Instructors and students riding down a hill before a sweeping view of the vast Wyoming landscape.
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Horsepacking Instructor Course


21 days


21+ yrs



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*You must have all your recommedations submitted BEFORE the closing date of October 27th. It is possible to apply for more than one Instructor Course, you will be able to indicate this on your questionnaire once you open an application. 

Date of the Horsepacking Instructor Course: 5/6/2024 - 5/26/2024

We will be hosting three open information sessions on what being a NOLS Instructor is like. Use the links below to attend a session on the dates provided.

September 7thSebtember 21stOctober 5th

The Horsepacking Instructor Course will be conducted in the Red Desert in Wyoming. This expedition occurs in May which means the bulk of this course will take place in a late winter/spring environment. This includes potential travel through snow, wind, rain, mud, high rivers and variable terrain. NOLS horsepacking instructor-course applicants must have significant experience working with and riding horses. Your Horsepacking Instructor Course will build on the technical outdoor and horsemanship skills you already have as well as fine-tune your teaching skills through an in-depth examination of the NOLS curriculum. This 21-day course includes in-town leadership training, a horsepacking expedition, basic training on teaching lessons and how to build and support inclusive course cultures. Successful completion of this instructor course will prepare you to work wilderness horsepacking courses for NOLS.

Additional Details

Prerequisite: Minimum of a 70-hour Wilderness First Responder and current adult CPR certification

Essential Eligibility Criteria

Course Dates

1 course

May 6 - 26, 2024