About Our Program

It’s called adventure education for a reason. You’ll immerse yourself in beautiful Yellowstone country, taking classes both in the field and the classroom gaining practical technical and leadership skills. You’ll learn:

  • Technical Skills — whether it’s ice climbing, rock climbing, white water rafting, mountaineering, spelunking or bicycling, your skills become an innate part of who you are when you concentrate on nothing else. You’ll see.
  • Leadership — live in the backcountry for a week and you’ll run smack into your raw leadership style and find out how well you communicate with others. Then you’ll refine that style with opportunities to lead DELTA Summer Camp trips and facilitating high- and low- challenge courses in NWC’s DELTA program.
  • Career Options — you love the adventure of the outdoors, but it takes more than that to make a living. At NWC, you’ll work in the field with people who are getting paid to do what they love outside. You’ll find where your passion can take you in the workforce.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate a groups risk concerns for a specific activity to create a plan that will appropriately manage associated risks.
  2. Apply appropriate leadership theories and techniques in various backcountry and outdoor education settings
  3. Develop and accurate budget to operate an outdoor program/activity ranging in length from one to four days.
  4. Demonstrate professional competency in one or more outdoor skill areas such as rock climbing, backpacking, rafting/kayaking, ropes course, etc.


Degree Options

Associate of Applied Science

Ready to concentrate on the outdoors so you can get out into the world quicker? This degree is for you. You’ll spend four semesters taking mostly outdoor education classes to be ready for an entry-level position when you graduate.


Associate of Science

Looking to earn a bachelor’s degree before you enter the workforce? Choose the AS Degree to transfer to a four-year institution. You’ll take a few more general education classes (math, English, etc.), but still get plenty of outdoor credits.

Challenge Course Facilitation Skills Certificate

You can also get certified in the principles and theories of experiential/adventure education to become a facilitator. You’ll want this if you plan to work on challenge courses or if you’re a teacher who wants to use adventure activities in the classroom.

Compare costs

We challenge you to find another high-quality outdoor education program anywhere that’s as reasonably priced as ours.