Courses for Outdoor Professionals

Trip leaders sitting on a rocky ridge above the clouds and gazing out at surrounding snowy peaks in the Pacific Northwest.

Trip Leaders

Designed for practicing trip leaders, these fast-paced, weeklong expeditions focus on deepening existing skills to better serve your trip participants.
Students sitting on a rock ledge listen to an instructor's climbing lesson in the northern Rockies.

Outdoor Educators

Designed for current and aspiring outdoor educators. Under the mentorship of expert educators, you will both enhance your outdoor skills and learn to teach them. These extended expeditions focus on expedition and teaching skills, risk management, and building a positive course culture.
A close up of delicate alpine flowers with a hiker's feet and snowy mountain in the background.

Leave No Trace Master Educator

Ideal for those who want to teach the Leave No Trace curriculum, which NOLS helped develop for the National Park Service.

Wilderness Safety Training

Risks can’t be eliminated from the wilderness, but you can learn to manage them. In this 2-day classroom course, you’ll learn to plan your adventures with risk management in mind (hint: it’s more than first aid skills!).
Naval Academy Mountaineering course participants cross a stream while backpacking.

Risk Management Training

Designed for program staff and administrators, these trainings will help you evaluate your organization’s systems and develop comprehensive risk management plans.
2017 WRMC

Wilderness Risk Management Conference

Attend the WRMC to gain practical risk management skills, network with others in the industry, share field and administrative techniques, and help develop risk management standards for the outdoor adventure and education industries.
Course participants white water rafting at the Gates of Lodore in Colorado.

NOLS Instructor Course

NOLS instructors are passionate educators who are dedicated to serving students on wilderness expeditions.
A student stops and takes in the flowers and rainbow in the Rocky Mountains.

Local Educator Courses

These expeditions are designed to build a local community of experienced, highly competent educators from the countries outside of the U.S. where NOLS operates.