Semester & Year Courses

Why Choose NOLS?

NOLS is the only organization that combines decades of wilderness experience with innovative leadership curriculum, top-tier instructors, and unparalleled risk management.

Education for Life

Develop leadership and outdoor skills as you explore wild places in the U.S. and around the world.

Financial Aid

NOLS welcomes all students and supports dreams by providing more financial aid than any organization in the industry—we award nearly $1.9 million in need-based scholarships each year. Additional financial aid opportunities include veterans benefits, 529 savings plans, and AmeriCorps education awards.

Apply for a Semester Scholarship

Academic Credit

More than 400 colleges and universities nationwide accept college and high school credit earned on a NOLS course—up to 27 hours for an academic year. Qualifying subject areas include: cultural studies, first aid, risk management, leadership techniques, and environmental studies.

Learn More about Earning Academic Credit

Blog: Stories from the Wild

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WAKING UP IN THE WILDERNESS

I woke in the middle of the night to cold on my nose and a black strip of sky smattered with stars in my vision. It was all I could see, my sleeping bag cinched up around my face... arrowRead More

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THANKING THE WILDERNESS FOR LETTING ME IN

Last night I said goodbye to a group of people that changed my life completely. Some of the greatest friends I could ever have parted ways with, all changed and renewed in their own...  arrowRead More

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WHY YOU SHOULD GET OUTSIDE FOR YOUR GAP YEAR

If you’re looking for a program that’s truly different, where you’ll gain actual skills, completely unplug, and learn by experience rather than from lectures, you might consider getting off the beaten track... arrowRead More

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3 MONTHS IN THE ROCKIES TO 30 COUNTRIES IN A YEAR: HOW A NOLS ALUM WENT WORLDWIDE

I had never been canyoneering, kayaking, rock climbing... arrowRead More

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WAKING UP IN THE WILDERNESS

adam-stoumen-maya-johnston-sun-tree-edit-540x387.jpg

THANKING THE WILDERNESS FOR LETTING ME IN

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WHY YOU SHOULD GET OUTSIDE FOR YOUR GAP YEAR

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3 MONTHS IN THE ROCKIES TO 30 COUNTRIES IN A YEAR: HOW A NOLS ALUM WENT WORLDWIDE

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