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Wild Connections, Human Connections – the Deer Hill Movie

Find out what our adventure summer camps for teens are really like and hear young people like you describe their experience. This film immerses you in the experience of a Deer Hill adventure. Shot on location at Deer Hill Basecamp, and in numerous Colorado Plateau field locations, including the rivers of Utah, the mountains of southwest Colorado, and community service locations across the Four Corners region.

Service with Deer Hill

Shot in the summer of 2011, this is an in-depth look at the community service projects that Deer Hill’s teen participants complete in the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni Nations of the American Southwest. Includes interviews with service hosts Milton, Iva, Patrick and Lorena! Highlights include: building a fence on Milton’s old family homestead; creating a huge shade shelter near beautiful Canyon de Chelly, and getting a guided tour of the deepest reaches of the canyon with our hosts; silversmithing with our Hopi host Iva; hanging out with Deer Hill’s awesome leaders; interviewing some hilarious participants; and just the incredibly welcoming people, stunning landscapes, star shows and sunrises we encountered.


Wilderness Leadership

Shot in the summer of 2010, this movie gives you an in-depth look at our most advanced teen adventure camp, Wilderness Leadership. Follow 13 participants from all over the U.S. as they explore the meaning of leadership while canyoneering in Gravel Canyon in Utah, completing a cross-cultural service project in the Hopi Nation, Arizona, and finally taking on a challenging backpacking, mountaineering and rock-climbing expedition in the Weminuche Wilderness of Colorado. Combines interview footage with the participants and stunning images of wilderness locations across the region.

Custom Adventures in Wilderness and Community Service for Schools

This video documents a class trip with the Waldorf School of Lexington. Shot in spring 2012 by George Knowles of Good Pocket Films, the video follows  this group of students through their 8 day program, as they raft the San Juan River in Utah, and work alongside a family on their traditional sheep ranch high in the Chuska Mountains on the Navajo Nation.

Programs for 7th & 8th Graders

This video shows you many of the places visited and activities enjoyed on our adventure summer camps for 13-14 year olds. Includes participant interviews, as well as footage from river expeditions, mountain biking, a service project in the Navajo Nation, and climbing a 13,000-foot peak!

Green River 2010

Watch Southwest Journey 2010 raft the Green River in Utah. The group spent 8 days of their 25-day adventure summer program floating Desolation and Gray Canyons of the Green River, one of the most beautiful, remote and exciting river trips in the US. The video begins with the group flying into the remote put-in in the Utah wilderness by chartered plane, hiking down to the river, and launching. We see the beauty of the deepest sections of Desolation Canyon, relaxed floating, messing around on the river, footage from some of the larger rapids on the river, and time spent chilling out at camp.

Southwest Journey 2010 from Richard Deer Hill on Vimeo.

Deer Hill Foundation

Since 1998, Deer Hill Foundation has provided financial awards to high-potential, low-income students from the U.S. and abroad. Our financial awards assist, or pay entire tuition costs for a Deer Hill Expedition (DHE) that may include backpacking in the Weminuche Wilderness, mountain biking in the San Juan Mountains, rafting and exploring the gentle country of Costa Rica, and hiking and river rafting in the canyon country. All DHE programs involve an extended community service component for Native American families in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado, as well as the Bri Bri Indians in Costa Rica and the native Tico village of Tres Equis.

Goodie Pocket Films.