Participating in First Flight is one of the best ways to start your college experience! You'll make new friends, learn about yourself, UW-La Crosse and have a blast!
There are three main components of the program;
where you'll be placed in unique situations that teach responsibility and decision making, participate in an
outdoor pursuit experience
where you'll become familiar with local natural resources, campus recreation opportunities and team building activities, and
goal setting strategies
to successfully begin your college career.
Depending upon which trip you select the program will run for 6 days , of which 3 or 4 nights are spent in the field either canoeing on the Namekagon River, climbing
at Devils Lake State Park,
in the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan or
in the Apostle Islands.
While on campus First Flighter's will challenge themselves on our high and low
in Hixon Forest,
the Adventure Program's or REC's indoor climbing wall,
campus, experience the dining services and stay in the residence hall room they'll be living in for the upcoming year.
What the Week Looks Like
Day 1 -Sunday
All First Flight participants will begin the experience together with a welcome lunch, name game / low ropes activities and exploration of the local recreational resources.
Day 2 - Monday
Groups participate in high ropes team building activities and prep for their trips.
Days 3 & 4, 5 - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
All groups are in the field
Day 6- Friday
Groups return to campus and participate in activities and closing dinner.
Day 7- Saturday
All First Flight participates will help with move-in at the residence halls . We do this for the opportunity to move-in early and stay free in the residence halls during the week of First Flight. We will organize groups to meet and assist res halls with move-in Saturday from 9am -12pm. This is a great opportunity for you to meet more new people and to welcome students to our campus.
The program utilizes full time faculty/staff, student trip leaders and First Flight Alumni in all aspect of the program.
Help first year UWL students transition into college.
The program is open to all incoming UWL students. No prior experience in any of the activities is required.
How to register
Registration has begun! There are limited spots available so sign up today.
The program is coordinated by UWL academic staff member, T.J. Mickschl, ESS Adventure Program Coordinator. Each trip is staffed by a UWL faculty/staff member along with a student trip leader and First Flight alumni participant.
Sunday August 30 and ending Friday September 4
Canoeing on the Namekagon River, WI
Climbing at Devils Lake, WI
Backpacking in the Porcupine Mountains, MI
Sea Kayaking in the Apostle Islands, WI
Space is limited on each trip and registrations will be taken of a first come first serve basis
A non refundable $100 deposit is required to register for First Flight. Checks can be mailed to 219 Mitchell Hall to reserve your spot. The remaining registration fees can be added to your Fall University bill or you may send in a check.
Make check payable to:
UWL First Flight
Send check to:
UWL First Flight
1725 State St.
219 Mitchell Hall
La Crosse, WI 54601