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Open For Adventure

Participants

Splore has been providing accessible outdoor recreation and education opportunities to individuals, families, youth groups, volunteers, and local and national agencies since 1977!

Individuals

Join Splore as an individual or with family and friends for an adventure you'll never forget!

Splore offers individual canoeing, climbing, and nordic ski and snowshoeing day lessons, plus "Open Enrollment" river rafting, canoeing, and yurt overnight trips for individuals with disabilities, as well as custom programming can be arranged for a unique and memorable experience!

All Splore programs are customized to the individual abilities of our clients. Splore's intimate program settings provides individual staff interaction allowing maximum potential for each client. Splore offers the opportunity for individuals with special needs to accomplish and experience things not seemingly possible and to apply these successes to their everyday lives. Plus, volunteer care providers are arranged, as needed, to ensure a positive and rewarding experience for participants and volunteers.

"As a person with a physical disability for 25 years, I'm so grateful to Splore for providing such a variety of accessible and affordable activities that I can participate in. I love getting out into the wilderness as much as possible, experiencing wild rivers, majestic mountains, beautiful scenery, and spending quality time with other like-minded participants, volunteers, and Splore staff who truly enjoy sharing their expertise and love of the outdoors with others who are less mentally or physically capable. " - Splore participant

Splore prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, or financial ability. Many Splore participants live on low or fixed incomes. On average, Splore reduces the average cost of services by approximately 80%. If you would like to apply for additional financial assistance, please click on the Splore Scholarship Program link and open or save the application. Please print the application, fill out completely, and mail to:

  • Splore - Attn. Tim Stempel
  • 880 East 3375 South
  • Salt Lake City, UT 84106
  • or fax to: 801.484.4177

Families

What does Splore offer to Parents/Guardians?

Splore offers fun, relaxing and meaningful experiences for parents, families and friends. Participating in a Splore activity with your child provides an opportunity for quality family time, strengthening family relationships and providing a special form of parental involvement. Parents and siblings are also given the chance to build a natural support group with other families to learn new ideas, share stories and make new friends, plus many other unique and lasting benefits.

"The whole experience was one of the greatest I've had since my injury two years ago. My mom is so overwhelmed every time we go." - Splore Participant

Accommodations for Families:

  • Additional care provider support
  • Activities tailored to your family needs
  • Inclusive and customized trips with partipants

Splore welcomes and encourages friends of disabled clients to participate on all of our activities and multi-day trips. These unique outdoor recreation and education experiences strengthen friendships and provide a fun recreational experience for groups of friends. Friends pay the same rate for trips as the disabled participant, and friends may also attend activities as care-providers.

Youth Groups

Splore works with various youth groups within the Salt Lake community!

Splore reaches thousands of school children and introduces them to the outdoors - canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, climbing, dutch oven cooking, cross-country skiing/snow shoeing, indoor/outdoor rock-climbing, cooperative games, teambuilding initiatives, urban adventures, and other recreation activities.

"Splore does a really good job of making sure they find the right people to help with the trips. The guides are very knowledgeable and very organized. They are always positive and helpful." - Lesa Lake-Allen, Youth Support Services

Splore programs provide youth the opportunity to participate in adventurous recreation and education activities that also provide the opportunity to interact with children with and without disabilities, and the ability to learn new skills and obtain increased self-confidence and self-esteem.

Volunteers

Volunteers are an essential part of the Splore experience.

Splore volunteers come from every walk in life - male and female, young and young at heart. Splore volunteers possess the following characteristics: A love of outdoor recreation, and a willingness to share outdoor recreational experiences with people of all abilities.

Each year Splore volunteers provide more than 2400 hours of service, representing an in-kind donation of more than $20,000. Volunteers help in many different capacities, and work with Splore's dedicated staff to provide program assistance, personal care, transportation, and fundraising support.

"Some of the best experiences of my life have been as a volunteer for Splore. What could be better than enjoying great outdoor activities like rafting, canoeing, climbing, and skiing while assisting others with disabilities in accessing the tremendous benefits and contentment of Utah's magnificent outdoor venues!"
- Splore volunteer

Splore volunteers assist in providing a better quality of life for people with disabilities and special needs. Splore staff members will provide volunteers with the training necessary to help support the needs of our participants. There is a way for everyone to lend a hand and we encourage you to join us today and start making a difference. You won't regret it!

Agencies

Splore works with many local and national agencies.

We welcome organizations and agencies to participate in Splore programs. Splore works with numerous public institutions, government agencies, private organizations and healthcare professionals to provide life-enhancing experiences to children and adults of all abilities.

"My overall impression of Splore is great. I have recommended Splore to other people and programs. We have used Splore for a long time and couldn't be happier." - Bernie Smith, Copper Hills Youth Center

Benefits of Participating with Splore:

  • Each activity is tailored to the needs of your organization and specific client needs
  • Receive wide variety of services that meet the needs of your agency or organization
  • Programs that serve children and adults with physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral disabilities
  • Half-day, full-day and 2-5 day programs
  • Services that are safe, customized, accessible, and affordable
  • An inclusive environment that brings clients, staff, volunteers, friends and family together

Splore's Current Partner Agencies:

  • Active Re-Entry
  • Big Brothers / Big Sisters
  • Boys & Girls Club (Capital West)
  • Bryant Intermediate School
  • Camp Kostopolus
  • Cancer Wellness House
  • Candlelighters-Kids Who Survived Cancer
  • Common Ground Outdoor Adventures
  • Community Entry Services
  • Copper Hills Youth Treatment Center
  • Danville Services
  • Health South Rehabilitation
  • Hillcrest Care Center
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Neighborhood House
  • NeuroFibromatosis Association
  • Park City Recreation
  • Observation & Assessment
  • People With AIDS Coalition
  • Primary Children's Treatment Center
  • S.L. County Youth Services
  • Div. of Child and Family Services
  • Div. of Services for People with Disabilities
  • Sorenson Multi Cultural Center
  • Sugarhouse Boys & Girls Club
  • TURN Community Services
  • U. of U. Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • U. of U. Department of Pediatrics Services
  • U. of U. Pediatric Dialysis Unit
  • U. of U. Youth Education
  • Utah Autism Society
  • Utah Independent Living Center
  • Utah Special Olympics
  • Utah State Development Center
  • Valley Mental Health
  • Vista Youth Treatment Center
  • West Jordan Care Center
  • Work Activity Center
  • Youth Support Services