Rocky Mountain Outdoor Educator: Backpacking with WFR

Rocky Mountain Outdoor Educator: Backpacking with WFR


  • Designed for those currently working in or planning to enter the field of outdoor education
  • Great opportunity for wildlife viewing and natural history study
  • Focuses on building competence as outdoor leaders with an emphasis on wilderness skills, group facilitation, risk management and using the wilderness as a classroom to support the growth of groups and individuals.
  • During the backcountry section, you'll experience a mix of wilderness curriculum and medical scenarios that will put your new WFR skills to the test
  • Certifications: Wilderness First Responder & CPR
  • Practice teaching and facilitating group experiences and learning in order to develop their skills as educators
NOLS specializes in teaching teachers. In fact, we have been inspiring and teaching outdoor educators for over 45 years.

On this course, whether you're an aspiring or current outdoor leader, you'll learn the latest skills and techniques from some of the best-trained outdoor educators in the world in order to support you in your outdoor profession. This course includes an 80-hour, classroom-based Wilderness First Responder certification (WFR) and a 21-day backpacking expedition, where you'll learn how to live, travel, and lead groups in the backcountry.

Granite peaks that reach 13,000 feet, rugged terrain, and high mountain lakes and rivers will teach you what it takes to lead and educate others in the West's rugged ranges and beyond.

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Location NOLS Rocky Mountain
Tuition $5,490 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $350
Minimum Age 18
Duration 30 Days
Type Outdoor Educator
Start/End Lander, Wyoming
Fly in/out Casper, Wyoming
College Credit
  • 7 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Outdoor Educator
  • 2 Hours Risk Assessment
  • 3 Hours WFR
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“I thought taking a NOLS course could help me out with my career goals with leading and helping others and I think I've learned a lot that I can apply to my goals.”

-Tara H.