Spring Semester in the Rockies with WFR

Credit: Jared Steinman

Spring Semester in the Rockies with WFR

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 Responder 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, horsepacking, canyoneering, backpacking, and backcountry skiing. 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.

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.



2020 Dates

Feb. 17 – May 13, 2020

Tuition: $14,690
Details: Winter, Wilderness First Responder, Canoeing, Canyoneering, Rock Climbing

2021 Dates

Feb. 15 – May 12, 2021

Tuition: $14,690
Details: Winter, Wilderness First Responder, Canoeing, Canyoneering, Rock Climbing


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87 days

Minimum Age

17 yrs.

Academic Credit

19 College Credits
  • 3 Wilderness Medicine
  • 3 Environmental Studies
  • 4 Leadership Techniques
  • 6 Skills Practicum
  • 3 Risk Assessment
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Leave No Trace - Trainer

NOLS Level I Avalanche Training

Wilderness First Responder


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Lander, Wyoming

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Casper, Wyoming

Skills learned



Rock Climbing


Wilderness Medicine

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“ Above all, I learned how to make my voice heard, to be organized, to deliver constructive feedback, embrace hardship and the unknown, be intentional, and to live minimally.”

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