Fall Semester in the Rockies

Credit: Kirk Rasmussen

Fall Semester in the Rockies

A Rockies Semester will take you on a Wild West tour de force while giving you a complete set of skills to lead and teach in the backcountry, whether in the field of outdoor education or with your own friends and family.

You might learn to paddle a canoe down a Class III rapid, make sound first-aid decisions miles from the nearest road, and navigate through winding slot canyons. You'll see some of the great American West's most treasured spots, carving a ski turn through the winter wilderness one month and heading to one of Wyoming's world-class rock climbing spots during the next. Because the Rockies are a hotspot for outdoor activities, this semester offers a variety of skill options, allowing you to choose a combination that's a fit for you.

If you’re looking for a semester experience that takes you outside of and beyond the regular classroom, this is the course for you.



2018 Dates

Aug. 31 – Nov. 27, 2018

Tuition: $13,425
Details: Mountaineering, Wilderness First Aid, Rafting/Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Canyoneering

Sept. 7 – Dec. 4, 2018

Tuition: $13,425
Details: Backpacking, Wilderness First Aid, Rock Climbing, Canyoneering, Winter

Sept. 7 – Dec. 4, 2018

Tuition: $13,425
Details: Rock Climbing, Wilderness First Aid, Rafting/Kayaking, Canyoneering, Winter

Sept. 10 – Dec. 7, 2018

Tuition: $13,425
Details: Wilderness First Aid, Backpacking, Canyoneering, Rock Climbing, Winter (Gap Year)


All course information at a glance

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Equipment Deposit
89 days
Minimum Age
17 yrs.
Academic Credit
16 College Credits
  • 3 Risk Assessment
  • 6 Skills Practicum
  • 4 Leadership Techniques
  • 3 Environmental Studies

2 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 1.00 Physical Education
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Leave No Trace - Master Educator

Wilderness First Aid

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

Fall Semester in the Rockies sessions with WFR are eligible for an additional 3 hours college credits for the Wilderness First Responder. These are optional credits.

Semester Scholarship Form



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What Our Grads Say

“Going to NOLS revealed to me that my life was far from irreparable and through hard work and determination I can get to where I want to be in life. I realized if I can travel 100+ miles on foot living off of what's in my backpack, navigate through precarious terrain and endure torrential weather, I'm definitely capable of putting in the work and effort to have a good life.” 

— Brent L., NOLS Fall Semester in the Rockies grad

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