Utah and Colorado Whitewater Rafting for College Credit

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Adrift Adventures and Western State College partner to offer outdoor education students a Utah and Colorado whitewater rafting course on the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument .

Rafting for college credit.

Recreation and Outdoor Education Students at Western State College of Colorado are required to take a water-based course in outdoor leadership.

For me, the more people we take down the Yampa River, the more likely it will continue to flow.

Adrift Adventures, a wilderness whitewater rafting company headquartered in central Colorado and authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service, partners with Western State College of Colorado for the seventh consecutive year to offer an outdoor leadership course that includes a four-day Utah and Colorado whitewater rafting trip on the Yampa River May 9-12 in Dinosaur National Monument.

Dr. Mark Gibson, program coordinator for recreation and outdoor education at Western State and former river guide at Adrift Adventures, will again teach the three-credit Utah and Colorado whitewater rafting course.

“It is designed to expose students to the rafting industry and to see how a trip is run commercially. This includes discussion about preservation, outdoor ethics, working with government agencies and protecting the Yampa River,” Gibson said. “All students in our program must complete this or another water-based course offered here in the (Gunnison) valley, but this seems to be the one that fills up the fastest. Snow-based and land-based courses are also required.”

In addition to the 4-day Yampa River trip, Gibson said the class usually stays an extra day to run Split Mountain Gorge, a 9-mile stretch on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument, and upon returning to the Western State campus students are assigned more course work and some outside projects.

“Ultimately, we want them to come away with an appreciation of rivers as a resource. Today, the Yampa is one of our last free-flowing rivers, but there is always a proposed water project on the table,” Gibson said. “We cannot rest on our laurels and hope that it will always be there. For me, the more people we take down the Yampa River, the more likely it will continue to flow.”

Adrift Adventures is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service and operates Utah and Colorado whitewater rafting trips near the confluence of the Green River and Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument. To learn more about Utah and Colorado whitewater rafting trips through Adrift Adventures visit http://www.whitewater.net or call 1-800-723-8987.

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