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    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;  adventure education  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,  backpacking  in the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan or  kayaking  in the Apostle Islands.  

    While on campus First Flighter's will challenge themselves on our high and low  ropes course , take  night hikes  in Hixon Forest,  bike ,  rollerblade  or  hike  local trails,  climb  the Adventure Program's or REC's indoor climbing wall,  explore  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.

    2015 Dates
    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


    • Meet new friends
    • Build relationships with current faculty and staff members
    • Discover the beauty of Wisconsin
    • Learn about important campus resources
    • Interact with current students
    • Learn where to recreate locally
    • Learn skills and attitudes that improve your chance of success in college.
    • Move in early
    • Have fun