Forest and ocean. Glacier and river. Heather and pine. This is the Pacific Northwest, with its temperate rain forests, stunning ice-covered volcanoes, hidden bays and coves, and lush old-growth forests.
Home to bald eagles, black bears, mountain goats, elk, porpoises, and whales, this will be your classroom. The Pacific Northwest is the birthplace of the outdoor industry, and NOLS has been the region’s outdoor education pioneer for more than 35 years.
We specialize in courses for outdoor educators and trip leaders, and our easy-to-access facilities in Conway, Wash., an hour north of Seattle, were specifically designed to support NOLS’ educational expeditions.
We’ll outfit you with everything you’ll need for an expedition into spectacular backcountry, from Oregon to British Columbia. Whatever your method of exploration—sea kayaking, rock climbing, glacier mountaineering, backpacking, or sailing—you’ll be in for the experience of a lifetime.
The Pacific Northwest will teach you how to competently travel across tricky terrain as a team. Glacier Peak Wilderness, North Cascades, Washington Photo: Jamie O’Donnell
“Why do I work for NOLS? First, I
like teaching. NOLS courses provide a stupendous avenue
to teach people who are highly motivated to learn. And finally,
it’s the people I work with. The NOLS community is