Fall Semester in the Rockies with WFR

Fall Semester in the Rockies with WFR


  • Course sections include: backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, and canyoneering
  • Emphasis on leadership skill development in a variety of environments
  • Locations may include Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, South Dakota, Utah, Nevada or Arizona
  • Certifications: Wilderness First Responder (WFR) & CPR and Leave No Trace Master Educator
  • WFR is the industry standard for outdoor professionals
NOLS invented the outdoor semester, and this course is where it all began.

A Rockies Semester will take you on a Wild West tour de force while giving you a complete set of skills to lead and teach in the backcountry, whether in the field of outdoor education or with your own friends and family.

Our grads are among the most well-rounded and self-sufficient backcountry travelers in the world. Learn to paddle a canoe down a class-III rapid, make sound first-aid decisions miles from the nearest road, and navigate through winding slot canyons.

You'll see some of the great American West's most treasured spots, carving a telemark turn through the winter wilderness on one section and jamming your hands into cracks while climbing one of Wyoming's world-class crags on the next.

Because the Rockies are a hotspot for outdoor activities, this semester offers a variety of skill sets, allowing students to choose the combinations they prefer.


Location NOLS Rocky Mountain
Tuition $13,995 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $700
Minimum Age 17
Duration 89 Days
Type Semester & Year
Start/End Lander, Wyoming
Fly in/out Casper, Wyoming
College Credit
  • 19 Credit Hours
  • 3 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 4 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 6 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 3 Hours Risk Assessment
  • 3 Hours WFR
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High School Credit
  • 2 Carnegie Units
  • 1 CU Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“The most rewarding aspect of NOLS were the technical skills and leadership skills we learned. Also the amount of care that was given to us as individuals was really special. It's rare in life to have that much attention on you improving as a person, and I really appreciate that.”

-Pippa B.

Semester in the Rockies Grad