Executive Leadership Wilderness Expedition

Credit: Cass Colman

Executive Leadership Wilderness Expedition

Improve your leadership skills by navigating the technical and environmental challenges of field-based learning in Prince William Sound, Alaska on this 7-day sea kayaking expedition designed for busy executives and STEP board members. This expedition provides invaluable opportunities to refresh and recharge in a dynamic wilderness setting, and to enhance not only your outdoor skills, but also your approach to leadership in new and challenging circumstances. 

Prince William Sound offers a spectactular and varied natural history; it is a place for observation, exploration, and discovery. The variety of the landscape is compelling and the sea teems with various forms of life including whales, porpoises, sea otters, seals, and sea lions. Sea birds wheel in the sky overhead while tidal pools with starfish, anemones, and other small creatures dot the shorelines. 

Successful expeditions require the same essential skills found in the professional world--effective communication, problem-solving, positive influence, and strategically delivering results. Return with transferable strategies for greater leadership effectiveness as well as a deeper understanding of STEP's Wilderness Program and its impact on the low-income students they serve. 


Travel day (Saturday, May 27): Fly to Anchorage, AK and stay overnight in a hotel. 

Day 1 (Sunday, May 28): NOLS pick up in Anchorage and shuttle to base in Palmer. Outfit personal gear, travel to Whittier. Charter to coastal campsite, cook dinner and plan following day's adventure. 

Days 2-6 (Monday, May 29 - Friday, June 2): Lead fellow expedition members; help make critical decisions to achieve expedition goals, hike, cook, camp, plan, and debrief, and immerse yourself into the natural environment that STEP students will be traveling in. 

Day 7 (Saturday, June 3): Charter to Whittier, transport to Palmer, de-issue gear, debrief with NOLS staff, enjoy a final dinner banquet, and return to Anchorage. 

Travel day (Sunday, June 4): Red-eye flights from Anchorage to home. 



2017 Dates

Course dates May 28 - June 3, 2017
Course duration 7 days
Course location NOLS Alaska - Palmer, AK
Activity Sea Kayaking - Prince William Sound
Fly in/out Anchorage, AK
Gear Provided (Tents, tarps, cookware, and other group gear. Personal gear is not provided. Please see equipment list.)
Mileage 35-40 miles
Cost $2,900 tuition
  Optional Tuition Protection Plan available for $174
  $500 non-refundable deposit due January 27, 2017
  Tuition balance due March 29, 2017
Documents Course Description
  Equipment List
  Travel and Logistics

For more information contact:
Lynn Petzold
800-710-6657 ext. 2218