North America

NOLS Alaska

Come join us for an adventure in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Whether you’re paddling a sea kayak in Prince William Sound alongside massive glaciers, hiking across the vast tundra above the Arctic Circle, or mountaineering in the Chugach Range, you’ll marvel at the enormity of the Alaskan wilderness.

NOLS Mexico

Nestled in the protected Coyote Bay, NOLS Mexico is your gateway to the coastal desert and turquoise waters of Baja California. These wilderness classrooms range from open ocean to coastal desert—and you’ll be exposed both to the many ways you can explore this area on foot and by sailboat or kayak while soaking in its culture and lifeways.

NOLS Northeast

Explore the heart of upstate New York’s Adirondack Park, one of the oldest and largest designated wilderness areas in the U.S. Here, only a few hours from several major cities, you’ll find access to world-class paddling, hiking, and rock climbing.

NOLS Pacific Northwest

In vibrant wilderness classrooms ranging from ocean to alpine and rainforest to high desert, you’ll find courses in five outdoor skills: backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, sea kayaking, and keelboat sailing. Whether it’s summitting a peak at sunrise or waking early to get on the water, you’ll return home with experiences to remember.

NOLS River Base

Come to the River Base to learn, live, and play on the water. This campus lies in Utah’s dinosaur bone country and geologic features burst with fossils. Whether you’re paddling a canoe, kayak, or raft, life on the water is about focusing on simple necessities and enjoying the journey downriver.

NOLS Rocky Mountain

These courses explore some of the most dramatic landscapes of the intermountain West and is a hub for exploring this area’s the mountains, canyons, and rivers. Backpack along high mountain ridges, navigate whitewater rapids, break trail in snow-covered mountains, or navigate some of the most remote glaciers in the lower 48.

NOLS Southwest

The Southwest has far more to offer than sand and cacti—these wilderness classrooms range from desert terrain to ponderosa pine forests and narrow river canyons. Backpack through the “sky islands,” isolated mountain ranges that rise up out of vast expanses of desert. Canoe the Rio Grande or climb granite crags at Cochise Stronghold.

NOLS Teton Valley

Nestled on the Idaho side of the Tetons, and near Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, our campus is your gateway to some of the best skiing, backpacking, and paddling in the lower 48. Depending on your course, you might hike along the Continental Divide, paddle whitewater rapids, or backcountry ski in the snow-covered Rockies.

NOLS Three Peaks Ranch

Challenge yourself to learn new skills and effective communication—with both human and horse companions—in Wyoming’s rugged mountains and sweeping deserts. Not only will you master the basics of backcountry horse travel, you’ll also find that working with horses is a great way to develop leadership skills.

NOLS Yukon

Here, you’ll rarely set foot on a trail: instead, you’ll make your own way through the backcountry on foot or by canoe. The Yukon is wild and rugged and free—a dynamic environment that will teach you to expect the unexpected while backpacking, mountaineering, and whitewater canoeing.

International

NOLS East Africa

Trek through renowned wilderness areas ranging from Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Ngorongoro Crater to the Great Rift Valley and Oldoinyo Lengai, an active volcano. Set off across lowland savannah or bushwhack through the rainforest to Kilimanjaro’s summit—an experience as grand as its name.

NOLS India

NOLS India courses combine the physical challenges offered by mountain terrain with a window into the culture of Himalayan Kumaon communities. Develop mountaineering skills on high-altitude glaciers or navigate whitewater rapids while rafting on the Kali River. Backpack through alpine villages and practice your conversational Hindi with local community members.

NOLS New Zealand

Join us in exploring the South Island’s rainforests, mountains, alpine grasslands and coastal bays. You’ll learn to embrace uncertainty as you adjust to the unpredictability of this beautiful and remote landscape. And you’ll carry the easygoing and welcoming atmosphere of our campus into the mountains, valleys, and coasts of New Zealand—and beyond.

NOLS Patagonia

Go backpacking, climbing, sea kayaking, or mountaineering in Patagonia’s wildly varying terrain—from steppes and temperate rainforests to alpine ecosystems and ocean fjords. Most courses travel through more than one of these distinct landscapes while learning how local ranchers, pobladores, have adapted to live in each environment.

NOLS Scandinavia

Explore a place rich with human history, from the Stone Age to the Vikings and Second World War. Many of the areas you’ll explore are still home to the Sami people, and you may have the opportunity to learn firsthand about their culture and traditions. These courses will take you backpacking or sea kayaking above the Arctic Circle, where you’ll learn to adapt to a rich and vibrant environment.
A close up of delicate alpine flowers with a hiker's feet and snowy mountain in the background.

Committed to Protecting Wild Places

Wilderness is core to our values, as is working to protect it. We strive to embody the wilderness values and ethics taught in our curriculum through our environmental sustainability and stewardship work around the world. Initiatives include supporting the efforts of local land managers, being leading providers of Leave No Trace education, advocating for the preservation of and equitable access to wild lands, and practicing sustainability at our worldwide locations.