Southwest Outdoor Educator

Credit: Dave Anderson

Southwest Outdoor Educator

Are you an active or aspiring outdoor educator? This is your opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for teaching and leading field-based wilderness education programs. While in the desert, you'll learn basic outdoor living skills such as minimum-impact camping, first aid, and map reading. We'll also give you an inside track into the fundamentals of running wilderness education courses with an overview of program supervision, risk management, and NOLS administrative practices. While building a foundation of program knowledge, the course dives into a 16-day backpacking expedition in the pristine desert landscape of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge or the Galiuro Wilderness followed by 14 days of rock climbing at Cochise Stronghold or Joshua Tree National Park.



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Equipment Deposit
31 days
Minimum Age
18 yrs.
Academic Credit
6 College Credits
  • 2 Environmental Studies
  • 2 Leadership Techniques
  • 2 Outdoor Educator

1.50 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Tucson, Arizona
Fly in/out
Tucson, Arizona
Skills learned


Rock Climbing

Additional Details


Designed for those currently working in, studying or planning to enter the field of outdoor education.