NOLS Expedition


Welcome to the NOLS Expedition program.
(For NOLS Wilderness Medicine, click here.)
 

NOLS  and Western State Colorado University have developed a partnership to provide college credit for NOLS Expedition courses, as well as for select courses in NOLS Custom Education and NOLS Risk Services departments.

Once a student enrolls in a NOLS Expedition course, credit registration is available through Western Extended Studies. Upon successful completion of the course and assignments due, Recreation and Outdoor Education (ROE) credit is awarded under the course prefix OUTD. This prefix was created and approved to define ROE catalog credit for NOLS Expedition credit students that is specific to Extended Studies. The amount of credit earned is based upon the length of the course. 

Special Notice: Western's ROE Department is offering 1 credit for the Wilderness Risk Management Conference. This gives attendees an opportunity to use AmeriCorps or 529 funding to pay for the credit and conference fee. Please contact wrmc@nols.edu or call 307.335.2222 to register for the conference. Once you have a conference registration confirmation from NOLS, then you may complete credit registration with Extended Studies by following the steps below. Please attach your NOLS confirmation to the registration packet submission.

 Credit Registration

Click HERE to download credit registration packet for academic year 2017-2018.

Registration Steps:

  1. Download, carefully read, and complete the NOLS Expedition Course Credit Registration Packet.
  2. Complete, sign and initial all designated areas in Sections B and C (required).
  3. Complete and sign Section D (optional).                
  4. Carefully review Payment Instructions (Cash, AmeriCorps, or 529 plan). Make sure this section is complete.
  5. Return Sections B, C, and D to the Extended Studies Office by email, fax, or mail.
  6. Keep all other information with you in an accessible place for reference. 

​​IMPORTANT:  Registration and full payment for credit should be received by our office no later than two weeks before the first day of a course. Incomplete registration forms will not be processed. Registrations are processed in the order they are received. If received less than two weeks before the course start date, processing is not guaranteed. Registration requests to process AmeriCorps or 529 plan funding for NOLS tuition and fees must be submitted no later than 30 days before the NOLS payment deadline for course fees.

Assignments

Beginning academic year 2016‐2017, the Recreation and Outdoor Education Department (ROE) and Extended Studies designed assignments for NOLS Expedition students that will provide ROE Western State Colorado University course credit* under the course prefix OUTD. The new OUTD course prefix was created and approved to define ROE catalog credit that is specific to Extended Studies Outdoor Programs registration. Based on length of course, students have choices to register in as little as 3 credits or as many as 10 credits to earn course credit. Additional special topics (OUTD 397) credits based on learning experiences gained on course may be added, as well. Each category of credits has a corresponding assignment. A single term registration may not exceed 18 credits. 

Catalog of Courses

 

NOLS EXPEDITION STUDENTS - Download your assignment below:

One Credit Assignment - OUTD 397 Special Topics

One Credit Assignment – OUTD 320 Wilderness and Leave No Trace

One Credit Assignment - OUTD 397 Executive Leadership Expedition
(You must be enrolled in this specific NOLS Custom Education course to do this assignment)

One Credit Assignment - NOLS Alumni Course
(You must be enrolled in this specific NOLS Custom Education course to do this assignment)

One Credit Assignment - OUTD 297 Wilderness Risk Management Conference
(You must be registered to attend this conference through NOLS Risk Services to do this assignment)

Two Credit Assignment - OUTD 397 Special Topics

Three Credit Assignment - OUTD 189 

Six Credit Assignment - OUTD 189, 283

Nine Credit Assignment - OUTD 189, 283, 295 Snow Based

Nine Credit Assignment – OUTD 189, 283, 293 Water Based

Nine Credit Assignment – OUTD 189, 283, 296 Land Based

Ten Credit Assignment – OUTD 189, 283, 295 Snow Based + 320 Wilderness and Leave No Trace

Ten Credit Assignment – OUTD 189, 283, 293 Water Based + 320 Wilderness and Leave No Trace

Ten Credit Assignment – OUTD 189, 283, 296 Land Based + 320 Wilderness and Leave No Trace

Additional 1-8 Credits -  OUTD 397 Special Topics Assignment 

 

Your assignment is due in to our office no later than 3 weeks from the last day of your NOLS Expedition course. You may send it by email or fax to our contact information below. Please refer to the NOLS Expedition Assignment Guidelines for specific guidelines concerning Student Responsibility, Content Instructions, and Assignment Format. 

 

Registration forms and check payments may be mailed to:

Extended Studies
600 N. Adams, Taylor Hall 303
Gunnison, CO 81231

Make checks out to: Western State Colorado University

Registration forms, assignments and questions may be sent by email or fax:

Email: outdoorprograms@western.edu
Fax: 970.943.7068