Eighth Grade river expedition

The Eighth Grade Outdoor Education experience in May is the culmination of the Country Day Outdoor Education program. All the lessons learned over years of outdoor trips come together on this ambitious expedition, and the Eighth Graders return with a vivid understanding of the core values of our Outdoor Education program: character, respect, responsibility, community, and perseverance.

Dates for 2019 are:

  • depart Sunday, May 19
  • return Friday, May 24, approx, 8:30 pm

Teachers accompany the trip along with experienced river guides from Canyonlands Field Institute. We review plans, expectations, and trip details with the class in spring. 

Packing list


  • lightweight capilene long-sleeve shirt and pants (cool in sun, warm in rain), absolutely required
  • wool socks for under Tevas
  • sneakers or trail runners for hiking
  • bathing suits: "surf jams" and rash guards are best for both boys and girls, for swimming and sun protection
  • t-shirts - three
  • underwear
  • bandana or buff for sun protection
  • camp pants: sweats or pajama type pant
  • long underwear
  • lightweight gloves
  • long pants with zip off option for shorts (ideal)
  • shorts - two pair
  • rain suit, top and bottom, important
  • wool hat
  • lightweight down coat for in camp, cold nights
  • heavyweight fleece
  • sunglasses with croakie
  • sunhat (for function, not fashion - a baseball cap works with a bandana for ear flaps)
  • toiletries, hair brush, tooth brush, etc.
  • Tevas, or Teva-type sandals that can get wet and stay on during a swim or short hike; heel strap or back required, no flip flops
  • sunscreen: waterproof and strong, packed in ziploc bag
  • lotion for dry skin
  • lipbalm with SPF
  • towel


  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping pad in separate sack
  • pillow is a stuff sack with fleece wrapped around it
  • water bottle with strap or caribiner attachment (quart Naglene bottle)
  • headlamp/with NEW batteries installed
  • pack everything in a DUFFLE bag
  • day pack
Practical Advice
  • If if stays hot, you won't need much stuff. If the weather turns nasty, then you need warm, functional stuff. Packing will be your responsibility, but we reserve the right to repack you.
  • Dressing for intense sun and heat -- and being able to cover all exposed skin -- is just as important as dressing for cooler temperatures. It's important to pack Items that can be layered as the weather changes.
  • We will keep your rain gear and lightweight long underwear accessible while on the river in case of sudden weather, but everything else will be stashed in dry bags during the day. Please remember to MARK AND LABEL everything with your name.
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Phone: 970.925.1909
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