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For University & College Groups

Experiential Learning and Courses for Colleges and Universities

Adventure, Skills, & Fun

Nantahala Outdoor Center offers top-notch instruction, team-building activities, leadership development, and adventure! In order to train, study, improve abilities, and simply have fun, NOC provides a wide variety of experiences for college outdoor programs, student orientation, Greek organizations, sports teams, and more! The Group Sales Team at NOC can create a customized river skills program, outdoor experiences, or wilderness medicine courses to suit your needs. Several of the nation’s oldest collaborations are with school groups, who come to NOC year after year for study or adventure.

Build Your Own Adventure

For your group’s single- or multi-day trip, NOC provides a wide range of adventure alternatives from Atlanta to Asheville. For overnight trips, combine lodging, meals, and a variety of activities. Select from a myriad of options for activities and schedules, such as:

  • Whitewater Rafting on 6 rivers across the Southeast
  • Zip Line Adventure Park
  • Mountaintop Zip Line Tour
  • Ropes Challenge Course & Team Building
  • Guided Nature Hike
  • Leave No Trace
  • Mountain Biking
  • Stand-Up Paddle Boarding & Kayaking on Fontana Lake

Skills Training

Voted the “Best Place to Learn” by Outside Magazine, NOC’s renowned Paddling School has over 40+ years of experience that goes into every class. Whitewater kayak instruction is available for beginner to advanced levels, from single day introduction courses to multi-day custom instruction. Beyond whitewater kayak instruction, receive skills training through our Raft Guide School, Swiftwater Rescue courses, and ACA Canoe & Kayak Instructor courses.

NOC is the Southeastern home of SOLO, the originator of wilderness medicine training. Industry-recognized certifications include Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Wilderness EMT (WEMT), and more. We offer courses on campus or away courses where our instructors travel to you.

Let NOC help you build the perfect trip for your group. Call our Custom Group Sales Coordinators at 828.785.5010 or request more information for pricing and adventure options!


Build the Perfect Trip

Let NOC’s Group Coordinators help you build the perfect trip!

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