Pacific Northwest – Outdoor Educator

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.

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At-a-Glance

If exploring the remote Pacific Northwest while earning your Wilderness First Responder certification sounds like the perfect adventure, the National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) Outdoor Educator course on Oregon and California’s coast is for you.  You’ll spend weeks in the wilderness, exploring mountains, rivers, and the mighty Pacific Ocean. And, it’s practically in your backyard.

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Ages:  
18+
Duration:  
32 days

Course Information

Adventure First

During this 32-day Outdoor Educator Instructor Course, you’ll find yourself exploring remote sections of the Pacific Northwest that you never knew existed.

Starting in southern Oregon, this training takes you into the Klamath National Forest, 1.7 million acres of wilderness area straddling the California border. The adventure continues to Marble Wilderness in Northern California, a pristine 271,000-acre area managed by the U.S. Forest Service. From the east slope of the Cascade Mountains, you’ll paddle the Deschutes River, a tributary of the powerful Columbia River. You’ll paddle, climb and hike your way to the Pacific Ocean at Shelter Cove for ocean wave riding and additional trekking.

During this 32-day Outdoor Educator Instructor Course, you’ll find yourself exploring remote sections of the Pacific Northwest that you never knew existed. While paddling, climbing, hiking and surfing, you’ll be learning, sharpening, and practicing the skills to plan and lead adventure-based experiential education trips.

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  • Duration: 32 days
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Tuition: $6,400.00
  • Credit Hours: 5

Education Always

  • Wilderness First Responder certification
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer certification
  • Expedition planning
  • Wilderness Risk Management
  • Remote wilderness camp craft
  • Backcountry navigation
  • Expedition cooking and food planning
  • Experience best practices in environmental and civic responsibility
  • Teaching-level knowledge of the NCOAE core curriculum
  • Itinerary
  • FAQs
  • Credits
  • Outcomes
  • Downloads

Itinerary Highlights

  • Raft or kayak the Klamath River to the mighty Pacific Ocean.
  • Pitch your tent on a remote beach for days of camping and surfing.
  • Camp on coarse black sand, hike on pebbly beaches, make your way across slippery boulders, and learn about the Pacific Coast.
  • Splash down the wild and scenic Klamath River, the second largest river in California. Spend days enjoying fun rapids, awe-inspiring mountain scenery, scenic side hikes, warm water, and a safari of wildlife sightings.
  • Spend days paddling The Wild and Scenic Grande Ronde River

Why Take This Course

  • Advance your knowledge of outdoor education curriculum
  • Discover which areas of outdoor and wilderness education are best suited to your strengths
  • Acquire career skills that will allow you to teach and travel in pristine destinations around the country — and around the world!

Where You’ll Be

  • Mountains and rivers near Bend, OR
  • Klamath National Forest, OR
  • Marble Mountain Wilderness, OR
  • Klamath River, OR & CA
  • Pacific Ocean, Shelter Cove, CA

 

What is the Pacific Northwest Outdoor Educator Instructor course?

The Pacific Northwest Outdoor Educator Instructor course is a 32-day co-ed training program that takes you to the southern part of the Pacific Northwest, where you’ll learn the skills required to plan and prepare for outdoor adventure-based experiential education course. You’ll learn paddling, surfing, backpacking, backcountry cooking, wilderness camping, environmental and civic responsibility, leadership and communications styles, decision-making, and teamwork. At the end of this training, you’ll be able to guide groups in the backcountry using these very skills yourself.

If your career game plan includes working as an outdoor educator, leading youngsters and adults in and around wilderness and backcountry settings, our Pacific Northwest Outdoor Educator Instructor course is for you.

Where will we be staying?

Our accommodations are in the backcountry and in wilderness settings. Each day, you’ll be expected to carry all of your personal possessions on your back, pitch your tent each night, participate in food preparation and cooking, and sleep soundly under the stars. The next morning, you’ll wake up and do it all again… with some daily variation, of course. The simplicity of each day is balanced with the knowledge that you are fully self-sufficient in caring for yourself in the wilderness.

How different is the Outdoor Educator from the Semester course?

