Fall Semester in the Pacific Northwest

Credit: Alexis Alloway

Fall Semester in the Pacific Northwest

Surprise yourself with the obstacles you’re able to overcome and let the wilderness, not the classroom, be your teacher. You'll explore the range of environments in the Pacific Northwest, from climbing granite cracks to taking the helm of a sailboat in the waters of British Columbia, Canada to mountaineering, backpacking, and wilderness medicine. You'll have unique opportunities to learn about the local ecology and human history of the area as you move from one environment to the next. Throughout the semester, you'll be challenged to grow as a leader and achieve goals with your group.

If you’re seeking a semester of growth with a group of motivated peers, then this is the course for you.



2019 Dates

Sept. 2 – Nov. 20, 2019

Tuition: $13,635
Details: Sea Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Wilderness First Aid, Backpacking, Sailing

Sept. 2 – Nov. 20, 2019

Tuition: $13,635
Details: Mountaineering, Sailing, Wilderness First Aid, Rock Climbing, Backpacking


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80 days

Minimum Age

17 yrs.

Academic Credit

16 College Credits
  • 3 Risk Assessment
  • 6 Skills Practicum
  • 4 Leadership Techniques
  • 3 Environmental Studies

2 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 1.00 Physical Education
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Leave No Trace - Trainer

Wilderness First Aid


Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics


Conway, Washington

Fly in/out

Seattle, Washington

Skills learned



Rock Climbing


Sea Kayaking

Wilderness Medicine

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What Our Grads Say

“I learned patience, teamwork and leadership skills, but I also learned about myself. NOLS is part of who I am now. I cook for myself and make many of the same recipes I learned with my small team in the Pacific Northwest. I can put up a tent anywhere and sleep anywhere and I long for the days alone in the woods.”

— Nicolas S., NOLS Semester in the Pacific Northwest grad

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