Yukon Outdoor Educator: Backpacking and Whitewater Canoeing

Yukon Outdoor Educator: Backpacking and Whitewater Canoeing


  • Designed for those currently working in or planning to enter the field of outdoor education
  • Hike up to 45 miles in expansive alpine tundra and remote wilderness settings, mostly off-trail
  • Thick bushwhacking through willows and dwarf birch
  • 10-15 day river/canoe section on class I-III rapids
  • Practice teaching and facilitating group experiences and learning in order to develop skills as an educator
  • Focuses on building competence as outdoor leaders and emphasizes wilderness skills, group facilitation, risk management and using the wilderness as a classroom to support growth of groups and individuals
This 30-day expedition for practicing and aspiring outdoor educators combines the skills of wilderness backpacking with northern whitewater canoeing in Canada's Yukon Territory.

A remote Yukon mountain range is the perfect classroom for developing the skills of the backcountry professional. You'll find an abundance of mountain wildlife amidst the alpine wildflowers and chest-high forests of dwarf birch and willow.

While learning the hiking and camping skills needed to manage groups in the remote backcountry, you'll also spend time on technical canoeing skills, teaching techniques, and river rescue concepts.

After a month in the rugged mountains and on the river, you'll have a powerful set of water and mountain skills for future professional and personal adventures in the backcountry.

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Location NOLS Yukon
Tuition $4,555 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $350
Minimum Age 18
Duration 29 Days
Type Outdoor Educator
Start/End Whitehorse, Yukon
Fly in/out Whitehorse, Yukon
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Outdoor Educator
  • 2 Hours Risk Management
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
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“I've never felt more comfortable and happy learning! It taught me what kind of environment I would like to create should I become an outdoor educator. The positive leadership from the instructors and willingness to teach at all times made every single day an exciting opportunity. It would be impossible to list the myriad of things I learned on the course and the interpersonal and backcountry skills I get to share with others are such a wonderful reward.”

-Claire O.

Yukon Outdoor Educator Grad