Semester in the Pacific Northwest

Credit: Alexis Alloway

Semester in the Pacific Northwest

Surprise yourself with the obstacles you’re able to overcome and let the wilderness, not the classroom, be your teacher. You'll explore the range of environments in the Pacific Northwest, from climbing granite cracks to taking the helm of a sailboat in British Columbia waters to mountaineering, backpacking, and wilderness medicine. You'll have unique opportunities to learn about the local ecology and human history of the area as you move from one environment to the next. Throughout the semester, you'll be challenged to grow as a leader and achieve goals with your group.

If you’re seeking a semester of growth with a group of motivated peers, then this is the course for you.



2018 Dates

Sept. 3 – Nov. 21, 2018

Tuition: $13,250
Details: Sea Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Wilderness First Aid, Backpacking, Sailing

Sept. 3 – Nov. 21, 2018

Tuition: $13,250
Details: Mountaineering, Sailing, Wilderness First Aid, Rock Climbing, Backpacking

Sept. 12 – Nov. 30, 2018

Tuition: $13,250
Details: Mountaineering, Wilderness First Aid, Rock Climbing, Backpacking, Sailing


All course information at a glance

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Equipment Deposit
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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Leave No Trace - Trainer

Wilderness First Aid


Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Conway, Washington
Fly in/out
Seattle, Washington
Skills learned



Rock Climbing


Sea Kayaking

Wilderness Medicine

Additional Details

Semester Scholarship Form



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What Our Grads Say

“I learned patience, teamwork and leadership skills, but I also learned about myself. NOLS is part of who I am now. I cook for myself and make many of the same recipes I learned with my small team in the Pacific Northwest. I can put up a tent anywhere and sleep anywhere and I long for the days alone in the woods.”

— Nicolas S., NOLS Semester in the Pacific Northwest grad

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