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University of Utah Alternative Break Stewardship Day

October 11

The Partnership

Every year our Stewardship Program partners with the University of Utah’s Bennion Center to provide an in-field Stewardship Day to teach students about wilderness, public lands, land management and the nitty-gritty of practical land-restoration strategies. This is an opportunity exclusively for students attending a University of Utah Alternative Break Program. 

The Work

Illegal travel and impacts in and adjacent to WSAs will be remediated with a variety of techniques, including:

  • Raking, vertical mulching, and other surface naturalization strategies;
  • Placing heavy stone and downed logs to naturalize the impacted travel area;
  • Installation of education signage to prevent future incursions.

Volunteers Needed: Pre-arranged Group
Project Lead: Ellie Swanson
Contact: ellie@suwa.org

A comprehensive itinerary will be provided to registered volunteers.

  • Fri Oct 11

Project Rating 

Level 2 – Our most common trip incorporates mid- to heavy-lifting, work in remote landscapes at varying elevations, an increased diversity of tool use, and an emphasis on physical fitness and hiking competency.

Camping & Meals

Specific location of camping site(s) will be provided in the Welcome Letter sent to registered volunteers.

SUWA provides select meals, snacks and drinks during the project. Volunteers are responsible for all additional meals not specified in the Welcome Letter during their stay.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Participants are responsible for their own food, water and camping gear as well as transportation to and from the project site(s). Volunteers should plan to be away from camp all day each of the work days. A recommended pack list will be sent along with the project Welcome Letter  (4) weeks prior to the start date.

Registration & Acceptance Timeline

A 2024 General Volunteer Application is required for this project. 

  • When we have received your form, you will receive a confirmation e-mail within (5) working days of submission.
  • In order to ensure participation by the most diverse applicants, we log all applications until (8) weeks prior to the project. At this point, you will first receive a call from our stewardship team to further discuss the project.
  • Following this call, you will receive an e-mail confirming whether you have been placed on the “project roster” or a “waiting list.”
  • If you are selected for the project roster, you will then complete a Volunteer Agreement.
  • Individuals on the Waitlist List will be contacted if space opens due to cancellation within (2) weeks of the project start date.
  • At (4) weeks before the project start date, registered and confirmed participants will receive a Welcome Letter, with a comprehensive itinerary, including: driving instructions, a Project Map for mobile devices (when applicable), a notification about carpools and/or caravans, and any additional information pertinent to the project.
  • Within (2) weeks of the project you will receive a direct call from our stewardship coordinator to answer any additional questions you may have.

If you have any questions at any point throughout the process, please do not hesitate to contact us here or by calling  (435) 259-9151.



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