NOLS Affinity Expeditions
Join an expedition that connects people of color in the outdoors. Build community while exploring high mountain passes, lush forests, or windswept coasts.
Lead the way in the outdoors—and in creating a group culture that reflects shared experiences and connection. Learn, play, and grow your technical skills in a supportive environment.
Take on new challenges with coaching from experienced instructors—whether that means camping for the first time, growing your technical skills, or exploring new teaching strategies with fellow outdoor educators.
Identify and develop your leadership style as you explore a dynamic environment. Return from your expedition with transferable skills you’ll use to lead in the backcountry and beyond.
Build a community where you and fellow expedition members set the expectations, conversation, and culture. Work together to create a space in the outdoors that addresses exclusion, barriers to access, and historical erasure.
For nine days, we had the space and privilege of building our own little POC world together, in this little slice of earth we walked on. For once, we controlled what was talked about and what was prioritized. We made the culture and we made all the rules.Amanda Machado 2019 Southwest Leaders of Color Expedition Grad