Program info

Participating in First Flight is one of the best ways to start your college experience! You will 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, long board 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 will 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 at 12:00pm, with team building activities and exploration of the local recreational resources to follow.

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 closing activities and dinner.

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 located under the Exercise & Sport Science Department and coordinated by UWL academic staff member and Adventure Program Coordinator,  T.J. Mickschl.  Each trip is staffed by a UWL faculty/staff member along with student trip leaders that have to submit an application and resume to be considered.

2021 Dates
Sunday August 29 and ending Friday September 3.

Climbing at Devils Lake, WI- $395 

Backpacking in the Porcupine Mountains, MI- $425

Canoeing on the Wisconsin River, WI- $395

Sea Kayaking in the Apostle Islands, WI- $600

Space is limited on each trip and registrations will be taken on 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