Fall Semester for Outdoor Educators

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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. Immerse yourself in a range of environments from camping in snow shelters to climbing granite domes. As you spend time in the outdoors, you’ll learn techniques for teaching in large and small groups, including facilitation and debrief skills. Other topics you will cover include risk management for groups in remote places, and Leave No Trace minimum impact camping, and first aid, with the opportunity to earn a Wilderness First Responder certification.

In addition to outdoor skills, leadership will be a key focus of this course. Giving and receiving feedback after teaching a class becomes a lesson in communication. Learning to navigate off-trail is your opportunity to practice risk management and judgement. Reflecting on the different environments you travel through deepens your sense of place and sense of stewardship. You’ll form a tight network of peers who share your goals and passion for education. If teaching in the outdoors is your goal, then there’s no better way to prepare than to gain real-world experience by spending time learning and teaching in the wilderness.

Dates

Dates

2018 Dates

Sept. 15 – Dec. 12, 2018

Tuition: $14,695
Details: Backpacking, Wilderness First Responder, Rock Climbing, Canyoneering, Winter
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2019 Dates

Sept. 13 – Dec. 10, 2019

Tuition: $15,125
Details: Backpacking, Wilderness First Responder, Rock Climbing, Canyoneering, Winter

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$14,695 to $15,125
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Equipment Deposit

$700

Duration

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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Certifications

CPR

Leave No Trace - Master Educator

Recreational Level 1 Avalanche

Wilderness First Responder

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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Start/End

Lander, Wyoming

Fly in/out

Casper, Wyoming

Skills learned

Backpacking

Canyoneering

Rock Climbing

Skiing

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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