Spring Semester for Outdoor Educators

Spring Semester for Outdoor Educators


  • For outdoor educators and those who are currently enrolled in a university outdoor education program
  • Observe and discuss teaching styles and techniques
  • Technical and non-technical peak ascents, rock climbing, teaching, and backcountry skiing
  • Professional preparation for outdoor educators
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Leave No Trace Masters, and Level 1 Recreational Avalanche Certifications
  • WFR is the industry standard for outdoor professionals
There's only so much you can learn about outdoor education indoors. That's why we've created the NOLS Semester for Outdoor Educators, a chance for aspiring and practicing professional educators and students studying outdoor education to get into the wilderness and out of the classroom.

This 89-day semester is jam-packed with an entire curriculum dedicated to the field of outdoor education. You'll be with other professionals and students ages 21 and over who want to learn outdoor skills and leadership as they further develop their teaching skills. This is your chance to translate your theoretical knowledge about outdoor education into reality.

The NOLS Semester for Outdoor Educators means more time teaching and more focus on topics like group management as well as field and in-town administrative practices. By the end of your semester, you'll be a competent backcountry expeditioner, the first step to being ready to work for outdoor educational programs across the country.


Location NOLS Rocky Mountain
Tuition $14,225 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $700
Minimum Age 21
Duration 89 Days
Type Semester & Year
Start/End Lander, Wyoming
Fly in/out Riverton, Wyoming
College Credit
  • 19 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Biology
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 4 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 4 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 2 Hours Risk Management
  • 2 Hours Outdoor Educator
  • 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.