A course participant whitewater canoeing rapids on the Yampa River.
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Spring Semester in the Rockies


87 days


17+ yrs


$17,490 to $17,950

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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 Aid 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, canyoneering, and backpacking. 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.

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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.

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Course Dates

2 courses

Feb 25 - May 21, 2025

Wilderness First Aid, Canyoneering, Rock Climbing, River Travel


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Feb 24 - May 20, 2026

Wilderness First Aid, Canyoneering, Rock Climbing, River Travel


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“NOLS presented a unique combination of new challenges and activities that peaked my interest, and gave me something to work towards in a phase of transition in my life.”