Jacob Bernthal

Field Instructor - WFR

Jacob Bernthal is a distinguished graduate of the NCOAE’s Instructor Course, embodying the expertise and values we seek in our field instructors. Prior to joining our team, Jacob excelled as a sailing trip leader at Camp Don Lee in Arapahoe, N.C., and showcased his versatility as a retail associate and fly-fishing guide at Great Outdoors Provision Company, also in North Carolina.

Hailing from New Bern, N.C., Jacob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science and conservation from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. His dedication to professional development is evident through his possession of certifications such as Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR. Additionally, he is an active member of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE), which is something that serves as a testament to his commitment to fostering experiential learning in all settings.

Beyond his professional achievements, Jacob finds solace and fulfillment in fly-fishing and sailing during his leisure time. His background and training in safety protocols and risk management enable him to guide NCOAE students and others according to our strict standards.

Since joining NCOAE, Jacob has quickly assimilated into our close-knit community. He appreciates the shared passion for outdoor education and adventure programming that resonates within our staff, and he eagerly anticipates imparting these transformative experiences to students who have yet to explore the remarkable destinations from which NCOAE programs are launched.

As he envisions the future, Jacob aspires to contribute to awe-inspiring documentaries akin to the Discovery Channel’s acclaimed series, such as “Planet Earth.” Alternatively, he envisions himself crafting captivating fly-fishing videos alongside his loyal canine companion, based out of a cozy mountain cabin. Jacob’s profound dedication to his craft and his boundless enthusiasm make him an invaluable asset to our organization, empowering others to explore and connect with the natural world.


Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science & Conservation
University of North Carolina-Wilmington

  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
  • CPR

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