Wind River Wilderness

Credit: Eric Page

Wind River Wilderness

Find new challenges on the original NOLS course

Head to the wilderness to grow as a leader. On this course, you’ll spend a month in the Wind River Range finding new experiences and places to explore every day. Climb high ridges and summit peaks carved by glaciers. Go fly fishing and learn about local ecology on clear, blue lakes. Wake up in the morning to cook breakfast for your group on a camp stove, and fall asleep listening to marmots whistle and wind blowing through lodgepole pines. As you travel from camp to camp, you’ll do all these things and more while learning the skills to live comfortably in the wilderness.

On top of these outdoor skills, practicing leadership will be a focus of this course. You and your group will work on skills like communication, decision making, and risk management as you meet new challenges, like choosing a route or resolving an argument. These are the experiences that will help you find your leadership style, experiences you’ll draw on for the rest of your life. More than anything, choosing this expedition is choosing to build experiences that will prepare you to lead, no matter where you find yourself.



2018 Dates

May 31 – June 29, 2018

Tuition: $4,475
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June 11 – July 10, 2018

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June 14 – July 13, 2018

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June 18 – July 17, 2018

Tuition: $4,725
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June 21 – July 20, 2018

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June 25 – July 24, 2018

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June 28 – July 27, 2018

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July 2 – July 31, 2018

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July 9 – Aug. 7, 2018

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July 12 – Aug. 10, 2018

Tuition: $4,475
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All course information at a glance

$4,475 to $4,725
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Equipment Deposit
30 days
Minimum Age
16 yrs.
Academic Credit
6 College Credits
  • 2 Skills Practicum
  • 2 Leadership Techniques
  • 2 Environmental Studies

1.50 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

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


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What Our Grads Say

“On top of Wind River Peak; Well aware of where I stood, I realized I had the power to accomplish extraordinary things and affect the world around me, and this realization ignited a confidence that stands strong today. NOLS gave me so much confidence in who I am and what I can do. My limits have stretched a vast degree and I have realized I have greater potential than I may give myself credit for.” 

— Stephanie S., NOLS Wind River Wilderness grad

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