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Alumni Service Trip in the Tetons or New York's Adirondacks

August 13-19, 2017 - Adirondacks

August 20-26, 2017 - Tetons



Service Trip

Great folks and a grand view.
Photo: Rich Brame


These trips take NOLS grads, friends and families into Idaho's Tetons or New York's Adirondack Mountains for a week of camping, connection, camaraderie and service. We'll team with the U.S. Forest Service, Student Conservation Association, or the local State Park system to conduct meaningful and challenging service projects that protect public lands and enhance visitor safety and enjoyment in the backcountry.

The hike into our project site may include a lot of uphill trail—past year's trail building projects were as high as 11,000’. Our project may include trail construction, bridge or walkway maintenance, or campsite rehab. Service work is demanding—we’ll routinely use shovels, hammers, buckets, pry-bars and lots of team muscle on most days of the trip.

The trip is not all work. There will be time for photography, socializing and just plain enjoying the high country. Instructors will plan on an optional non-technical peak ascent as well as fly fishing practice and instruction. Evenings include group dinners and sipping beverages around a campfire.

Past service trip participants speak passionately about the beauty of the area, the team spirit of the group and the satisfaction of “giving back” to the land through service. The words “fun” and “hard work” are used in equal measure.

This trip, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Student Conservation Association, may qualify as service or volunteer hours for academic or other programs.

Here's a quick, 3-minute video overview of a recent service trip.


Alumni Service Trip in the Wind Rivers
Dates: August 13-16 - Adirondacks
August 20-26 - Tetons
Duration: 7 days
Cost: $595
Average Age:

34 (range 17 - 58, minimum is 16)

Typical Female/Male Mix:


Course start/end:

Gabriels, NY - Adirondacks

Driggs, ID - Tetons

Activity Rating :

(this is a subjective rating of anticipated physical difficulty- weather, route, and the group mix can combine to make trips more or less "difficult" —higher numbers mean more challenge.)



Horses will carry some group gear and tools, but it's up to the humans to put the tools to use.

Fly in/out:

Saranac Lake, NY - Adirondacks
Jackson, WY - Tetons

Additional Information:

Trip Description (pdf) - Adirondacks

Trip Description (pdf) - Tetons

Apply Now:

Download Application (pdf)



Email us with your questions about this trip.

Signing Up
A $200 per person non-refundable deposit is required for enrollment on all alumni trips. If you would like to sign up or have questions just give us a call at 1-800-332-4280 or email at



Wind River Service Trip
NOLS grads feel strongly about public lands and service.
Photo: Rich Brame

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