April marks the imminent close of another ski season, but there’s still time to hit the slopes and have some fun with the National Ability Center. All it takes to join in the NAC’s commitment “to the development of lifetime skills for people of all ages and abilities” is a few hours of training and a contagious passion for the outdoors.
Winter orientations are nearly over, but after completing their training volunteers are free to head out on half-day ski tours with attendees at resorts like PCMR, Deer Valley, and Canyons. Every outing pairs volunteers with a trained NAC instructor, so your main responsibilities are simply to ensure participants stay safe and are having fun.
If you’re too late to attend an orientation, or you spend your winter hibernating until spring spurs you back outside, you can spend some time at the NAC’s ranch. There, participants can take part in adaptive horseback riding, hippotherapy—which helps improve motor and sensory input in patients—and equine facilitated learning. Each of these programs are best suited for children, but can be therapeutic for any individual with behavioral, cognitive, or physical disabilities. You can support the equestrian center by volunteering, or by joining in their annual Barn Party, held this June 7.
If riding slopes and horses isn’t in your wheelhouse, the NAC has tons of spring and summer programs—climbing clinics, watersports events and camping excursions to name a few—and plenty of need for outgoing outdoorsmen and women to staff each of them.
For more details about volunteering, applications, training dates and descriptions, contact the NAC’s Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Jones, at 435-649-3991 x625 or email SarahJ@DiscoverNAC.org.