Southwest Service Expedition

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Southwest Service Expedition

Where passion for service and the outdoors come together

You’re ready to work hard and play hard in the outdoors. You’re looking for an opportunity to contribute to something bigger than yourself and are curious about public lands management. On this trip, you'll spend time in the Gila Wilderness, the United States’ first designated wilderness area, accompanied by NOLS instructors, our partners with Heart of the Gila, and group of motivated peers. As you spend a week in the outdoors, you’ll focus on service projects and backcountry living.

Your course is organized around gaining the interpersonal and outdoor skills to live comfortably in the backcountry and perform your service work—skills like choosing a campsite, Leave No Trace, cooking, communication, and teamwork.

Service projects might include building or repairing bridges, replacing trail signs, shoring up eroded trails, clearing brush, and/or cleaning up impacted campsites. If you’re looking to combine a wilderness expedition with a backcountry service project, this course is for you.



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14 days

Minimum Age

18 yrs.

Academic Credit

2 College Credits
  • 2 Environmental Studies

0.50 High School Credits

  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Tucson, Arizona

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Tucson, Arizona

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