Programs are hands-on and many also include a wilderness trip to hone and test skills. Whether you are planning your first backpacking trip or the next big adventure, NOW Outdoors offers exceptional courses for an ideal wilderness experience. Courses are taught by Nick Gordon, founder of NOW Outdoors and University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee instructor.

Programs are intended for students ages 18+.

Please contact info@nowoutdoors.org with any inquiries. Courses tailored to your group’s individual needs are available!

Past offerings include:

Intro to Backpacking

Course Description: In this outdoor adventure class, students will learn how to properly prepare and execute a successful backpacking experience in the wilderness.  Through hands on demonstrations, students will learn about modern backpacking gear and lightweight techniques.  This course concludes with a weekend trip to a wilderness location in northern Wisconsin. Students will set up their own camp sites and practice new skills in the field.

 

Advanced Backpacking

Course Description: In this high adventure program, students will incorporate ultra-light techniques and advanced outdoor knowledge culminating in a 4 day wilderness-backpacking experience.  Students will be encouraged to experiment with different gear, modify tools, and share tips and tricks they may discover during the course.

 

Intro to Winter Camping

Course Description:  No bug spray needed for this exciting cold weather course.  Learn techniques and skills to camp comfortably and enjoyably in cold Wisconsin winters.  Through hands on demonstrations and group exercises, students will prepare for a 2 day wilderness camping experience where they can practice their skills in the field.

 

Advanced Winter Camping

Course Description: Students will learn how to properly prepare and execute a successful weekend camping experience in deep snow country.  The class will travel from the parking area to the objective sites on snowshoes or cross-country skies with all the equipment carried in a backpack or pulk sled. The building of snow caves will be strongly recommended; tents are ok too.  Cooking will be conducted over the campfire.

 

Camp Cooking

Course Description: If you can cook it at home, you can cook it outside!  Through hands on demonstrations, students will learn how to prepare meals for a multitude of camping situations.  Students will prepare new recipes each week using different techniques including Dutch ovens, dehydrators, and the wilderness kitchen. This course welcomes creativity and a good appetite!

 

Wilderness Survival

Course Description: In this class students will increase backwoods knowledge while learning to live in the wilderness with the bare essentials (e.g.no backpacks, mess kits, or water bottles, etc.) This is a basic level class great for anyone interested in the outdoors and culminates with a 3 day wilderness trip where students can practice new skills.  This is a very creative class focused on using your head to overcome difficult situations.

 

Canoe Camping

Course Description: In this wilderness adventure course, you will learn to navigate lakes using a variety of techniques. Participants will also learn how to navigate portage routes and carry their canoes and gear between waterways. This course concludes with a 3 day canoe trip in northern Wisconsin where students will be able to practice their skills in the wilderness!

 

Canoeing

Course Description: Learn how to navigate lakes and rivers in the back country. Students will also learn how to use a variety of tools to prepare meals, keep dry in adverse conditions, and even get a taste of whitewater rafting. This course concludes with a 3 day canoe trip in northern Wisconsin where students will be able to put their skills to the test in a true wilderness setting!