Alaska Instructor Course

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Alaska Instructor Course

This instructor course will not be offered in 2019. Check out the courses that will be offered on the Course Finder.

This 24-day course combines focused leadership training with a backpacking expedition and exposure to specific Alaska wilderness travel skills. Special focus will be put on crossing fast-moving, glacially-fed Alaskan rivers, and potentially crossing bare glaciers. The Alaska instructor course will build on the outdoor and education experience you already have, while allowing you to fine-tune your teaching and leadership skills. Successful completion of this course will prepare you to work wilderness backpacking courses for NOLS.  

Learn more about instructor courses with NOLS here

  • Applications for 2019 instructor courses will open on August 15, 2018
  • The application deadline for 2019 instructor courses is November 15, 2018
  • You will be notified of your application status by February 1, 2019



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24 days

Minimum Age

21 yrs.

Academic Credit

4 College Credits
  • 2 Outdoor Education
  • 2 Leadership Techniques
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Course Description

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Travel and Logistics


Palmer, Alaska

Fly in/out

Anchorage, Alaska

Skills learned


Additional Details

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

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What Our Grads Say

“I've had a few days to reflect on the experiences of my first course. I've thought about many things, but mostly I have thought about the students. How they pushed themselves physically. How they gained self-awareness through their words and actions. How they learned to be comfortable in an environment that was initially far beyond their comfort zone. In a month of working with these students, I saw them grow and learn a great deal about themselves and their capabilities.” 

— Hayden E., NOLS Alaska Instructor Course grad

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