Defining Your Path Field Trip Program
Providing K-8th* grade field trips to The University of Utah!
The Office of Engagement invites the K-8 community to connect and engage with higher education through the Defining Your Path Field Trip Program! Field trips to the University of Utah are valuable learning experiences that sparks students' interests, and sets them on a path toward higher education. Success in college can never start too early!
Rather than focusing on walking tours of campus, we collaborate with over 35 departments and programs at the University to arrange for a variety of activities and demonstrations. We fill these field trips with engaging, hands-on experiences to help students imagine themselves in college one day. We emphasize the value of college, while highlighting the fun aspects! Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, in public, private, charter, homeschool, and youth groups are all welcome!
The DYP Field Trip Program welcomed over 4,000 students to campus during the 2019-2020 academic year! Our program is growing, and availability is limited, so please submit your field trip requests as early as possible. If you're interested in scheduling a field trip for the 2020-21 academic year, please fill out our field trip request form.
NOTICE: due to public health concerns, we have suspended campus visits until January 2021.
We are not accepting field trip requests at this time.
In the meantime, please enjoy these virtual, interactive tours of University of Utah
(click and drag to adjust the camera's line of sight!)
*To arrange a field trip for 9th - 12th grade students, please contact the Office of Admissions here.
Getting Started & FAQs:
When can I visit?
We are available for field trips during the academic year (mid-September to late May) on weekdays from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. We do not hold field trips during University closure days or during University finals weeks.
Field trips are scheduled on a "first come, first served" basis. To assure that your potential field trip date is available, please try to book, at least, four weeks in advance.
Availability is limited and we will fill up!
If you are interested in bringing a group of students to campus during the summertime (June - August), please contact the Program Manager.
How long will we be on campus?
Our average field trip lasts 4 hours (9:30 am - 1:30 pm), however, we can accommodate most time frames. A four hour field trip would likely include two hands-on activities for the students, lunch on campus, and a campus scavenger hunt.
How much does it cost?
Defining Your Path field trips are free of charge!
You are responsible for the cost of transportation to the University and the cost of lunch for the students, if applicable.
What are the group size limitations?
Due to limited available space on campus, our capacities differ by day:
Mondays - Thursdays: 0 - 75 students
Fridays: 0 - 125 students
For groups larger than 125, please contact the Program Manager.
What will we do on campus?
We collaborate with over 35 different departments and programs on campus to create meaningful experiences for your students! We often work with the College of Engineering, the Marriott Library, the Department of Astronomy & Physics, Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, and many others.
Field trip activities range from science and engineering lab tours and demonstrations, to dissections and creating hand-made books. Participate in political and social forums, meet with faculty and students to receive in-depth knowledge on a wide array of subjects. Experience campus life from the Marriott Library to the Student Union, discover all of this on one campus!
Planning a Visit
First determine the educational goals of your field trip. Consider the department, subject, and topic you wish to explore. Then,
Please note that reservations are NOT confirmed until you have received a confirmation email. In order to properly plan a field trip and coordinate with the University's departments, please plan a date 4-6 weeks in advance of your field trip request.
Contact Logan Meyers, the Defining Your Path Field Trip Program Manager, if you have
questions or need assistance in planning your visit.
Office Phone: 801-587-1685
Interested in volunteering during a field trip?
You must be affiliated with the University of Utah to volunteer during a Defining Your Path field trip. If you are staff, faculty, or a student at the U, we would love to have you involved!
Defining Your Path Volunteers are screened appropriately, as outlined in the University of Utah Youth Protection Policy. Volunteers are not permitted to be alone with minors at any time during the field trip. The University of Utah is committed to protecting minors participating in University programs. If you have concerns about any misconduct in connection with this program/event, please contact the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at 801-581-8365.
Logan, the DYP Field Trip Coordinator, has been planning and directing field trips at the University of Utah since summer 2016. He is an enthusiastic leader who enjoys teaching students of all ages. As a constructivist educator, Logan strives to create meaningful learning environments that allow students to learn through real experiences. Logan attended Utah Valley University where he earned a degree in Secondary Art Education, along with a Utah State Teaching License.
lead DYP ambassador
Sarah, the Lead DYP Ambassador, has been a part of the field trip program since Fall 2017. As a first-generation college student with a keen passion for education and inclusivity, she is easy to connect with and makes friends with every young student that visits campus. Sarah is currently majoring in Social Work and minoring in SUDC and Korean. She took advanage on concurrent enrollment opportunities in high school, so she'll graduate and move onto grad school in the blink of an eye!