Choosing to immerse yourself in any of NCOAE’s courses may be one of the most powerful decisions you will ever make. While, you may be looking for outdoor adventure, experiential learning, medical training, or a combination of all three, what you’ll get is an entirely new outlook on yourself and your place in the world. The impact is astounding.

Adventure First: The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is the hub of relevant and inspiring programming. We believe that unique educational settings have the power to help people create positive and profoundly empowering experiences. And, our classroom extends around the world, from the remote Pacific Coast to the high Himalayan Mountains to the turquoise rivers of Patagonia and beyond.

The heart of every course is NCOAE’s core curriculum, which provides a data-proven positive impact on participants’ leadership, decision-making, and communication.

Education Always: If you would like to work professionally in the outdoor industry around the world, a course with NCOAE will challenge you to learn and practice more than you thought possible in our Outdoor Educator Instructor, Semester & Gap Year or the Women’s Wilderness Initiative. The wilderness skills you gain are applicable to a wide variety of jobs and opportunities in the outdoor, wilderness, and adventure travel industries. To top it all off, you can receive academic credit for participating on any NCOAE course.


Outdoor Educator

Image of a river in Patagonia.

Outdoor Educator – Patagonia

A 31-day Patagonia expedition designed to give you the skills needed to work professionally as an outdoor educator with international experience. And, it’s absolutely spectacular.

  • Ages 18+
  • Duration 31 days
  • Tuition $6,600.00

Outdoor Educator – Alaska

Hidden in the pristine Alaskan backcountry is a faraway adventure through the least visited National Park in the United States.

  • Ages 18+
  • Duration 32 days
  • Tuition $6,895.00

Outdoor Educator – North Carolina

If Outdoor Education interests you, consider our 31-day North Carolina course to help you decide whether a professional career in the outdoors is for you. We think it could be.

  • Ages 18+
  • Duration 31 days
  • Tuition $5,985.00

Outdoor Educator – Pacific Northwest

If exploring the remote Pacific Northwest while earning your Wilderness First Responder certificate sounds like the perfect adventure, the NCOAE Outdoor Educator course on Oregon and California’s coast is for you.

  • Ages 18+
  • Duration 32 days
  • Tuition $6,400.00

Outdoor Educator – East Africa

Live a true African adventure. Spend 33-days combining safari, Wilderness First Responder training, cultural immersion and high-altitude backpacking with NCOAE.

  • Ages 18+
  • Duration 33 days
  • Tuition $7,260.00

Semester & Gap Year

Spring Semester – Patagonia

The peaks of Patagonia, the turquoise whitewater rivers, and the adventure of an entire semester with NCOAE in Chile – you may never want to leave.

  • Ages 18+
  • Duration 84 days
  • Tuition $17,800.00

Spring Semester – Pacific Northwest

Armed with a bulging backpack full of outdoor and adventure education knowledge and skill – you’ll spend months in the wilderness, exploring mountains, rivers, and the mighty Pacific Ocean.

  • Ages 18+
  • Duration 84 days
  • Tuition $16,800.00

Women's Wilderness

Custom Courses

Create Your Own Custom Course

Interested in bringing a National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) training or course to your school, nonprofit organization, business, university, summer program or student group?