Southwest Outdoor Educator

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Southwest Outdoor Educator

Gain skills to teach in the outdoors

On this course designed for current and aspiring outdoor educators, you’ll work on the skills you need to lead, manage risk, and teach in the wilderness. Wake up to the quiet of the desert and fall asleep hearing coyotes howl. Challenge yourself to meet goals while rock climbing and backpacking. At the same time, learn to manage these outdoor environments as a classroom. You’ll split your time on this course between backpacking and rock climbing. The backpacking section will focus on outdoor skills like Leave No Trace, first aid, and map reading in either the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge or the Galiuro Wilderness. On the rock climbing section, you’ll head to Cochise Stronghold or Joshua Tree National Park to hone your technical skills and gain more experience teaching and in risk management.

Teaching your peers a class about local ecology is an opportunity to practice giving and receiving feedback. Seeing the behind-the-scenes prep for your course provides insight into program management. Navigating off-trail becomes a lesson in decision-making, while resolving group conflicts becomes a lesson in communication and group dynamics. By the end of this course, you’ll have a strong foundation in the outdoors, teaching, and leadership, and be ready to move forward in your career as an outdoor educator. 

Dates

Dates

2019 Dates

Jan. 5 – Feb. 4, 2019

Tuition: $5,050

Specifics

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Tuition

$5,050
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Equipment Deposit

$350

Duration

31 days

Minimum Age

18 yrs.

Academic Credit

6 College Credits
  • 2 Environmental Studies
  • 2 Leadership Techniques
  • 2 Outdoor Educator

1.50 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Certifications

Leave No Trace - Master Educator

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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Start/End

Tucson, Arizona

Fly in/out

Tucson, Arizona

Skills learned

Backpacking

Rock Climbing

Additional Details

 

Designed for those currently working in, studying or planning to enter the field of outdoor education.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

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What Our Grads Say

“This month spent in the depths of the Arizona desert was the most profound experience I have ever shared with others. It was emotionally, physically and mentally taxing. I have walked away a better version of myself. I am stronger, more patient, more compassionate and sure as heck know how to work with adversity.” 

— Becca R., NOLS Southwest Outdoor Educators Course grad

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