Alaska Outdoor Educator: Backpacking and Sea Kayaking

Alaska Outdoor Educator: Backpacking and Sea Kayaking


  • Designed for those currently working in or planning to enter the field of outdoor education
  • Paddle up to 150 miles and hike approximately 60 miles at elevations ranging from 3,000 to 7,000 feet
  • Practice teaching and facilitating group experiences and learning in order to develop skills as an educator
  • Fish for salmon, rockfish, and halibut while paddling
  • Amazing land and marine wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Focuses on building competence as outdoor leaders and emphasizes wilderness skills, group facilitation, risk management and using the wilderness as a classroom to support growth of groups and individuals
If you're a practicing or aspiring outdoor educator, you know that learning to lead groups in two different skill areas is a professional advantage. This course will prepare you to do just that, giving you the chance to learn how to lead on land and sea.

Your classroom for the sea kayaking section is Prince William Sound with its plentiful wildlife and booming tidewater glaciers. Using either Whittier or Valdez as a starting point, you'll learn how to glide along the coast in a sea kayak and have a chance to practice your teaching skills in some of the most beautiful parts of the Sound.

For the backpacking portion of the course, you'll be in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the Talkeetna Mountains, or the Kenai Mountains.

In this land of tundra and rocky passes, you'll work with our veteran educators to learn skills such as risk management, ration planning, and program supervision. By the end of this expedition, you'll be better equipped to teach, lead, and explore, whether in a boat or on foot.

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Location NOLS Alaska
Tuition $4,690 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $450
Minimum Age 18
Duration 30 Days
Type Outdoor Educator
Start/End Palmer, NOLS Alaska
Fly in/out Anchorage, NOLS Alaska
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Outdoor Educator
  • 2 Hours Risk Assessment
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
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