Located in beautiful Mt. Pleasant, Utah, Wasatch Academy has a wealth of natural resources not typically found in other private boarding schools. Settled in the high desert valley along the Wasatch Front, the land around Mt. Pleasant is composed of eroded sedimentary and igneous rocks from the surrounding materials. Nearly 85 percent of Sanpete County is rangeland, lying above benches, foothills and mountains.
While the areas around Mt. Pleasant are host to numerous agricultural developments with all manner of livestock, Sanpete County is also home to a large number of natural wildlife. Students at Wasatch Academy can view the area’s abundant wildlife through school-sanctioned hiking and camping trips, safely spotting Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, antelope, desert bighorn sheep, coyotes, pheasant and occasionally even cougars and black bears — animals that students at private boarding schools typically don’t see in their day-to-day routines.
While mourning doves, grouse, rainbow and German Brown trout may be plentiful in the trees and rivers near Wasatch Academy, other species are not as abundant. The area’s kit foxes, short-eared owls, Utah prairie dogs, American white pelicans and three-toed woodpeckers are all considered at-risk species for the area. Thankfully, Wasatch offers courses on environmental sustainability designed to reduce threats to the area’s native flora and fauna.
Trees and plants that are plentiful in the area include Gambel oak, evergreen junipers, pinyon pines, Engelmann spruce, subalpine fir, aspens and more. Students at Wasatch Academy can learn more about native plants through their studies and recreation trips, and can learn more about how to curb invasive plant species such as St. Johnswort, musk thistle, Bermuda grass, black henbane and many others.
With its unique location nestled in the high desert mountains of Central Utah, Wasatch Academy offer students opportunities to experience and learn about nature that are simply not available at most private boarding schools. With a proven commitment to environmental sustainability, Wasatch students don’t merely learn about the environment — they learn how to take care of it.