Fall Semester for Outdoor Educators

Credit: Wilson Cheung

Fall Semester for Outdoor Educators

Stretch your limits and teach in the outdoors

Come to stretch your limits on the Semester for Outdoor Educators and learn how to teach in the world’s best classroom—the outdoors. This course is perfect if you want to become a professional in the field of outdoor education. Go from the high peaks of Wyoming to the red canyons of Utah while backpacking, skiing, climbing, and canyoneering. On the way, you’ll learn techniques for teaching in large and small groups. You’ll also focus on ways to manage risk for groups in remote places. This will include getting a Wilderness First Responder, the certification respected and required by most outdoor companies.

You’ll be challenged to experiment with new teaching styles and the physical and mental challenges of living in the outdoors. You’ll work on developing your unique leadership style and using it to serve your group. By the end of this course, you’ll grow close to a group of peers who share your goals and passion for education. If you’re ready to learn by experience and prepare for a lifetime of teaching in the outdoors, this is the course for you.



2018 Dates

Sept. 15 – Dec. 12, 2018

Tuition: $14,695
Details: Backpacking, Wilderness First Responder, Rock Climbing, Canyoneering, Winter
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Equipment Deposit
89 days
Minimum Age
21 yrs.
Academic Credit
19 College Credits
  • 3 WFR
  • 2 Outdoor Educator
  • 3 Risk Management
  • 4 Skills Practicum
  • 4 Leadership Techniques
  • 3 Environmental Studies
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Leave No Trace - Master Educator

Recreational Level 1 Avalanche

Wilderness First Responder


Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Lander, Wyoming
Fly in/out
Casper, Wyoming
Skills learned



Rock Climbing


Wilderness Medicine

Additional Details

Designed for those currently working in, studying, or planning to enter the field of outdoor education.


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What Our Grads Say

“I feel more comfortable making tough decisions, a sense of ease while teaching topics to a group and the ability to interact with my peers more effectively. Most importantly I feel like I can leave this course and take the knowledge I have gained and put it to use by leading trips into the backcountry professionally.”

— Ryley H., NOLS Fall Semester for Outdoor Educators grad

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