NOLS invented the outdoor semester, and this course is where it all began. A Rockies Semester will take you on a Wild West tour de force while giving you a complete set of skills to lead and teach in the backcountry, whether in the field of outdoor education or with your own friends and family. Our grads are among the most well-rounded and self-sufficient backcountry travelers in the world. Learn to paddle a kayak down a class-III rapid, develop and expand your rock climbing skills, and navigate through Wyoming's incredible Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Rockies are Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Spend your summer honing your skills and taking in all that the American West has to offer.