Students enjoying sailing out in the Pacific Northwest.


NOLS teaches leadership as, “situationally appropriate action that directs or guides your group to set and achieve goals.” Students will be able to:

  • Serve a team in a variety of roles: self leader, peer leader, designated leader, and active follower
  • Demonstrate good expedition behavior—take initiative, balance group and personal goals, and remain respectful and inclusive of their team members
  • Demonstrate competence
  • Communicate effectively
  • Make sound decisions
  • Display a tolerance for adversity and uncertainty
  • Demonstrate self awareness
  • Display initiative by setting and achieving goals

Environmental Studies

NOLS connects students to wild places. Students will be able to:

  • Explore the natural world through observation and application of ecological concepts
  • Develop a sense of place by experiencing wilderness and exploring relationships with their surroundings
  • Articulate an environmental ethic
  • Understand land management and environmental issues
  • Apply Leave No Trace principles to camping and travel