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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 teaches 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 Wisconsin 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 ,  longboard  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, team building activities and exploration of the local recreational resources.

    Day 2 - Monday
    Groups participate in high ropes course 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 aspects of the program.

    Help first year UWL students transition into college.

    The program is open to all incoming UW-L 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 student trip leader and/or First Flight alumni participants.

    2016 Dates
    Sunday August 28 and ending Friday September 2

    Climbing at Devils Lake, WI- $395 

    Backpacking in the Porcupine Mountains, MI- $395

    Canoeing on the Wisconsin River, WI- $395

    Sea Kayaking in the Apostle Islands, WI- $550

    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. The remaining registration fees are based on your selection on the registration form.  You can have your trip balance added to the Fall University bill or you may send in a check. 

    Make check payable to:
    UW-La Crosse First Flight

    Send check to:
    UW-La Crosse Cashiers Office
    1725 State St.
    121 Graff Main Hall
    La Crosse, WI 54601

    Please write participants first and last name and the trip they are attending on the memo line.


    • 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