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A young boy hiking.
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The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education

Adventure First.
Education Always.

Find Your Adventure

Find Your Adventure

Values-Based

Adventure Education

We are the values-based outdoor adventure and education provider for teens and adults interested in personal growth and professional development.

Challenge by Choice

Self-determination allows us to challenge ourselves and others, enhance knowledge and understanding, develop new skills, change attitudes and behaviors, and build confidence.

Innovation

By learning from our own experiences and championing original and derivative thinking, we seek to differentiate ourselves and provide unmatched experiences for those we serve.

Collaboration

Thoughtful collaboration, based on the acknowledgement of one another’s strengths, allows us to optimize our business operations and deliver transformative student experiences.

Proactiveness

Being prepared allows us to mitigate risks, improve student experiences, advance our internal processes, and plan for and be comfortable with the unknown.

Compassion

We relate with others through acceptance and understanding in order to promote personal growth and engaging student experiences in a supportive community.

Resiliency

We persist in the face of adversity, learn from failure, and adapt and evolve to become stronger and wiser.

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Custom Programs

Create a custom program specific to your organization’s team, interests, and desired outcomes. From itineraries to dates to locations, we’ll work together to design a transformative outdoor and wilderness based experience that far exceeds your highest expectations.

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Become an NCOAE Instructor

Gain the skills necessary to become a full-time outdoor educator, backcountry guide, wilderness medicine instructor, or EMT instructor on an NCOAE instructor course!

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Field Instructor

Learn how to lead a variety of outdoor adventure courses as a backcountry guide or outdoor educator.

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Wilderness Medicine Instructor

Build essential expertise to teach the necessary medical training for wilderness adventures.

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EMT Instructor

Learn more about becoming an EMT Instructor at NCOAE

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Latest Blog Posts

August 3, 2022

When it Comes to Wilderness, Is it an Adventure or Experience?

By Stephen Mullaney

July 22, 2022

The Role of the Wilderness First Responder During Water Rescues

By Kate Javes

July 11, 2022

Outdoor Industry Jobs Require Personal Experience and Certifications

By Stephen Mullaney