NOLS Risk Services

Prepare to Manage Uncertainty

Credit: Sabrina Stein

Risk management

For Organizations and Individuals

Taking risks may be critical to achieving your organization’s educational goals, and risk is inherent in outdoor activities and international programming. You can improve risk management practices and better manage uncertainty with the help of NOLS Risk Services.

Risk management planning is valuable for anyone who ventures off the beaten path. From outdoor enthusiasts and volunteer trip leaders to outdoor education programs, guide companies, service learning and travel providers, scientists' groups, and more. Whether you take your family hiking or run an established program, choosing to invest in risk management planning is choosing responsible leadership.

Students discussing route planning strategies for the whitewater ahead

Our Services

You can choose among training for trip leaders or program administrators, organizational consulting, or the annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference. All of our services are informed by decades of managing risk for our own global programs. Expand your risk management toolbox today and step forward with confidence.


Risk Management Training

Are you an outdoor professional looking for help designing or refining administrative risk management systems for your organization? Or looking for risk management training for your staff? Are you an outdoor enthusiast who would like to learn how to identify hazards and manage risk on a wilderness adventure? Choose a training to meet your needs.

Naval Academy Mountaineering course participants cross a stream while backpacking.



Is your organization seeking external perspective on its programming or in need of advice on specific issues like staff training or emegency planning? Let us know how we can support your program.

Course participants circle-up to listen to an instructor while mountaineering in Alaska.


Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC)

This annual conference provides a forum for outdoor practitioners to learn and share common practices in wilderness risk management and to contribute to a culture of open dialogue among educators, leaders, administrators, students, and members of the outdoor industry.

2017 WRMC


New Workshop for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Presented by REI and NOLS

Wilderness Risk Management

Learn from the best in the industry. Hosted Presented by REI and taught by featuring a NOLS field staffinstructor, this two-day classroom workshop teaches skills to plan and lead your own outdoor expeditions.

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“Working with NOLS helped us focus our company’s risk management policies and practices. The team gave us specific, clear steps on areas to improve, as well as necessary assurances regarding things our organization does well. NOLS Risk Services was responsive, available, and timely with their work. We would highly recommend their services.”

–Sarah Carpenter, American Avalanche Institute


Risk Services Staff