Summer Semester in the Rockies

Credit: Juan Queirolo

Summer Semester in the Rockies

NOLS invented the outdoor semester, and this course is where it all began. A Rockies Semester will take you on a Wild West tour de force while giving you a complete set of skills to lead and teach in the backcountry, whether in the field of outdoor education or with your own friends and family. Our grads are among the most well-rounded and self-sufficient backcountry travelers in the world. Learn to paddle a kayak down a class-III rapid, develop and expand your rock climbing skills, and navigate through Wyoming's incredible Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Rockies are Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Spend your summer honing your skills and taking in all that the American West has to offer.



2018 Dates

June 4 – Aug. 10, 2018

Tuition: $11,700
Details: Backpacking, Climbing, River Travel


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Equipment Deposit
68 days
Minimum Age
17 yrs.
Academic Credit
16 College Credits
  • 3 Environmental Studies
  • 3 Risk Assessment
  • 6 Skills Practicum
  • 4 Leadership Techniques

2 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 1.00 Physical Education
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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Lander, Wyoming
Fly in/out
Casper, Wyoming
Skills learned



Rock Climbing

Additional Details

Semester Scholarship Form



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What Our Grads Say

“Not only did NOLS teach me to place trust and faith in myself it also taught me to work with other people...and place my trust and faith in them as well. I learned values of teamwork that I had never opened myself up to before. I was beginning to develop myself into the person I came here to become.” 

— Luke D., NOLS Summer Semester in the Rockies grad

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