Adirondack Outdoor Leadership Semester

FALL 2019


provides the best-of-the-industry wilderness trip


provides its acclaimed Adirondack campus for a semester of leadership certifications and targeted coursework



supply the grit!

Love the outdoors?

Thinking about sharpening your outdoor leadership skills?

Want to add some practical value to your degree?

Introducing an Adirondack Semester program designed expressly for students interested in developing professional-grade outdoor leadership skills and useful certifications. This is the program for people who love the Adirondacks, love the outdoors, and want to follow their dream of stepping forward and helping to lead others safely into the wild places of the planet.

You know that high-quality technical and environmental outdoor skills, and more importantly, the ability to effectively communicate with and guide others, have never been more important as the world’s natural areas attract ever more visitors seeking recreation, discovery, and enjoyment. The NOLS/PSC Adirondack Outdoor Leadership Semester is a comprehensive and targeted program designed to equip those interested in the profession with valuable field time, coursework and certifications in outdoor skills, teaching/interpretive skills, and the history and ethics of guiding.

Chase your dream! In one Paul Smith’s College semester, you can develop more outdoor skills and certifications than many outdoor professionals ever get in a career. The program is designed to admit any student with at least one year of college. No pre-requisite courses are required. Certifications do require fulfillment of criteria set by the certifying agency and may require students to have prior  experience in the subject area to be eligible to take the certification course. The program is an ideal add-on semester for any degree from any college and university, and can also transfer a full 15 credits into the middle of many programs.