Fall Semester in the Pacific Northwest

Fall Semester in the Pacific Northwest


  • Explore this region while climbing, sailing, sea kayaking, and backpacking
  • Travel through terrain at elevations between the ocean and 8,000 feet
  • Spot river otters, harbor seals, eagles, and black and brown bears
  • Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and Leave No Trace Trainer certifications
  • Travel through a wide variety of environments, from sailing on the ocean to the temperate rainforest to the rain shadow of the Cascades
The wilderness of the Northwest—your home for two and a half months—is like no other region in the country.

In close proximity to the NOLS Pacific Northwest facility are steep, heavily glaciated mountains, impressive forests of towering evergreens, outstanding rock climbing areas, and miles of wilderness coastline.

You'll explore all these environments, from jamming your hands into granite cracks on a climb to taking the helm of a 36-foot sailboat in British Columbia waters. Throughout, you'll be experiencing things few other semesters at NOLS offer, including keelboat sailing in Canada and a coastal hiking section where you'll study marine life.

From the snow-capped peaks and clear mountain lakes to old-growth forests and tidal waters, you'll explore, navigate, learn, and practice your skills, returning home with a solid foundation in wilderness expeditioning.


Location NOLS Pacific Northwest
Tuition $12,985 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $700
Minimum Age 17
Duration 80 Days
Type Semester & Year
Start/End Conway, Washington
Fly in/out Seattle, Washington
College Credit
  • 16 Credit Hours
  • 3 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 4 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 6 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 3 Hours Risk Assessment
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High School Credit
  • 2 Carnegie Units
  • 1 CU Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“[Mountaineering] puts you in an environment where you're pushed to the limits, doing things you've never done in your life.”

-Alycia G.

NOLS Pacific Northwest Grad