Experiential learning forms the backbone of our curriculum and is built into the framework of every expedition.
Why experiential learning? Because it's powerful. Because the lessons are for life. And because proven research and our own experience support it. Since 1965, over 110,000 students have embarked on NOLS expeditions and graduated prepared to be leaders in their communities.
When you paddle through a rainstorm, you learn resilience. When you help your group solve problems, you learn communication. When you have to decide whenter to go left or right, not fully knowing where the path will lead, you learn to make decisions in the face of uncertainty. When you reflect on these experiences with the mentorship of your instructors, they become more than skills for navigating the wilderness—they become skills for life.