What is WOOT? 

Western Outdoor Orientation Trips (WOOT) are a unique opportunity for first-year students to spend a week backpacking or kayaking while exploring the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest with a group of fellow students prior to their first quarter at WWU. Harnessing the transformative power of the outdoors, WOOT offers an enhanced orientation experience in which students forge friendships, learn backcountry and outdoor skills, gain mentors, and make incredible memories. WOOT leads to stronger and more meaningful connections that can contribute to an impactful and fulfilling Western experience, boosting students’ academic success.




Is WOOT right for me?

Are you an incoming student? Then WOOT is right for you! Regardless of your prior outdoor experience or physical abilities, WOOT is designed for ALL levels of ability. Every trip involves a certain level of physical demand as students are responsible for carrying their own equipment and food on backpacking and sea kayaking trips. Upon registering you will be asked specific questions that assist us in ensuring that you are placed on a trip that meets your needs and level of challenge. With regular physical activity leading up to the trip, you will have no problem thriving during your WOOT experience.