Adirondack Outdoor Leadership Semester

FALL 2019

Semester Overview

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 NOLS/PSC Adirondack Outdoor Leadership Semester is a stand-alone program offered through Paul Smith’s College’s (PSC) Recreation, Adventure Education, and Leisure Management (RAELM) Program in partnership with NOLS. Students will gain leadership, environmental education, and technical skills while earning professionally-relevant certificates through nationally-accredited outdoor and educational organizations, including NOLS, American Canoe Association, the National Association for Interpretation, and more. With a holistic view of outdoor education and leadership, the semester provides equal emphasis on:

  • fostering and polishing technical skills while gaining relevant certifications
  • developing an ethic of servant leadership
  • strengthening communication and teaching abilities

Designed for You

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 NOLS/PSC Adirondack Outdoor Leadership Semester is an ideal add-on semester for any degree from any college and university, and can also transfer a full 16 credits into the middle of many programs. After the NOLS expedition ends, students will live together on campus for the rest of the semester, continuing and deepening the team experience through a themed living arrangement on our beautiful lakeside campus.