse each park is. Each one of these trips I have participated in has definitely improved my knowledge and understanding of various issues within each park and also made me appreciate our marvelous planet with even a greater passion. Thinking back on all the wonderful trips I have attended, each one has had a different learning outcome and left me with a different feeling. Being active and being challenged outdoors, whether you are hiking a trail, biking, kayaking, etc. it has led me to be an even greater advocate about outdoor sports and hobbies. Giving other minorities who have not explored or had any outdoor opportunities or exposure is something that should taken advantage of, especially living out in Utah. Utah never fails to impress me. I truly believe introducing other individuals to the outdoor world will broaden their knowledge and understanding about our earth. Hopefully it will create more individuals who care about the planet/environment and encourage others about having an active/healthy lifestyle because obesity seems to be increasing and is the number one cause of most deaths in the U.S., which with obesity comes many health issues. The outdoor leadership academy has impacted me immensely. I highly recommend to any student/faculty on campus to join OLA and participate on the trips. -Hannah Flores (attendance on multiple trips)