Find adventure and perspective. Develop lifelong leadership skills as you dive into our time-tested curriculum. Build courage and competence under the guidance of the best instructors in the industry.
A NOLS course is an immersive expedition where you will spend time exploring remote, wild places with a tight-knit community of students and instructors.
No experience is required, but by the end you’ll have the skills and experiences to be a leader.
Developed through extensive research and decades of experience, the NOLS leadership curriculum sets the industry standard and will set you up for success.
Read how the NOLS curriculum provides the foundation for developing your personal leadership style.
Designed for those with shared community, experiences, or kinship, affinity courses focus on empowering students through their connection to the outdoors.Learn More
With the guidance of your instructors, you and your group will learn to live in and travel through the world’s most stunning wilderness areas.
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While I learned many skills that are important for success in rock climbing and the outdoors in general, the most valuable take away from this course were the relationships I have forged and the confidence I have to take on a leadership role in not only the outdoors but in other aspects of my personal and professional life. During my course, I learned how to create an environment where communication between an entire group leads to effective and positive decisions. I learned how taking into account individual differences can lead to different dynamics in cooperation.Max DeZarate Southwest Rock Climbing grad