Fall Semester in the Southwest

Credit: Ashley Wise

Fall Semester in the Southwest

Grow as a leader in the desert’s canyons and rivers

Explore a living desert and find your leadership style on the Semester in the Southwest. Discover a desert that’s alive with coyote and javelina, mesquite and cactus. On this course, you’ll learn the outdoor skills to explore rivers and mountains. Follow the Rio Grande through steep, red sandstone canyons and wander ponderosa pine forests. Climb rocks warmed by the sun and explore the paths of underground caves. You might explore the cliff dwellings of ancient indigenous cultures or fall asleep listening to coyotes howl. Whether you know a lot or a little about the outdoors, you’ll find challenges on this course that will push your limits and help you grow.

And this course is about more than outdoor skills. You’ll also dive deep into your leadership style. Every day will have new challenges that will push you to grow. Navigating a challenging route becomes a lesson in decision making. Setting goals for a climbing route becomes an opportunity for self-leadership. Living in a small community presents opportunities to practice communication and responsibility. If you’re ready for a challenge that will prepare you to lead, this is the course for you.

*Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 2018 by exploring one of these wild, free-flowing rivers. This course travels on the Rio Grande, which was one of the original rivers designated by the act in 1968.

Dates

Dates

2018 Dates

Sept. 10 – Nov. 28, 2018

Tuition: $13,350
Details: Backpacking, Canoeing, Wilderness First Aid, Caving, Rock Climbing, Backpacking
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2019 Dates

Sept. 7 – Nov. 25, 2019

Tuition: $13,740
Details: Backpacking, Wilderness First Aid, Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Backpacking

Sept. 7 – Nov. 25, 2019

Tuition: $13,740
Details: Backpacking, Canoeing, Caving, Wilderness First Aid, Rock Climbing, Backpacking

Specifics

All course information at a glance

Tuition

$13,350 to $13,740
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Equipment Deposit

$700

Duration

80 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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Certifications

CPR

Leave No Trace - Trainer

Wilderness First Aid

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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Start/End

Tucson, Arizona

Fly in/out

Tucson, Arizona

Skills learned

Backpacking

Canoeing

Caving

Rock Climbing

Wilderness Medicine

Additional Details

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What Our Grads Say

“I can honestly say my NOLS course taught me how wonderful life is. I believe I learned how to make myself happy. Away from technology, social norms, and societal restrictions I felt free, and excited for life at all times. That is a feeling that I will never forget and one that I will continue to strive for throughout my life. I felt happiness in the truest most wholesome form on my trip. I truly believe that my NOLS course was the turning point in my life, and I emerged from it a better person in every way.” 

— Simon M., NOLS Fall Semester in the Southwest grad

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