In order to develop skills in outdoor education, you'll have to fully immerse yourself in an education that takes you outdoors! You'll be hiking, biking, rafting, climbing and skiing Wyoming's expansive terrain, while developing skills you need for a career as a leader in the outdoors. This unique program will have you learning through field based excursions in the remote wilderness areas in and around the Wyoming Rockies. Wilderness expeditions and outdoor skills courses are combined with natural history and a liberal arts curriculum.

CWC’s Outdoor Education and Leadership is unique in four ways

  • Our Outdoor Education Center at Sinks Canyon with student housing
  • Focus on experential education and partnership with the NOLS
  • Outstanding faculty
  • World class location in the foothills of the Wyoming Rockies

As part of the program, you will have the option to spend up to one full semester taking wilderness-based courses with the NOLS. NOLS offers these educational expeditions at remote, pristine locations in the U.S. and abroad. To receive college college credit for NOLS courses, students must enroll concurrently in the appropriate corresponding course at CWC. For more information on NOLS offerings visit the NOLS website.

Program Requirements

Courses Credits
Intro to Environmental Science 4
Leading Adventure Programs 3
Intro to outdoor Education 3
Outdoor Education Practicum 4
Outdoor Recreation 3
Wilderness First Responder OR Wilderness Emegerency Medical Technician 4
General Psychology 4

Students must choose 4 credits from the following list of Expedition courses listed below

​ ​In order to develop skills in outdoor education, you'll have to fully immerse yourself in an education that takes you outdoors! You'll be hiking, biking, rafting, climbing and skiing Wyoming's expansive terrain, while developing skills you need for a career as a leader in the outdoors. This unique program will have you learning through field based excursions in the remote wilderness areas in and around the Wyoming Rockies. Wilderness expeditions and outdoor skills courses are combined with natural history and a liberal arts curriculum.

CWC’s Outdoor Education and Leadership is unique in four ways

  • Our Outdoor Education Center at Sinks Canyon with student housing
  • Focus on experential education and partnership with the NOLS
  • Outstanding faculty
  • World class location in the foothills of the Wyoming Rockies

As part of the program, you will have the option to spend up to one full semester taking wilderness-based courses with the NOLS. NOLS offers these educational expeditions at remote, pristine locations in the U.S. and abroad. To receive college college credit for NOLS courses, students must enroll concurrently in the appropriate corresponding course at CWC. For more information on NOLS offerings visit the NOLS website.

Program Requirements

Courses Credits
Natural History of Regional Ecosystems 1-5
Outdoor Educator 1-5
Outdoor Leadership Instructor 1-5
Outdoor Education & Leadership 1-5
Wilderness Horsepacking 1-5
Mountaineering 1-5
Wilderness Backpacking 1-5
Combined Expedition
Rock Climbing
Water Expedition
Environmental Ethics & Management

Electives

View the course catalog for a full list of electives

General Ed. Requirements

​ ​In order to develop skills in outdoor education, you'll have to fully immerse yourself in an education that takes you outdoors! You'll be hiking, biking, rafting, climbing and skiing Wyoming's expansive terrain, while developing skills you need for a career as a leader in the outdoors. This unique program will have you learning through field based excursions in the remote wilderness areas in and around the Wyoming Rockies. Wilderness expeditions and outdoor skills courses are combined with natural history and a liberal arts curriculum.

CWC’s Outdoor Education and Leadership is unique in four ways

  • Our Outdoor Education Center at Sinks Canyon with student housing
  • Focus on experential education and partnership with the NOLS
  • Outstanding faculty
  • World class location in the foothills of the Wyoming Rockies

As part of the program, you will have the option to spend up to one full semester taking wilderness-based courses with the NOLS. NOLS offers these educational expeditions at remote, pristine locations in the U.S. and abroad. To receive college college credit for NOLS courses, students must enroll concurrently in the appropriate corresponding course at CWC. For more information on NOLS offerings visit the NOLS website.

Program Requirements

Courses Credits
Writing Level I 3
Writing Level II 3
American and Wyoming Government 3
Arts 3
Cultural Activites/Community Engagement 2
Personal Financial Planning 1
Humanities 3
Mathematics 3
Oral Communications 3
Freshman Seminar 1
Wellness 1

More Information

CWC Outdoor Education enjoys a truly world class location, adjoining the nation’s first national forest. We are a 2-hour drive to Jackson Hole, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Parks. Just out the back door, Sinks Canyon State Park is a stunning outdoor playground which serves as a gateway to the Wind River Mountains. Sinks is home to Limestone, Sandstone, and Granite rock climbing, a cave system, mountain bike and ski trails, and some of the best fly-fishing in the country.

Sinks Canyon conveniently borders both the sub-alpine and high desert ecosystems where elk, pronghorns, cougars, and coyotes can be spotted. At CWC our students develop leadership and outdoor adventure skills with wilderness as a key part of their college experience.

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Cost & Fees

This is an estimated budget of expenses you may incur at CWC and represents the maximum amount of student aid funding you may receive. This is not an actual bill. The following budget amounts are based on full-time (12+ credits) for the full year. The amount you might actually spend (except for tuition, fees and books) may vary.

*Western Undergraduate Exchange WUE - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands.

2017-2018 Figures In-State WUE* Out-Of-State
Tuition & Fees $3,024 $4,152 $7,536
Books/Supplies $1,200 $1,200 $1,200
Room & Board $6,681 $6,681 $6,681
Transportation $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Total $13,405 $14,533 $17,917
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