College Excel River Expedition

Credit: David Morgan

College Excel River Expedition

Meet new challenges and develop as a leader. On this river expedition, you’ll explore the breathtaking canyons of Utah’s Green River, the birthplace of whitewater boating. Challenge yourself to paddle a kayak or oar rig. Run rapids after learning to read the bends in the river and speed of the water. Deepen your understanding of local ecology as you spend weeks in the wilderness. You’ll start in calm water to master the basics of paddling, then progress to quicker-moving water. 

This course is about more than whitewater paddling—you’re also going to focus on building the skills to be a leader. Every day will offer you opportunities to be in a different leadership role. You’ll learn about decision making as you assess rapids, communication as you work on conflict resolution, and tolerance for adversity when the weather gets challenging. Experiences like these will help you form your own personal leadership style. With these experiences, you’ll be ready to lead wherever you find yourself.


College Excel River Expedition (CERE)

River Expedition

Course Dates:
August 31-September 9, 2021

Course Location:
Desolation and Gray Canyons on the Green River in Utah.

Travel information:

  • August 30, 2021 students travel to the NOLS River Base in Vernal, UT.

  • August 31, 2021 students depart for the river.

  • September 9, 2021 students come off the river to debrief and deissue gear.

  • September 10, 2021 Students depart for home.

Course Description
Equipment List
Travel and Logistics

For more information contact:
NOLS Custom Education
800-710-6657 ext. 2321


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