Backpacking Expeditions for Middle and High School Students with CWC Lander & Alpine Science Institute

This summer, Central Wyoming College Lander and Alpine Science Institute will lead two backpacking expeditions for middle and high school students as part of their community education and recreation courses. 

Camp Popo Agie is a week-long camp for students entering the 6th – 8th grades. The camp will take place July 11 -1 7 at the CWC Alpine Science Institute. Campers will take on outdoor rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, fly-fishing, painting on canvas, and archery. The camp will conclude with a three-night backpacking adventure in the Wind River Range where campers will learn to set up a camp, cook for themselves, map skills and Leave No Trace© practices. This camp will be a taste of many outdoor activities and an immersive experience that will make a deep imprint on campers, leaving them with lasting skills and confidence they can transfer to all aspects of their lives. 

The Power Up Expedition is a 6-day backpacking expedition into the Wind River Mountains for students entering 9th – 12th grades. Running June 27 – July 2, this trip will push students’ boundaries while building their physical and emotional confidence. They will learn how to work with a group and experience real-life leadership opportunities. Students will experience hands-on learning, giving them independence and freedom from their day-to-day front-country life. Students will challenge themselves by trail cooking, setting up a tent, fishing, map-reading, and so much more. They’ll enjoy new skills like plant and animal ID, basic first aid, and Leave No Trace©. These skills will leave students wanting more opportunities to challenge themselves!


Both courses will be led by CWC Outdoor Education and Leadership Adjunct Instructor and Senior NOLS Instructor, Stacy Wells. Stacy has over 20 years of experience teaching and leading students in the outdoors. Camp Popo Agie will be co-led by CWC Professor of Outdoor Education and Leadership and Senior NOLS Instructor, Darran Wells. 

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Scholarships are available for both courses. Please contact CWC Lander at 307-332-3394 or [email protected] for more information.


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