Fall Semester in the Rockies with WFR

Credit: Will Stubblefield

Fall Semester in the Rockies with WFR

Find new challenges on rivers, rock, and snow

Explore the outdoors from canyons to mountains on the Semester in the Rockies. This course will be your opportunity to learn a variety of outdoor skills across the western United States and earn a Wilderness First Responder certification. Paddle down rapids on Utah rivers, break trail through Wyoming’s snowy mountains, see ancient rock art, and climb high granite crags. The skills on your semester may include a combination of rock climbing, whitewater paddling, horsepacking, canyoneering, backpacking, and backcountry skiing. Each new skill will start with the basics and your instructors will teach everyone at their own level of experience, so you’ll find plenty of support and new challenges whether you’re a beginner or an experienced outdoorsperson.

Leadership will be a primary focus. As you progress through your semester, you’ll build on the leadership skills you’ve learned throughout the course. For example, assessing a rapid is an opportunity to develop decision-making skills, while navigating hard terrain is an opportunity to practice tolerance for adversity. These experiences are real opportunities for you to test what you’re learning and develop your personal leadership style. By the end of this course, you’ll walk away prepared to be a leader in school, at home, and beyond.



2020 Dates

Aug. 24 – Nov. 20, 2020

Tuition: $14,690
Details: Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Wilderness First Responder, Canyoneering


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89 days

Minimum Age

17 yrs.

Academic Credit

19 College Credits
  • 3 Wilderness Medicine
  • 3 Environmental Studies
  • 4 Leadership Techniques
  • 6 Skills Practicum
  • 3 Risk Assessment
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Leave No Trace - Master Educator

Wilderness First Responder


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Lander, Wyoming

Fly in/out

Casper, Wyoming

Skills learned




Rock Climbing

Wilderness Medicine

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What Our Grads Say

“NOLS taught me many things, from practical lessons in camping, rock climbing, and canoeing, to more nuanced lessons like how to give or take feedback, how to communicate more effectively, and the importance of nature in my personal life. Because of my time at NOLS I was introduced to a world that exceeded my imagination, gained a passion for the outdoors, and met many diverse and unique people.”

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