We know that an entire semester isn’t feasible for everyone, but we still want to share the magic of the Pacific Northwest with you. For the Outdoor Educator course, we combine the highlights of the river and the ocean with our noteworthy Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course. This shorter, more intense Outdoor Educator course allows for a wide variety of activities, while providing opportunities to explore the best of the Pacific Northwest wilderness. If you are struggling with the idea that a month may be too short, we suggest you consider joining us for a semester.

Is the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course really difficult?

WFR training is physically and mentally challenging. And, we think you’ll love it. WFR training includes instruction that combines technical medical skills and hands-on scenarios. Most graduates insist that the most important parts of the WFR course are the “real life” scenarios that challenged them to use their newly developed medical skills outside of the classroom. While the curriculum is demanding, our NCOAE instructors are some of the best in the industry. Our instructors will work with you to ensure you thoroughly understand each concept during the course, because they want you to succeed.

Is the Outdoor Educator Instructor course offered in other locations or on different dates?

Yes. The Pacific Northwest course offers you unequaled access to remote wilderness and rugged areas of the Pacific Coast to help you on your path to becoming a wilderness educator. However, if the timing doesn’t work for you or the Pacific Northwest doesn’t appeal to you, NCOAE offers this course in a variety of locations and during different periods throughout the year. You can explore Patagonia, Alaska, North Carolina, or East Africa. We want you to join us at a time and place that’s best for you.

How is NCOAE different from the other big outdoor program providers?

Unlike other outdoor adventure education providers, NCOAE’s core curriculum has been proven to have a positive impact on our participants’ self-confidence, interpersonal relationships, and civic and environmental responsibility. In addition, we’re a small operation with big hearts, and that means we focus on you individually as well as in the context of your group. Your experience is the most important experience to us. We started our non-profit with a passion for bringing people into the wilderness, and that passion drives us every day. We are committed to providing an exceptional experience tailored to each individuals, needs, interests, and capabilities. You aren’t just a number when you’re with NCOAE. You’re one of us.

Can I take multiple courses?

Because each international NCOAE course is different, you may find that you would like to link a variety of courses together. If that is the case, please give us a call, and we can help you decide the best combination of skill progression and destinations to align with your objectives. It’s always an adventure!

Academic Credit

This course is NOT currently eligible to receive college credit through the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. If you are interested in receiving academic credit take a look at the list of courses below.  The following courses are currently eligible for up to six college-level credits through The University of North Carolina – Wilmington:

All courses are found in SeaNet under the following Course IDs:

  • EVS 485 — Issues in Sustainability: 6 credits
  • EVS 592 — Issues in Sustainability: 6 credits

Course Outcomes

This 32-day training exposes you to a variety of terrain and will develop your skills in various environmental settings as a professional outdoor educator. You will surf, paddle, hike and explore mountains and rivers, and encounter remote flora, fauna, and landscapes.

Where do you want to go (physically, mentally, socially, academic, etc.)?

This training will prepare you with the confidence and competence necessary to be a world-class backcountry leader and teacher. You will learn and practice the tools to be an effective communicator and make positive choices for your life and for your community. You’ll live, learn, and travel through some of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the western United States.

You will return home confident in your ability to lead others and guide, and instruct groups in the backcountry using your newfound skills.

How will NCOAE help you get there?

You’ll develop your personal leadership style, gain wilderness skills, and learn effective tools for communication. Finally, you will acquire skills with self and group assessment, group management, and develop the ability to teach and share your appreciation of the natural environment with others.

Best of all, you’ll advance your opportunities — to work in the wilderness, and to affect positive changes in the world.

This Outdoor Educator – Pacific Northwest course and academic adventure is only offered through NCOAE, which is why we’re excited to offer it in Oregon and California.

Upcoming Dates / Reserve Your Spot

This Outdoor Educator – Pacific Northwest course and academic adventure is only offered through NCOAE, which is why we’re excited to offer it in Oregon and California.

You’ll develop your personal leadership style, gain wilderness skills, and learn effective tools for communication. Finally, you will acquire skills with self and group assessment, group management, and develop the ability to teach and share your appreciation of the natural environment with others.