Values-Based Adventure & Education

The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is the values-based outdoor adventure and education provider for teens and adults interested in personal growth and professional development. By teaching a core curriculum that emphasizes teamwork, environmental stewardship and the acquisition of technical skills, we help people improve their self-confidence and interpersonal relationships.

Outdoor Educator • Semester & Gap Year • Women's Wilderness

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NCOAE Embraces Place-Based Learning

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Embedded in each of our outdoor and wilderness-based experiential education courses is the delivery of place-based learning, which was first introduced by David Sobel in his groundbreaking book, Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities. Place-based learning connects students to history,…

Now’s the Time to Explode Your Backpack

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Most successful outdoor retailers take monthly, quarterly, and/or an annual inventory of what they have in stock, what needs to be replaced, and what might need to be added to the store’s shelves. Items that sit ignored on the shelf…