NOLS Risk Services

Prepare to manage risk in uncertainty

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Risk Management

For Organizations and Individuals

Taking risks may be critical to achieving your organization’s educational goals, and risk is inherent in outdoor activities and international programming. You can improve risk management practices and better manage uncertainty with the help of NOLS Risk Services.

Risk management planning is valuable for anyone who ventures off the beaten path. From outdoor enthusiasts and volunteer trip leaders to outdoor education programs, guide companies, service learning and travel providers, scientists' groups, and more. Whether you take your family hiking or run an established program, choosing to invest in risk management planning is choosing responsible leadership.

Students discussing route planning strategies for the whitewater ahead

Our Services

You can choose among training for trip leaders or program administrators, organizational consulting, or the annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference. All of our services are informed by decades of managing risk for our own global programs. Expand your risk management toolbox today and step forward with confidence.


Risk Management Training

Are you an outdoor professional looking for help designing or refining administrative risk management systems for your organization? Or looking for risk management training for your staff? Are you an outdoor enthusiast who would like to learn how to identify hazards and manage risk on a wilderness adventure? Choose a training to meet your needs.

Naval Academy Mountaineering course participants cross a stream while backpacking.



Is your organization seeking external perspective on its programming or in need of advice on specific issues like staff training or emergency planning? Learn more about how we can support your program. Or contact us to get started.

Course participants circle-up to listen to an instructor while mountaineering in Alaska.


Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC)

This annual conference provides a forum for outdoor practitioners to learn and share common practices in wilderness risk management and to contribute to a culture of open dialogue among educators, leaders, administrators, students, and members of the outdoor industry.


New Training for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Presented by NOLS and Hosted by REI

Wilderness Safety Training

Learn from industry leaders. Hosted by REI and taught by NOLS field staff, this two-day classroom training teaches skills to manage risk on wildernesss trips.

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Who We Work With


More of Our Clients

Adaptive Programming


Colleges & Universities

Conservation & Environmental Education

Government Agencies

K-12 Education

Resarch & Science-based Organizations

Service-based Organizations

Wilderness Skills & Guide Services

Study Abroad &International Education


Risk Services Staff